So, I have been thinking about our challenge this week. Below is our purpose this week -
Purpose this week - to do something that reminds your husband of the youthful wife you once were - maybe it's wearing something you know he loves on you (remember we dressed to please back in those dating days!), go somewhere you both used to enjoy going together - alone!, look at photos together talking, listening, dreaming, holding hands, rubbing his back, and simply paying attention to the amazing husband of your youth! Treasure him this week!
On the way home from work last night, after 8:30 (yes, I had another one of those 13 hour days...yuck!), I popped in an old CD that hubby made me while we were dating 6 years ago. Isn't it amazing how songs can take you back to a certain time and place, happy or sad? Well, this CD was the first one he ever made me, and it was full of Texas Country songs that we loved.
You see, when we first started seriously dating, all of his friends were single. Every last one. They are such a great group of guys, and they embraced me with open arms and took me everywhere they went. I always felt welcome, and they were so nice to me (still are of course). It was so much fun. We would ride in the back seat of Brandon's truck (he always drove, I have no idea why) and I would sit in hubby's lap because we would all be squished in. Brandon and Greg would play Randy Rogers Cd's, and those silly boys would just sing and sing. And hubby would hold me tight. Those were the days. Our usual destination was Red River - the trashiest, dirtiest bar I have EVER been to. EVER. But, I really grew to love it. They had .50 beers, and shots were so cheap. We would spend the whole night there rating the other girls (trust me, there are not very many 10s at Red River), 2 stepping, and just having the best time ever. Then, we would usually go eat something (Taco C comes to mind the most), and we would go back to hubby's car. He would kill me for sharing this - but he would sing the songs on that CD to me the whole way home, and then kiss me goodnight. Ah, I miss those days.
When I got home last night, hubby was tired and cranky. Since I was home so late, he ate cereal for dinner (and a whole bag of rice cakes - haha!) and had a really long day. When I told him about the CD and how I missed all those fun times, he said, "Babe, we had to grow up. We have many more responsibilities and commitments now. We can't just go out drinking and dancing every weekend.". And I thought, "Well, why not?" I know the answer. We only have a few free weekends until the end of the year. And I'm sure those will fill up very quickly. And, we do not have the luxury of sleeping for half a day on Saturday or Sunday, because we have chores, commitments, and church. And, we are out of town as many (if not more) weekends as we are home.
Do you and your husband still do the things that you did years ago when you were newly dating? How do you keep all those fun, warm and fuzzy memories alive? Thinking of them last night really made me miss them. Don't get me wrong, I love our life, and I love being married so much - and I'm sure someday I'll look back and say, "Remember when we first got married, I want to feel like that again" - haha! But, I sure do miss all those fun, carefree times : ) I guess hubby is right, it's just part of growing up!