As if pregnancy isn’t enough, this year, Andrew and I have piled plenty on our plates. Between buying a new home, decorating every single room and all the antenatal prep that comes with expecting your first baby, we’ve been left with little time to spend on each other. But as the final countdown continues, we realise that we only have a few precious days or weeks left for true one on one quality time before our family gets bigger. With a tight budget and limited by my growing bump, we’ve still managed to enjoy a few simple dates out together…
Spending Christmas in New York for our honeymoon last year sounds like a dream – and for the most part it was. But for a brief moment on Christmas Day, the only place in the world I wanted to be was at home enjoying our own Christmas traditions.
Spending Christmas away from home, especially in another country altogether, starts to just feel like another day. Not being surrounded by your familiar things and doing your familiar traditions can kind of throw the atmosphere. In the US for example, the traditional turkey dinner that we know and love in the UK isn’t really the done thing on Christmas Day (at least it wasn’t in New York) so already one of the biggest traditions that Andrew and I both grew up with, was difficult to recreate.
Heading into our third Christmas together, Andrew and I have already started to establish a number of holiday traditions. I was interested to find out what other couples got up to during the festive season, so I spoke to two of my favourite marriage bloggers.
You may remember back in September that I put together a handy guide to autumn dates, including romantic dates, outdoor dates, dates that involved a seasonal kitchen, and that could be achieved on a range of budgets.
Well now that the weather has turned icily cold in the last few days, I’m starting to think ahead to all the cosy winter dates we could have together (so keep your eyes peeled for our seasonal winter date guide!)
In the meantime, we wanted to take a look back at how many of our autumn dates we actually managed to fit in. Here’s what we got up to this season…
With it’s beautiful colours, crisp mornings, darker nights and hibernating draw, I find autumn to be the most romantic season. I dream of long afternoons, walking hand in hand with my husband, feeling the crunch of leaves beneath our feet and the warmth of the golden autumn sun on our skin.
For me, a change in season marks a time for something new; for new plans to be made. So I began to note down all the perfect little date ideas I could think of to give Andrew and I an autumn to remember. I drew up a list of fun stay-at-home dates we could do for free, as well as excuses to get out into the great outdoors and enjoy our favourite season together.