My husband and I are very fortunate to have such a supportive family network. It allows us the opportunity to have time together without our children. I can certainly understand how difficult it can be when married couples with children, do not have reliable childcare options. You have to be creative in coming up with "stay-cations" and candle light dinners after the children have gone to bed.
This past weekend I was able to spend some quality time with my #boothang. We headed to Niagara Falls,Ontario for a birthday getaway weekend with friends. I love heading to Niagara Falls. It's not too far from home, but just far enough to enjoy the sites, food and little casino action. I love my children, but I really enjoy being away with just my hubby. There is something different about being away and just worrying about the 2 of us. No diapers to change, no one saying they have to go to the bathroom, and not worrying about bedtimes. Can I get a witness?
We enjoyed an awesome day that started with brunch at the IHOP. You can't go to Niagara falls and not eat at IHOP. Next, we bowled and played arcade games, all while supporting our Blue Jays even though they lost. We'll get them next time.
We ended our evening with a lovely dinner at BRASA Brazillian Steakhouse. I fell in love with the pineapple that was lightly grilled and seasoned with cinnamon. It was absolutely delicious. Even though I am not a heavy meat eater, I was able to enjoy the variety of steak cuts and buffet style menu. I would recommend going to this restaurant at least once when visiting Niagara Falls.
Being one of the only married couples amongst our friends that were on this trip, I enjoyed the fact that while other couples were in the bliss of the newness of their relationships, #boothang and I have something really solid. We have a grounded friendship and understanding of who we are as individuals. Ultimately,we are a team though, #teamUS. I got his back and he has mine. Our love is unbreakable, and while we have had many tests and trials, I truly believe it has only made our relationship stronger. I hope that as our friends interact with us they see that marriage is work, but if you put in the time and effort you will reap the reward.
So for all those in the marriage game, or contemplating it as the next step, work hard at preserving what makes your relationship special. Make time to enjoy each other despite the ups and downs. There is always someone watching whether you know it or not, so enjoy the ride and give them a great show.