Saturday, July 21, 2012

River Walk

We made it!
 I now live in BOSTON!
We still have a lot of unpacking to do and need to figure out where things are, but we are here.
And safe.
And missing friends....

Neither Hubby nor I have ever been here before so we have a lot of exploring to do. 
To kick off our Boston dates, we decided to take a stroll along the Charles River.

There is this great walking trail by our apartment complete with hundreds of geese and ducks. 
It was a perfect day for a walk like this! We did lots of exploring, talking and making silly faces for the camera. 

After some flexing and karate kicks, we fed the geese some bread and headed home. 

Taking a walk is a fantastic date because
1. Its FREE!
2. You get in some exercise - which is always a bonus
3. Plenty of time to chat and enjoy the view
4. It's a great way to explore a new neighborhood

Stay tuned for some more dates from the Boston area!

Happy Dating!

Friday, July 6, 2012

Photo Shoot

For our date today, we had a little family photo shoot!
My wonderful neighbor from Something Swanky took them for us.

 While we were up there it started raining! We had to pack up everything and go sooner than we expected but it was still fun to get some pictures with my two favorite people.
We even took some in the rain just for kicks and giggles. 

I have to be honest here people. When Hubby and I look in the mirror, I don't think we are an ugly couple....
But whenever I see a camera, something happens. 
I don't know what it is.
My eyes shrink, my cheeks triple in size and don't even get me started on my thighs.
Apparently, I don't know how to smile either. 
Anyways, lets just say pictures can be deceiving. 
At least thats what I am telling myself. 

But on a completely different note, this date is totally FREE!
Just grab some props from home, and a friend to take the photos.

Pinterest is crawling with photography ideas that I just love.
Hubby wasn't too excited about a lot of them but I did convince him to do a few. 
Before your shoot, find a few poses that you want to try. 
Or have an awesome photographer who will help you create them like we did!
Thanks Ashton!

A few posts ago I mentioned that we are moving. 
Now that we have an apartment all ready to go, I think its safe to announce the location on the blog.
We are moving to BOSTON!
I am so excited! 
And sad.
Our whole life together has been here in Virginia. 
We met here.
Dated here.
Had our baby here.
Have amazing friends here.
Virginia really is for lovers.
But I am so excited to start a new adventure in Boston! I am sure that there will be tons of opportunities for FREE dates up there. I have never been so if anyone has any suggestions please let me know!

Wish us luck on our move!
I may have a few more posts from Virginia but look forward to dates from the Boston area in a couple weeks!

Happy Dating!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Romance Spotlight: Camille

Hello everyone and welcome to another ROMANCE SPOTLIGHT! Camille from Friday We're in Love is here to share a FREE date with us! I'm so excited that I "met" Camille because she blogs about dating too! So be sure and stop by her blog for some awesome date night ideas!
Take it away Camille!

Hi Fridaynightdatenight readers, I'm Camille and I blog over at  Mackenzie and I connected online and realized we were kindred spirits, both out there trying to spread the love and share date ideas.  I'm thrilled to trade a post with one another!  We talked about going with the idea of free dates, and I had a recent one come to mind that I'm so happy to share!

Did you know that most cities do a free museum night or day once a month?  Seriously, call your local museum!  We tried to hit up the Arizona Science Center on First Friday when it's free, but and it just didn't happen.  We decided we'd try and go the next month, when our lovely friend clued us into culture passes.  They are passes you can check out from the library for 2 people to get free admission to a participating museum. If you go when it opens you're almost guaranteed to get the one you want.  We were thrilled to nab one to the Science Center, and decided to forgo the First Friday madness and visit on a less busy day instead.
We hit up a pizza place on our way, then it was off to get our science nerd on for one of the funnest dates we've had!

Some dates I feel like I get to play professor and tell Jacob all about the art or the literary references, but this was one date that this cute electrical/energy engineer told me about everything we looked at.  He was like a kid in a candy store with a big smile on his face at every exhibit.  He's also the hottest tour guide I've ever had!
 He decided to make me take a picture with this, making sure I was touching it.  He couldn't stop laughing.  And I had no idea there were some valuable uses for cow dung.  Now I do, with picture to prove!
Then we played with some smart windows that help save energy.  
This was followed by a lesson for me on lighting.  Jacob is the man to ask about light bulbs, he really knows his stuff and can calculate all kinds of power savings and conversions in his head, I guess doing it for a living helps quite a bit.  I sure love that I married a smart man! 
We played with many other exhibits and learned quite a bit (well, at least I did).  

 Did you know there are more bald women than women with green eyes?  I'm a rare breed!  (Okay, I probably learned that from a Rogaine commercial for women years ago, but it sounds like I should have learned it here...right?)
One of our favorites was the bed of nails.  Man physics can really be so cool!  And I'd like to shout out to one of the best teachers I've ever had, Mr. Pa'ne for teaching me the rules I still remember and letting me walk on a bed of broken glass in class.  I'll always owe my love of science to that man! 

Jacob had a helper who really wanted to push the button for him.  He's such a nice guy to hand his life over to a toddler!
But one of the reasons we REALLY wanted to go, was for the special exhibit- Van Gogh Alive.  I know, if you've ever read my blog this won't surprise you.  If not, let me introduce you to my obsession with Vincent (here or here).  I feel like I've studied him so much we're on a first name basis here.
This part wasn't exactly free, but it was really inexpensive with the culture pass and it was optional.  The exhibit is usually $25 to get in, but with a culture pass it's only $11- double score on that one!
The exhibit really is quite the experience!  Images are projected on every crevice of the room with classical music, quotes by Vincent, and animations from elements of paintings- all designed to help you get inside the mind of Van Gogh.   I was sold the second his bedroom was dissected and I felt like I was sitting inside the room.  If you want a taste of it, you can watch a video by clicking the video tab on this website.

Luckily for every one not in AZ- it's touring and hopefully will show up at your state science center soon!  

Even if you just choose the free option this is really one fun, academic date that I think any couple would enjoy.

Thanks for letting me post Mackenzie!  Happy dating everyone!

Thanks so much Camille! Loved it!
Be sure and stop by again for another ROMANCE SPOTLIGHT!

Happy Dating!

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