If you catch me at 3:00pm on any weekday, you’ll find me anxiously awaiting 4pm so that I can go home and happily await being with Ike. I know it sounds like a 1950’s propoganda-ish commercial that grinds feminist ears but it’s true. The best part of my day is when I am laying out on my couch that’s large enough to fit seven people (not the one shown in the photo), have my dog on my lap and I can lay back on Ike. He smiles at me in effort to show that I have his attention and I always take a deep breath and say, “this is my favorite part of my day.” “I know,” he faithfully responds. When I’ve said it over one hundred evenings time and time again, I guess it’s no surprise that he indeed does already know.
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Occasionally, when I am either incredibly inspired and not mentally drained from the week, I like to think of small ways we can uniquely pass our time together. I love our couch time, of course, but I also love that we’ve always known how to spend our time even when Netflix isn’t on. I have to add that when we first met, Netflix wasn’t nearly as popular as it is today. It was just long college lines at the Redbox machine outside of our neighborhood pharmacy. Then, we didn’t have much money to spend on expensive dates. Now, I have the wisdom to not spend $100 on dates. There’s a time and place for luxury but I will forever prefer simplicity.
Today, we made s’mores for a simple day-date.
If you’re like me and thinking of ways to surprise your partner without breaking the bank, I can honestly say this will make anyone feel loved and cherished – at least it did for me. Time and consideration are two of the best gifts you can give someone; both of which exceed the value of a store bought gift. For a brief moment, you give your undivided attention and in return you receive memories of laughs as marshmallow drips down your hand. It’s innocent, classic and intimate. Sometimes I need that when everything else in life is chaotic and distant.
Want to have a s’mores date?
Let me preface this by saying if you’re a woman you don’t need to wait or hope for a man to do this for you. You can do this for the both of you. I simply grabbed canned heat, bamboo sticks, chocolate, marshmallows and graham crackers. Most importantly, I turned the TV off. Put our phones to the side. We talked to one another. That’s what it’s about. Day dates in our home are about having one hour together in the middle of the weekend where it’s just us.
My heart is that no matter how blessed we are with financial security, we never walk away from our simple time together. No lake view or gourmet meals. Just us. That’s where we fell in love and to me, that’s what makes Nigermany home.