Thursday Things I Love: New Projects, Dates, and Spring

I read this quote recently and loved it:

Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.

-Ann Lamott

My friend Whitney recently posted about a date night at Chick Fil A where customers were encouraged to turn off their phones and put them in a box on the table for their Family Challenge. I really like that idea. As a blogger, it can be difficult to turn off your phone. What about taking pics to use in posts next week? What about updating social media to keep people engaged? Blah blah blah. I love my phone and I think people take their phone/social media bashing a bit far. I mean, you can ALWAYS find something to be distracted by; if it wasn’t our phones it would inevitably be something else. But, with that being said, I love this idea of “unplugging” from the world for a bit and recharging the proverbial batteries. This is so powerful to do as a family. Go for a walk. Read a book. Just be together, without the noise of the outside world clamoring for your attention. If I’m brave enough, I might even choose one day a week to “unplug.” I’ll keep you update. Er, or not? Lol, see the conundrum I have here? Continue reading “Thursday Things I Love: New Projects, Dates, and Spring”

Thursday Things I Love: Our Life Lately

Do you ever have those times in your life where you have a few days in a row where nothing really special happens and yet everything that happened was special somehow? I mean, I’m not talking about winning the lottery or having a fancy night out with your husband. I’m talking about moment upon moment where you can’t help but realize that your life is really, really great. That you are just so incredibly lucky.

I guess that is our life lately. This past week, I was reminded on almost an hourly basis that things are pretty great. That my life is full of amazing people, and those people fill my story with all this goodness, you know? It’s funny, the dichotomy, though. Mike and I are in the process of trying to figure out some big *life* stuff, and that can feel so heavy. So draining. But in the midst of all this wondering and worrying and stressing and trying-to-figure out-ing, there is also all these people and experiences that draw into focus what matters. Continue reading “Thursday Things I Love: Our Life Lately”

Thursday Things I Love: Puppies, Dates, and Baby Slippers

This Quote:

You must do the thing you think you cannot do.
-Eleanor Roosevelt

This Puppy

My brother and SIL bought a puppy! Josh invited me and the kids over to meet Bowie and I had so much fun watching Theo love on that little doggy. Theo loves dogs. He has this weird sixth sense about them, too. When Mike took Theo trick-or-treating this fall, Theo asked one lady (at a house he’d never been to) where her dog was. Mike said something along the lines of, “Why do you think she has a…?” before he could finish he was cut off by the appearance of – you guessed it – a dog. So weird.

Oliver does NOT like dogs. He screams. SCREAMS. So that is why he is pictured above on the couch. With a blanket. Whimpering. And, ironically, holding a doggy stuffed animal. (Kids. Sheesh.)

In the bottom left photo, Josh let Theo have the leash to take Bowie out before we left. Theo and Bowie started running and before long, the two of them were tangled together. There was lots of laughing and licking. I’m not sure who was more puppy-like: Theo or the actual puppy.  Continue reading “Thursday Things I Love: Puppies, Dates, and Baby Slippers”

15 Easy, Fun Date Nights You Can Try This Winter

Winter in mid-west Ohio brings a host of additional challenges to one’s daily life. Suddenly, heavy layers are required before heading out, a snow brush is a must for winter driving, and activities are limited according to the whims of the winter winds. These challenges can make the already difficult task of finding something fun and out of the ordinary to do with your spouse, feel nearly impossible.

Never fear though, today, I will be sharing with you some of my favorite date night ideas that are winter weather approved! Continue reading “15 Easy, Fun Date Nights You Can Try This Winter”