A few weeks ago I shared about "Fighting Well" on the blog (see here!) and as important as it is to fight well with your spouse or significant other, it's just as important to have FUN! Miles is my very best friend so we have always had fun together, but we have definitely gone through seasons where we feel like we're just making it!
When I was a teacher, it was understood that Miles and I would barely see each other the first month of the school year. I was gone before the sun was up and home at bedtime. When we first had Anniston and were functioning on just a few hours of sleep, we would simply sit in front of the tv like zombies just to get some down time where we didn't have to think. I know we're all going to have those crazy seasons and I am not about to shame anyone for watching tv (big fan of Netflix over here), BUT I do think it's easy for us to get stuck in those seasons and miss out on the FUN that is to be had!
I'm all for a fun date night and going out, but budgets and babies don't always allow for that! Miles and I had to find new ways to have fun once Anniston was down for the night and were tempted to just turn the TV on. So what did we do? We became gamers! Ha! Not really, but we did start playing games! Card games, word games, and our favorite, Mario on Wii!
Now before you start rolling your eyes and laughing at us, I promise we're not as lame as we sound! We simply got tired of staring at the tv and our phones and wanted to laugh with each other!
Now we still have our nights when I'm like "please can we just put in a movie or watch "Friends" for the millionth time?" and we totally do, but we now prioritize doing activities we both enjoy and trying new things together as well! We have laughed more and talked more and Miles and I both agree that this year has been one of the best in our marriage!
We believe that God designed marriage and designed us to ENJOY it. It is a gift and it is wrong of us to waste it! ALSO, for all my dating and engaged friends, these are great practices to start in your relationship NOW. it will also help keep you busy as you wait to get married and join in the other fun activities we get to participate in! ;)
Laugh, play, and have fun, friends!