My husband is a man who loves to surprise me. He loves to wait until the last minute to tell me where we’re going and what we’re going to do. I’ve learned to patiently wait, and also go prepared for any type of adventure or any weather change!
This past Monday was our 41st anniversary and we had discussed taking the day and spending it in nearby Pigeon Forge. We love it there and had several ideas of things to do. However, on Monday morning my husband told me to be ready to leave the house at 11:30 and be ready to head to an undisclosed lunch destination. He also told me I might want to wear a summer dress. I had no idea what he was up to, but I put on a summer dress, but also brought a denim jacket, shorts and casual top (just in case!).
I’m so thankful for a husband who is my sounding board. He listens so patiently as I share the things that are burdening my heart. This week I said,
I’m feeling really stressed over several things that are coming up in the next few weeks. I’m really going to need your help to think right!
He nodded, knowing already the truth that I had just shared. He lives with me. He knows what triggers my wrong responses.
That night after supper, I asked if we could go for a ride. We live in the country, and we often just hit a country road, enjoy the scenery, watch the sun set and come home refreshed. We jumped in the car and he headed towards the interstate. Hmmm, this was no “drive in the country – I sensed we were having a Scenic Route Date/Adventure!” We headed towards Bristol, Virginia, about 30 minutes from where we live.
After driving into town, we headed downtown where all the cute shops are, but also our favorite local bakery – Blackbird Bakery!Excitement was building!!!
Dale parked along the street and we made our way into the bakery where we carefully deliberated over their expansive dessert selections. Their donuts are outstanding, so my husband had one with Peanut Butter filling and a Chocolate glaze. I enjoyed a cute little chocolate tart filled with a light, fluffy mousse and topped with a raspberry.
Taking our treats to a small table, we settled in where we carefully enjoyed each bite of our treats. Then my husband pulled a small cardboard box out of his pocket that contained a game. My heart melted at the fact that he had thought ahead to bring a game! It was Scrabble Slam! A card version of Scrabble. It’s face-paced and of course, “wordy” and so much fun. We played the first round. I won. The second game delighted him because he beat me! So of course we had to have a tie breaker!
We were there about 45 minutes before we headed towards home. It was such a fun time, and a great diversion! I enjoyed it so much that I failed to even snap a picture! The date was relatively short and very low-key, but it was just what I needed, and just what our marriage needed. It’s proof that it doesn’t take lots of planning or lots of money or time to invest in your relationship. It was also a reminder to me about how much I need my husband and what a treasure he is to my life!
Oh, in case you’re wondering about the tie-breaker Scrabble Game, let’s just say, it was close, but my love for words won out!
What fun, yet simple outing could you and your spouse enjoy this week? Perhaps he’s the one who is a little stressed. Your response to him could be the blessing my husband’s thoughtfulness was to me. Take the Scenic Route and enjoy a simple date together!
It was a typical Monday morning for me. The dryer was finishing up load number one while the washer was swishing the sudsy clothes of load number two. My mental list was clicking through the things I would accomplish on this early day in the week.
My husband walked in while I was drying my hair a bit later and asked the question that always means he has an idea…
Back in October, I introduced you to a blog idea that I want to share from time to time – it was called, Follow Us On the Scenic Route. I am married to a man who likes to have adventures. He enjoys scouring out new back roads, new restaurants, quaint areas of town in which to drive and activities that we would enjoy sharing together. The holidays kept us pretty close to home, but now that the new year is upon us, we took the time for a date recently to a place not too far from home. Come along and I’ll show you where we went!
We live in the Tri-cities area of Tennessee – meaning we’re in the Bristol, Kingsport, Johnson City area. All three cities are really ramping up their towns and there is more and more to enjoy in each place!
Last Thursday morning I was headed out the driveway when my husband motioned for me to roll down my car window. He said,
Be ready at 4:30 this afternoon. We’re going to dinner and a movie.
I love it when he tells me ahead of time that he has made plans for us! I can anticipate and look forward to that date and it makes any difficult day easier to bear with that in my view!
At 4:30 we loaded up and headed towards Bristol via I-81. I had no idea where we were going for dinner, but when we pulled up to to 620 State Restaurant, I was sure it was a good choice! Before going into the restaurant, we were lured into an adorable shop on the left. It was full of handmade items, very reasonably priced. We had a fun time browsing before we ventured over to 620.
Once we were seated and began looking at the menu, we learned that this place is known for their sushi. My husband ordered a small plate of salmon/cream cheese sushi for us to enjoy before our dinner. It was very good!!
Sometimes just doing something fun like learning how to use chopsticks can make a date night memorable! I was impressed by Dale’s skills!
We tried to just chat about casual things and not talk about serious matters. We needed this time together to get refreshed maritally, physically and emotionally. What a blessing our time together was! Going to a new place for dinner is such fun – you get stretched out of your normal routine and get to try new menu items and surroundings!
For dinner we ordered Shrimp and Grits. We always share an entree’ when we go out and I’m sure glad we split this meal! It was absolutely delicious – maybe the best shrimp and grits I’ve ever had! There was plenty to share!
We left with full stomachs and an absolute intention to return!
Bristol has lots of history with it being known as the Birthplace of Country Music. You’ll see lots of interesting memorabilia along the streets. The nighttime view was so pretty!
Following dinner we headed to the theater to see Mary Poppins.
I’m a HUGE fan of all things Mary Poppins…(remember this from this past October?)
so I was super-excited to finally get to see this new movie!
Who else is always sad to see Mary flying away? Her mission is accomplished and she must go. **Sigh** It was a sweet movie and I was smitten with it!
More than that,though, I was smitten with a sweet husband would make the plans for a Scenic Route local adventure that could refresh our marriage and our hearts and give us another memory of roads traveled together!
If you’re in this area, you need to visit 620, and if you haven’t seen the new Mary Poppins, make plans to see it! Oh, and take a kleenex with you…just saying!
What adventures and scenic routes have you taken recently?
Last Friday night my husband and I went on a date called The Bookstore Date. Here’s how it goes:
We headed to our local Barnes & Nobles Bookstore with a small list that I’d put on my phone. We headed to the back of the store where they have little tables and chairs, perfect for two. I pulled out the list. The object of the date is to find the suggested books, one at a time, bring them back and read whatever was asked. Then, you return the book and proceed to the next one until either your date time is up, or you finish the list. Here are the books we were to find:
#1 – Visit the COOKING section & chose a recipe that you would like to make for your spouse.
#2 – Visit the MAGAZINE section & find a quiz in a magazine that you and your spouse could do together.
#3 – Visit the CHILDREN’S section & find a book that was a favorite when you were a child or that holds a special memory for you…and read them to each other when you meet back up.
#4 – Visit the JOKE section and pick out a HI-LA-RI-OUS joke to share with your spouse.
#5– Visit the TRAVEL section and find a picture or information on a place you would like to visit someday.
#6 – Visit the POETRY section and find a poem that describes the way you feel about your spouse.
We were at the bookstore for about an hour and a half and we only finished up to #4. Why? Because this date is so much fun and creates so much conversation that you don’t stop at reading just a part of the story, or one joke – you can’t resist reading more and laughing or talking or crying. If you decide to try this, you could do the first three on one night and the second three another time.
This is the best date, ladies. It costs nothing. It creates conversation. It’s so much fun! It will knit your heart to your husband’s as you spend some really special minutes reading together and to one another. Even non-readers would love this, because it’s not like you have to read a whole book – or even a chapter of anything. They’re just fun topics that help you to know one another even deeper.
What free date do you and your husband do to create memories and build your relationship?