Sunday 31 January 2016

Date Night: Staying Connected

Ramantic Date Night

Logan and I have been married for twelve and a half years and have been together since high school.  Like most couples we have had our share of ups and downs, times of doubt and absolute happiness.  We have changed in so many ways since the beginning but throughout these changes we have also been able to support one another.  When people first meet us, they often see us as opposites.  I am chatty, outgoing and always on the go.  Logan is quieter  (until you get to know him),  go with the flow and very content to just live in the moment.  How does it work???  Honestly,  I am not sure that I know the answer to that but I think at the core we have always had similar values, wants and needs.  We both wanted a family, we love to be around people we love, and we value spending time together and open communication.  We both enjoying being outdoors, doing physical stuff and have complimentary parenting styles.  When we decided to get married we had already overcome some obstacles and we were aware and prepared to work on our relationship when things were hard. 

All of that being said one thing that has been extremely helpful in continuing to have a relationship and identity as husband and wife has been regular date nights.  We attempt to get out at least once a month.  Our dates vary from dinner, going to the theater (plays, not so much movies anymore), walks, golfing (which I am terrible at but do it for Logan), snowboarding, biking, etc.  My parents live in the city and are always willing to have the girls overnight J.  They are the BEST!!!  In fact, when we first become parents at 25 and were just starting out, my parents and sister, really encouraged us to continue to take time together as a couple.  This was great advice and I am glad they did.  We are fairly involved parents and enjoy spending time with the girls, but we have made a cognisant effort to not build our whole identity around being mom or dad.  As our girls get older, they will want to spend more time with friends and eventually will leave the nest (insert sad/sobbing face) and when this happens Logan and I want to still have a relationship that makes us happy and fulfilled.  Now, I know there are no guarantees in life but date nights are just one way of making sure that we continue to connect and grow as a couple.  I’d love to hear what other people do to stay connected and other date night ideas.

Saturday night we went to the Playing with Fire: The Theo Fleury  Story at our local theater.  It was PHONOMENAL!  Honestly, I was not sure about going to watch this because it deals with some pretty sad and tragic events but I was completely engaged for the full two hours.  If you don’t know the Theo Fleury story, the short version is that he was a great but troubled hockey player.  He was sexually molested by this WHL coach, Graham James, as a teen and also had a tough home life.  He was extremely determined and worked his way up to the NHL and was really talented but drugs, alcohol, gambling and the trauma his suffered eventually caught up to him.  He ended up spiralling out of control and losing his fortune and pushing his family away.  When he was finally ready to turn his life around he had to face all of his demons and pick himself up from there.  I knew the bits and pieces of his life but Logan and I were both so captivated by the play that we plan on reading his book, Playing with Fire (check out the review from 

Here are a few pictures from our night out. 

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