Friday, October 21, 2011

Date Night {OUT}: Can You Hear Me Now?

My husband, who refuses to blog, took me out on this date last Friday.  It was totally random and totally fun.  That's what I call success.


Before the date, which was incredibly spontaneous, he sent me an e-mail telling me to make a multiple choice quiz ABOUT me for him to take.

The quiz had to be 10 questions long and each question needed 3 possible answers.  5 questions were things he didn't know about me and 5 were about my passions.

Some of my questions were:

(Reading--my passion)
What's next on my reading list?
A.  Shipbreaker
B. Eli
C. Sarah's Key

(Something he didn't know about me)
What was our family "code phrase" growing up?
A. Elvis Presley
B. Ignore Keith
C. Uncle Tom

So, for your date BOTH you and your spouse need to make a quiz about yourselves for the other person to take at the end of the date.

As the date planner, you also need to come up with 3 secret "prizes" for the winner.  Write the prize on a piece of paper and seal it in an envelope so the winner is surprised.  Prizes could be: coupon for 15 minute back rub, getting to sleep in both days on the weekend, getting out of laundry for a week, etc.


For the date itself, do something silly and random.  We walked around a music store, went to The Buckle, sauntered through Target, and then went and had a drink.

Now here is where it gets tricky ... during the course of the date, you have "slip" the answers to all of your questions into casual conversation.  At the end of the date, you get to "test" each other's listening skills and any answer you don't fit into a conversation gets thrown out.

At the end of the night, take each others' quizzes.  The winner gets to pick an envelope prize and the "loser" must deliver.

If there is a tie, then as the date organizer, declare your spouse the winner and let him take the prize.  Of course you could each pick one prize ... your call.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

{Fall} Things I love: Pumpkins

To me there is nothing that says fall quite like pumpkins.  

I've already confessed to a some-what obsessive relationship with Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Lattes but it gets worse.  And by worse, I mean so. much. better!

If you are like me and those orange balls of delight take you back to whimsical days of carving pumpkins with your mom, putting pumpkin seeds on salads, smelling that pumpkin pie smell, or doing fun crafts in school, then please sort through these lovely photos, recipes, decorations, and craft ideas and get that warm-n-fuzzy fall feeling that only pumpkins can give.

Source: via Reagan on Pinterest

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

What I Think About: That Last Summer-feeling Fall Night

Purple pink sky gives way to black expanse.

A wind blows across the night bringing the scent of a fire pit from some family laughing and eating s'mores.

A strand of hair brushes my cheek and won't be tucked away.  A rebel.

The crickets start their harmony, soothing my heart with each strum of their strings.  In the distance a dog barks out his solo, long and mournful.

Gooseflesh on my legs, I tuck sweatered arms around my chest and breathe deep the last smells of summer.

Soon these summer smells will give way to the aroma of moist dirt and decaying leaves.  These pink skies will turn dark gray and crimson leaves will fall from the trees, no longer trusting the arms that hold them.  Crickets will turn to geese that honk in triumphant Vs through crisp skies with wispy clouds.

Summer days will disappear deep into the fog of fall and I'll long to conjure memories of laughing children with dripping popsicles.  Tonight I'm glad I've had these days but I'm also glad cold days are ahead.  The death and chill that accompany fall are welcome--can we truly appreciate the life-giving spring without the death-filled fall?

This time.  This place.  These smells. Those sounds.  They are were not guaranteed.  They are but a mercy and in my sorrow and in my shame and in my brokenness I am grateful for new life from death. As I sit chilled on this last summer-feeling fall night, I think everything is grace.

Even missing my mom.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Days of Play: Moon Sand

Raise your hand if you love moon sand?  Yep, that's what I thought.

Now, raise your hand if you love paying for moon sand?  What?  No one loves shelling out that kind of dough for uh, dough?


Or maybe not so shocking.

If you like moon sand but not paying for it, here's a simple recipe to make your own that I found at the A.MAZING blog Play Based Learning <---click that link and go.  Now.

4 c. sand
2 c. corn flour
1. c water

Mix everything together and get ready to live!

Photo property of Play Based Learning

This won't be exactly the same as the "buy at Target" variety but trust me, your kids won't know the difference.

Now, go make yourself a nice moon sandcastle and think about a trip to Mexico.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Music Monday: Singers and Standards

In the fall I love to cue up a good "singers and standards" station on Pandora and bake away to the crooning of Sinatra and Buble.

So today, enjoy some singers and standards!

The Way You Look Tonight

Save The Last Dance For Me