Tuesday, January 21, 2014

40 Date Ideas

My husband and I have had some pretty boring dates lately. Part of that is just because we'd rather sit at home watching a movie, but part of it is that we didn't plan ahead. Sooo, I've decided to plan ahead and make one of those cute Internet Dating Ideas Lists. Here are some of the dates I plan to plan in 2014:

  1. Visit a historic cemetery near our home
  2. Go cross country skiing or snow shoeing
  3. Visit the local cathedral
  4. Bake bread
  5. Make Altoids emergency kits
  6. Find "our" poem
  7. Run at the indoor track
  8. Eat at an Indian restaurant
  9. Take a tripod to a garden and pose for pictures
  10. Learn to make tamales
  11. Bake cookies and doorbell ditch them on neighbors' front porches
  12. Make a list of goals we want to accomplish together (long and short range)
  13. Do a home repair
  14. Watch a drive-in movie
  15. Sort family pictures and/or find ways to display them
  16. Plan our next anniversary getaway
  17. Make up a new recipe for homemade icecream
  18. Interview an older family member on video
  19. Leave kind notes for an elderly neighbor or bring her flowers
  20. Eat at a Brazilian restaurant
  21. Have a water fight
  22. Destroy something with a sledgehammer (my husband's idea)
  23. Go birdwatching to see the eagles who winter near our home
  24. Walk at the mall
  25. Beat up on my sons' heavy bag and jump on a mini trampoline
  26. Explore a new bike trail
  27. Watch one of these movies: "The Bells of St. Mary's," "The Young Victoria," or "Redemption: For Robbing the Dead."
  28. Go see a comedian or watch a Brian Regan dvd.
  29. Attend a filming of one of our favorite shows.
  30. Walk through IKEA
  31. Have a campfire with s'mores
  32. Visit an art museum
  33. Go sledding
  34. Visit the planetarium
  35. Make a playlist of songs we both love
  36. Do a puzzle
  37. Have a dinner party with friends
  38. Refinish or paint a piece of furniture
  39. See a local band play
  40. Go hiking
  41. Chaperone a school dance

Monday, January 6, 2014

Finding Family Movies

We had a lot of fun over the holidays watching movies, mostly thanks to Jonathan Decker and his book, 250 Great Movies for Latter-day Families. I got the book at the library and used it to pick out a few DVDs that were family friendly. It was quite a relief to be able to find movies we would all enjoy that met our standards. Granted, a lot of the films he recommends are animated and many others are religious films. However, there are plenty of other films I did not know about. It's filled up my "movies to watch" list quite nicely.

We watched, The Big Miracle, a movie about how a group of people in Alaska got together to save some whales. It's probably not the best movie you'll ever see, but we enjoyed it.

We also saw Courageous, a faith-based movie about a group of policemen who come to realize the importance of their role as fathers. It was a very serious movie, sometimes cheesy, and a little preachy at times. (The main characters are Baptist I think.) However, I'm glad we watched it with my sons. There aren't a lot of movies that talk about the role of a good father.

We also saw National Treasure. My younger kids enjoyed it while the rest of us couldn't get past the fictionalization of history. I'm sure you've heard of that one.

Last but not least, we watched The Letter Writer. Actually, I should say I watched The Letter Writer because no one else wanted to see it. (The boys didn't think it looked like their type of movie. It's too bad because it was really good.) It follows the story of a troubled teen who receives an encouraging letter from an old man. The two become friends, and the girl figures out how to fix some of her problems.