Tips for Planning something Special with your Spouse

It doesn’t matter if you have a few days off or if the weekend is fast approaching, spending time with your spouse is important. When you have a family or a busy life, it’s hard to stop and do something by yourselves, but your marriage will suffer if you don’t find a way to make it happen.

Whether you live in a small or large your community, you can find things to do together. Here are a few tips to help you get started.

* Take a walk together
* Eat dinner without the kids
* Find a babysitter for the kids or send them to a friends house
* Go shopping together
* Spend the weekend at a hotel out of town
* Plan a spa day together
* Get a massage together
* Take a drive to the country together
* Go camping together
* Go ice-skating together

When you’re trying to come up with things to do you need to consider what you enjoy doing. Do you have a hobby or sport that you like to do? Maybe you have wanted to learn how to do something; can it be done together? It doesn’t matter what you choose to do, when you do it together you’ll be able to work on your marriage and you’ll begin to see the difference.

The main thing to remember is how important being together and alone is for your marriage. When we’re constantly doing for our friends, family, or for work we forget about spending time together and that can cause more damage to your marriage than you may think.

When you’re with your spouse you have a chance to talk and not worry about the little ears and you can be yourselves. It’s nice to get a way from the hustle and bustle of life in general and when you use one or more of these suggestions you’ll be able to make it happen.

You’ll feel refreshed and the added love you’ll have for each other will be wonderful. You’ll understand why it’s important to do these types of things regularly and you’re sure to find a way to make it happen more often.

Corrie Petersen has been married to her husband Kevin since 1993 and they have two wonderful and athletic teenagers. Corrie has created a 30 day program designed to help couples find things to do to keep their marriage alive. Click here if you’re ready to make this happen in your marriage.

3 Suggestions for a Surprise Lunch with your Spouse

When you’re a part during the day, finding time together can be difficult. One of the perfect solutions to this problem is to take your spouse a surprise lunch. This doesn’t have to be anything fancy because the surprise will mean the most.

There are several ways you can do this surprise lunch, but you’ll need to remember the time factor when you’re making the plans. You don’t want to be late getting back or have your spouse say they can’t do it because it will take too long, so make sure you plan accordingly.

One thing to remember is you can go out to a restaurant at any time for a meal. What you want to plan is something where the two of you can literally be alone together; you won’t get that in a restaurant setting.

The first suggestion will be weather permitting, but it’s a fun one anyway. If you have a park near by have a picnic lunch. You can do cold sandwiches, macaroni salad, potato chips, and ice-tea. Those items are perfect and if your spouse is a little late getting out for lunch it won’t hurt anything.

If you have a river or lake near by and there are picnic benches, this would be another great idea. You probably won’t have enough time to cook your food so you’ll want to make something similar to a picnic lunch or you could purchase sub sandwiches and a bag of chips to take with you. Read More…

Evenings are for Couples

Spending time together in the evenings is important when you’re away from each other all day. You need this time to relax and be with each other. While this may be hard to do if you have children in extra curricular activities, it’s still needed, so it’s important to try and make time each day for it.

This time together can be spent lying on the couch watching television or sitting at the table talking about your day and what you have planned for the week. It doesn’t matter what you do as long as you spend time together.

Spend Time together doing Yard Work

After a long and cold winter it’s nice to get outside. When you have yard work to do, the best way to handle it is to do it together. Not only will you get it done quicker, but it will give you a chance to be together.

Spending time together like this will give you the chance to work together to get your yard looking nice and you’ll have the ability to talk at the same time. When you’re busy with work or the family this time together can be short, so you must take advantage of it while you can.

So in the next few weeks when you’re planning your yard work, do it together. Take the time to sit down and work out a plan that is workable for both of you. You’ll find the time you spend together will be enjoyable and you’ll grow closer together.

Is Time Away from the Children Important?

Having children is a wonderful thing. It’s great to watch them grow up and it’s exciting to see them change. One problem you may find comes up when you have children is finding time to do things with your spouse.

I don’t know if you’re like us, but our boys are busy with sports all the time. Our oldest son is in football and then our youngest is in basketball and track. So we seem to be on the go from the time school starts until the time it gets out. That’s a long time to go without having date night or time alone.

The past few years have been a lot better for us, but it didn’t used to be that way. When our boys were too little to stay on their own it was a struggle to find time for ourselves. If you find yourself in this situation you need to get out of it. You need to find a sitter and go out. You should do this on a monthly basis or more if you can make it happen.

It’s important to find time to be alone together. It gives you the ability to show each other you care and you have the ability to get away from the hectic schedule you encounter when you’re always on the run with the kids.