What’s the ‘Date Jar’?
When we got engaged, our friends gave us a jar filled with date ideas so that we could continue ‘dating’ even after we got married. Now, after being married over 5 years, we think about that jar and understand how truly important it is to set aside intentional time to have fun and try new things together. Because of that, we gift all of our couples with a date jar filled with 52 different date ideas, some that we have personally already enjoyed, and some new ideas that we have always wanted to try together!
As we encourage couples just beginning their forever together, we thought it would be fun to share our dates to inspire all our friends, families, and couples to continue pursuing each other in marriage.
This month, we are sharing one of my personal favorite date nights from the jar: ice skating! Because Beau and I spent most of our dating years together in Chicago for college, we went skating pretty frequently. At the Chicago rinks, you could skate for free if you owned your own skates. So our first year living there, we went to a sports consignment shop and bought some used skates. It was one of the best investments we made while we were in school and we still use our skates today!
The past few years we haven’t skated as much though. Ice skating during the winter in California just didn’t have the same appeal…felt a little strange to be on the ice while sweating in the sunny 75 degrees weather. Not exactly the cozy wintery date we had in mind! So you can imagine how thrilled we were heading into downtown Nashville all bundled up to skate at the the Opry Mills Hotel. Reminded us of skating in Chicago (minus the negative temps and bone chilling wind LOL!!).
We had a blast skating and racing around the rink together. And while we loved the winter weather, after an hour on the ice, we were definitely chilly! So we turned in our skates and grabbed some hot cocoa to warm up. A simple but perfect date night 🙂