Fun and romantic

By Belinda Brasley / Catholic Courier    |    09.03.2010


I recently read the statement, "It's important for a couple to take time for fun and romance." I had to sigh. John is the romantic one. Creativity always seems to be in short supply when I try to plan some "couple time."

I know that playfulness and fun are important in a marriage. So, I decided to challenge myself to stop being so boring and take the initiative to plan two "dates" with John. Here are my rules:

1. The date must be free or low cost.

2. The date has to have the potential to make us laugh. I want us to have some FUN.

3. The date has to be at least a little bit romantic.

I began by searching the internet for "free date ideas." Bingo -- 42,000,000 hits came up. If I can't find two fun, romantic dates among 42 million possibilities, I am in big trouble.

Here are my two dates.

Date 1. Photo scavenger hunt. I have to come up with a list of objects or places, then we can grab our digital camera and go. I will make sure that some photo ops are fun and some are romantic, and that the list includes a place to stop and get an inexpensive snack. When we finish, we can upload the photos and make an online book for our date.

Date 2. Make a couple of pans of brownies together. While they are baking, put some music on and dance. When the brownies are done, divide them onto plates and deliver them to friends' homes. Complete the date by renting and watching a movie -- "Chocolat" or "Willie Wonka."

I am excited! With a little help, I CAN be fun and romantic. I am really going to put these dates on our September calendar. Now, I challenge you to come up with a fun and/or romantic date and post your idea in the comments. Have fun!

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