The goal is simple; we want to make our relationship with each other our number one priority by blocking out time each week for just the two of us – no family, no phones, no chores, no errands, no distractions – and do something that is both fun and memorable. The rules are:
- We must take turns planning each week’s date. Dates can be a surprise or an activity planned together; however, the person whose turn it is must take the lead on making arrangements for the date.
- There is no set budget, but all funds must come from our entertainment account.
- Dates can take place any time of the day, any day of the week (Monday – Sunday).
- There’s no maximum time limit but each date must be at least 2 hours long.
- Dates can involve a meal but do not have to.
- We must take at least one photo while on the date.
- There are 4 “skip” weeks built into the calendar year. These skips can be used at any time to cover illness, vacation, or family obligation.
- Dates can be repeated, but not in the same month.
Date 31: Fun is the New Black
A few years ago we stumbled upon a cemetery full of black walnuts while we were out letterboxing. We kept saying we were going to go back with a bucket and pick some up but we lost the location and never could find it again – until this year. For our date day adventure, we walked the cemetery picking up nuts, before enjoying a picnic lunch and stroll along Station Camp Creek. Though we were warned about the dangers of black walnuts, we thought we’d be okay with just one pair of garden gloves on to remove the husks. Nope. Let’s just say – it’s a good thing black goes with everything because we’ll be wearing this look for a while. Total cost: $0
Date 32: Celebrate Good Times! Come On!
There’s a party going on in here – a celebration to last throughout the year (well, a few of them hopefully!) To celebrate my 3rd and final attempt to quit my job and the 8 years that went into it, we went out for pizza and ice cream. Because who doesn’t like pizza and ice cream?? Total cost: $27.24
Date 33: The Amazing Race
We don’t run, except when we do, and that’s no very often. But boy did run on Saturday! Bledsoe Creek State Park hosted it’s own version of The Amazing Race, where 9 teams worked to figure out clues and get to the finish line first. The entire course was about 3 miles long and even with the shortcuts we knew (we practically live in this park), we still ran at least 2 of those miles. But it was so worth it! We had a blast, and even came in 3rd place. Total cost: $10
Date 34: Apple of My Eye
After picking up or niece for the weekend, we stopped at Shade Tree Farm and Orchard in Adams, TN, where we all enjoyed our first-ever apple cider slushie and picked a peck of Granny Smith, Rome, and Jonagold apples. Angie had just as much fun as Addison climbing on the tractor. Total cost: $25