Oh heyyyy Sunday! You sure crept up on us FAST! This weekend has been so relaxing for Matt and I. Austin and EllaBleu are with their Dad and Grayson is with is mom, which means Matt and I are almost kid free this weekend and are enjoying a little down time. Hudson is really pretty easy at this point (other than him destroying his room with his toys and making messes all over the house) so it’s a bit more quiet when the older 3 are gone. Matt and I just kind of tinkered around the house yesterday and ran some errands. Today Matt and Hudson are working on some ‘honey-dos’ which means I get to have some blogging time, YAHOO!
Matt and I like to find simple and fun things to do together when we have some (almost) alone time. We feel it’s one of the things that we do that helps us to keep our connection strong. This being such an important part of our life and marriage, we thought it would be fun to share 7 fun weekend activities to do with your spouse….. that won’t break the bank!
Bike Riding– I think I’ve talked about this A LOT in other posts, so it may be a bit redundant, but we just enjoy it SO much! And not just because we like to be healthy, but because we both REALLY like to eat ice cream! One of the first trips we took when we were dating was to Santa Barbara. We packed up our mountain bikes and rode almost everyday. Matt kept taking me on this massive hill that seemed like it would never end, I wanted to kill him, but at the top I still loved him ;). That trip was so fun and we connected more than ever. It seems like that trip kind of set the tone for our love for bike riding together. We really just enjoy excersising together, no matter what we are doing.
Learning Something New Together– this could be anything really, like a new sport or activity. But learning something new together means that it’s not me teaching him, or him teaching me, it’s us experiencing something for the first time together. When we were in Hawaii, on our baby moon, we got the urge to try paddle boarding! We explored where we could rent them, what size board was best for each of us, and away we went. It was both of our first time, I was 5 months pregnant with Hudson, and as big as a whale, I had NO business being on a paddle board. But we wanted to do it together. Meanwhile I was slipping and falling off of the board and Matt was on a mission to catch a whale. By the time he was about 10 feet away from the whale (no joke!) I was having a heart attack! We loved trying this together for the first time and had so much fun!
Reading a New Book Together– Ok, cheese ball city I know, but try it! When Matt and I read a book together we have something new to talk about and it’s so fun getting each others perspective on what we’re reading. It helps us grow individually and together. This book is next on our list.
Couples Massage– We both LOVE massages. I actually didn’t appreciate them as much as I should have until I met Matt, he is used to getting massages pretty regularly. This is defiantly a luxury, not everyone has the time or finances to support a massage regularly, but if you can swing a couple massage every now and then it’s so worth it. Even though there isn’t a lot of conversation going on between us during our massage, we’re both in the same room relaxing together and really like trying to maintain that relaxed place together for as long as we can. If you can find a spa that has a separate pool and jacuzzi for the spa guests, it’s even better! One of my favorite spas is the Hyatt at Gainey Ranch in Scottsdale Arizona. They have a huge mineral pool that contains minerals flown in from Europe! It’s simply amazing and feels so incredible on my skin.
Going For a Drive, ALONE– Sometimes just being in the car alone helps us connect. Whether we’re driving to the mountains for vacation, driving to Starbucks, or just going to pick up one of our kids from friends house or sports event, we get a few minutes alone and can catch up.
Kayaking– This probably falls into the bike riding, exercise category, but that’s ok. Matt and I have been kayaking together before but for Christmas this year, instead of Matt and I buying a presents for each other, we decided to buy kayaks for the whole family. We bought 4 single seaters, and one 2 seater. We took them on our last trip to San Diego and the kids had a blast! I was pretty sick with the flu during this trip so I was not in the mood to kayak, but still had a good time. There’s something really refreshing and peaceful about being on the water, paddling around together. We love this time together. If you don’t own any kayaks, you can usually rent them at nearby lakes or outdoor stores. These are the ones we have and LOVE.
Playing A Game– So, this can sound either childish or really old people like. But have you tried it?! I’ve always loved board games, card games, any kind of games, so when we’re traveling in our motorhome, the kids will always ask me to play a game with them because they know I love them, especially UNO, lol! Matt is not a game lover, but we can get him to join in once in a while. He actually played Whatcha Mouth with us recently and we were almost peeing our pants laughing at him, he was so funny! (You can find that game here) When Matt and I play games together, just the two of us, it gives us a chance to slow down, laugh and be silly together, which I find incredibly important in our marriage. It’s not fun to be serious all of the time!
These are just some of our favorite simple activities we like to do together, and they don’t cost a bunch of money. We’d love to hear some fun activities you and your spouse (and family) do together. Thanks for stopping by!