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Jordan & Daniel's Valentine's Date

Nat's internet is down, so you get a little peek at what Valentine's Day looked like at the Rock house a day earlier than I promised!

On Friday I came home to this:

:) YES.  

Daniel even ran to our local food co-op and found all gluten/dairy free smores stuff.  He knows the way to my heart.

Even though we were in the middle of our living room, falling asleep in the tent together really made it feel like we took a little trip this weekend.  Therefore, the tent is still up in all of its glory.  I'm actually sitting in it while posting this. :) Forgetting to act like adults is fun!


Nat's Valentine's Dress & Date Ideas

 I know Jordan posted her Valentines Day dress and date ideas last week---per usual I'm a little behind but I've been thinking a lot about what Kyle and I are going to do and of course what I want to wear!
Here are some pretty little dresses I found that won't break the bank!

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Kyle and I are trying to save some moolah but that doesn't mean we don't want to have a good time and spoil each other in less expensive ways.
This Valentine's day we want to go to dinner but not somewhere super fancy but nice enough that I can get pretty for my man.
As you know we recently moved and although our address is still Tulsa we are surrounded by Broken Arrow. Last weekend I strolled down main street BA which they are building up as the Rose District. It is super cute and it's exciting that it is being developed. There are a couple restaurants that look like they fit our style---smaller more casual, yet intimate.
I recommend exploring your town to find new places you've never been before! Even if it doesn't go as planned it will probably be a story for the books!

As for a possible gift idea, we already established we weren't going to spend any money on each other so I've been thinking of some sort of tradition or keepsake that we can add to each year.

1. Create a Bucket List together

2. Make a back drop and take a picture in front of it each year with something significant at that time of your life as a prop

3. Year of dates: put together date night ideas/kit envelops to use every month of the year

4. Come up with 1 year goals, 5 year goals and 10 year goals for your marriage and life--you can set Valentines day as the time to review

5. Start a journal you can write love letters to each other in

6. Find something from your Valentines date night to keep and then display it some where you can add to it each year. Ex: Press or dry the flowers your man gave you and start a shadow box of Valentines Days.

7. Start a tradition to make a drawing you each add to--I know this would be artwork to remember with Kyle's artistic ability hehe

I'm excited to get some of these things started for our marriage/relationship. They each will only bring memories and growth in the process. Also, I know I sometimes feel like since I haven't started any of these the first year of our marriage that I missed out and might has well not start now----I've got to get that thought out of my mind! These are great things to start at any point in a relationship!

I hope these dresses and dates might spark an idea for you and your man!


Valentine's Dress & Date Ideas

I am so excited for Daniel and I to celebrate our first married Valentine's Day! I'm a huge sucker for holidays (it's annoying, really) and any excuse to celebrate, exchange gifts and shower my loved ones with appreciation. Daniel is my favorite person give all this attention to, so I LOVE this holiday!

We haven't narrowed down what exactly we'll be doing yet, but we've discussed a few ideas.  I'm a big tradition-loving dork and think it's super fun to wear a cutesy red dress or a classy little black dress for V Day, so I've been doing a little online window shopping because I think we'll go out at some point that weekend. Here are a few that caught my eye:

Daniel and I recently realized we haven't really gotten dressed up for a date since we got married, so I'm excited! I don't even know how or when it became the norm for me to wear oversized sweatshirts and yoga pants, but here we are.  Time to put in a little effort and shave my legs, I suppose! :)

Like I said, we don't have set plans yet, but here are a few ideas I've entertained and thought I'd share in case any of you are in the same boat.

Nontraditional Valentine's Date Ideas

1. Build a fort in your living room and have a dinner picnic on the floor.  Fall asleep in front of the fire.

2. Want to get dressed up, but can't decide on a restaurant? Have dinner, dessert, and drinks at three different places--find a new favorite local spot!

3. Grab a hot cup of coffee and go to a local bookstore.  Write little notes of encouragement and leave them in random books.  Take that happy energy and write notes to each other afterward.

4. Try that complicated recipe you've feared for far too long.  Make it a five course dinner at home! Get dressed up, put on some fancy music, and don't feel bad for hogging the table all evening.

5. Maybe you weren't high school sweethearts and your memories of prom aren't happy ones. Or maybe you were, but your prom experience together was just plain awkward and stressful.  Have a do-over! Head to your local thrift store, buy an oldschool prom dress and suit jacket, and get all tacky fancy.  Hang Christmas lights around the living room, set your camera on self timer for prom photos, and turn the music up too loud.  Dance like idiots.  And hey, this time you'll probably get lucky afterward, and it's okay! (Hahaha, sorry, I had to!)

6. Go shopping and pick out one another's clothes to try on for each other.  Let your spouse pick what you'll wear that night.  Free alternative: shop each other's closets and pick out outfits for each other from there!

8.  Go to a local coffee shop and buy a drink for someone sitting alone.

9.  Go on a staycation!  Eat at a local restaurant you've never been to, explore all those little shops you've always wanted to go in.  Book a room at a local hotel, enjoy the hot tub and sleep in!

10.  Start a new tradition for just the two of you.  Go to a pottery studio and make a bowl or cup together--engrave the year and plan to return next year.  Get up early in the morning and drive to a new city, grab a cheap souvenir and start a collection.  Go to a show and save the ticket stubs.

And if you're looking for gift ideas or another fun date idea, or both, I still have a few slots open for this deal! :) Contact me for more info.

Speaking of dates, Daniel and I have one with our realtor and five or six houses this evening---eeeek I can't wait!

Stay warm, lovebirds!