November 22, 2010

I’ll Love You Forever!!!!

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I’ll Love You Forever!  Aaahhh…doesn’t that just sound great?!  It does to me.  That is what my date was all about.  Joseph and I celebrated our 6th anniversary (wahoo!) at the beginning of the month and I wanted to make it extra special.  He is truly the best thing in my life and with how crazy our lives are right now, I really wanted him to know how amazing I think he is.

How did I do that?  Well, let’s just say with 3 kids our budget is TIGHTER than it has EVER been!  But, even with a tight budget, I really wanted to have a fun time.  So, I focused on everything that we love to do together, but put a twist on it so we could do it at home!
Does everyone know the book titled, “I’ll Love You Forever”, by Robert Munsch?  It’s about a mom and her little boy who grows up…and on the journey - throughout all the craziness of life - she continues to sing this song to him while he is asleep …
I’ll Love You Forever
I’ll Like You For Always
As Long as I’m Living
My Baby You’ll Be
 I was reading this book to my kids at the library one day and thought how cool it would be to let my wonderful husband know how much I love him and will ALWAYS love him.  And that, my friends, is how my date all began.
The night before our anniversary (I made sure he was asleep) I taped a cute message on his side of the mirror.  Click HERE to download my message tag and put your own spin on it (the big tag on page # 2)!
I just told him how special he was to me and then at the bottom I invited him to have a blast with me that night and ended the whole invite with the poem,
I’ll Love You Forever
I’ll Like You For Always
As Long as I’m Living
My BABE You’ll Be!

When he got home that night from work, I informed him that the kids were going to a babysitters and we were staying home to celebrate.  He was a little surprised by that but went and dropped off the kids.  While he was gone I got my 1st of 6 tags out.  Because it was our 6th anniversary I really wanted to focus on that number.  So, we had 6 steps to our date!  He got home to find a tag attached to amazing His/Her wine glasses (…that wonderful Lisa M. made-click HERE to find out how she made them) and some yummy Martinelli sparkling cider drink.  This part of our date was about eating.  Before Joseph and I had kids, he used to help in the kitchen all the time.  We have some wonderful memories in the kitchen together.  We also LOVE the restaurant PF Changs, so I decided to bring PF Changs home!

Tag #1:

I’ll Love You Forever
I’ll Like You For Always
As Long as I’m Living
My TASTE-TESTER You’ll Be
(Remember, you can get your tags in the first link above!)

Joseph is ALWAYS commenting on how much he enjoys my cooking.  It’s very nice not to have a picky man that has NEVER complained about the food I cook for him.  He is the best TASTE-TESTER ever!  (Get the poem now?  I know, a bit cheesy, but it was fun!) For the first time, in who knows how long, Joseph and I cooked side by side.  It was so special to me.  I designed the menu to reflect what we would have ordered at PF Changs, plus a dessert I know Joseph absolutely loves.  We had sweet n’ sour chicken, chinese fried noodles, steamed veggies, and for dessert Joseph made some spiced pears with whip cream.  We laughed and joked all through dinner. It was then time for tag #2:

I’ll Love You Forever
I’ll Like You For Always
As Long as I’m Living
My BEST-FRIEND You’ll Be

When Joseph and I were first dating we had a long distance relationship.  The very first time I came to visit him he sent me back home on the plane with a ‘goody’ bag full of snacks, treats, and cute notes.  I always felt like that was one thing that started making our friendship real strong.  He wrote me some cute letters where he expressed his feelings for me.  It was cute and I LOVED it!  I wanted to do something similar for him.   I gave him a ‘goody’ box full of snacks and items useful for his work, and also a card listing off my feelings of our last 6 years together.  I used the cute box Wendy made.  To find out how to make your own box click HERE.  I put his favorite treats, snacks, gum, pencils, and pens, etc.  All things he could take with him and use on a daily basis.  Along with the box, this is the part of the night we did our activity.  I had to change my plans because dinner took so long (which was NOT a bad thing!)  Instead we played a few games inside and had some friendly competition.  We had a blast with a QUIET house and just being BEST-FRIENDS.  It was perfect.

 These activities led into tag #3:

I’ll Love You Forever
I’ll Like You For Always
As Long as I’m Living
My RECEIVER You’ll Be

Receiver you ask?  Let me explain…As I have said in previous dates that I have planned, my husband LOVES for me to do mini manicures and pedicures on him.  I wrapped up my manicure set with this tag attached to it, and his face lit up!  This was the part of the date that I got to pamper him.  For the next hour he read a book, we chatted, and I fixed his nails.  He LOVED it and that made me LOVE it too!

After his pampering was over, I then gave him tag #4:

I’ll Love You Forever
I’ll Like You For Always
As Long as I’m Living
My LOVER You’ll Be

Now, I know what you are all thinking when you read this, BUT this is a G-rated post!  I had tag #4 attached to LOVE journals that I made for him along with LOVE notes that cute Kristen made (click HERE to find out how), and some massage oil (baby oil works great!) so we could give each other back rubs.  We both LOVE back rubs and I think it’s a great thing to trade off doing for each other.

Along with back rubs I made him what I call “Love Journals“.  Joseph and I went to a fun couples retreat this summer in Provo, Utah where a relationship counselor talked about doing these journals.  The idea is to write 3 nice things about your spouse every night or a nice memory/thing they did for you.  You can’t repeat anything more than once a week and at the end of the week you get to exchange the journals and read what the other has written.  Corie did a similar book for her spouse.  To see Corie’s go HERE.

I wanted to spice my journals up a bit.  I got some regular composition books at the Dollar Store.  There are 2 different sizes of notebooks that they have: small and large (look at 1st picture below).  I chose to do the small ones for my gift for Joseph, but I made the large size for my sister and her husband when they got married last month.

I then found 2 cute pieces of scrapbook paper at Michael’s as well as some stickers that had cute marriage words on them.  I picked out one piece to be the dominant paper showing and then overlapped the other so that only one inch of it was showing (see middle picture).  I then taped those together (see picture on the right).  I taped the paper over the front and the back covers of the composition books. 

My last step was to decorate the journals with the stickers that I found.  I must say that I think they turned out really cute and Joseph really enjoyed them.  He also was very excited about the “Love Notes” notepad.  We used to leave cute notes for each other all the time and he was excited to do that again.

Next came tag #5:

I’ll Love You Forever
I’ll Like You For Always
As Long as I’m Living
MyPARTNERYou’ll Be

Along with my Love Journals and Love Notes, I really have been wanting our relationship to grow.  I want us to KNOW each other on different levels.  What better way on becoming better partners, then to read a book together (Joseph and I both LOVE to read), especially a book that is about love!

I gave him the book “The 5 Love Languages” by Gary Chapman.  Joseph was very responsive to this.  He was excited for us to read it and apply the information that we learn.  We both can’t wait to start!

Next came tag  #6:

I’ll Love You Forever
I’ll Like You For Always
As Long as I’m Living
My CUDDLE-BUG You’ll Be

One of my most favorite things to do is to cuddle, and one of Joseph’s is to watch a movie!  But during a movie, Joseph LOVES to cuddle too!  I think I could stay in his arms all day, every day.  He just melts me!  Anyway, I gave Joseph an assignment to pick up a Redbox movie on the way home.  I told him it didn’t matter what the movie was as long as he enjoyed it!  We ended the night with HIS pick of movie, wait for it girls…Twilight!  We have never read any of the books or watched either movie.  Joseph and I have talked about it a few times and he surprised me with it!

 The whole night was amazing fun AND it was on a budget!  I think we grew closer than we have been in a while.  All I can say is that I’ll LOVE my husband FOREVER and can’t wait to see what the next 6 years bring!   

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10 Responses to “I’ll Love You Forever!!!!”

  1. Amelia Harris says:

    Congrats on your 6 year anniversary! That is so awesome! Love all the cute ideas! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Secret Mom Thoughts says:

    Congrats on your anniversary. This was a great date idea and easily adaptable.

  3. Kiirst says:

    Cami! Great ideas! Thanks for the inspiration, girl!!

  4. Cami D. says:

    stop it you are too cute!! Congrats, man the years are flying by! You're back in Arizona?? What the? I want to see you guys – email me CamiD@Cox.net. Tell "Joseph" I said hi! :)

  5. Char says:

    Cute Cami! I love it! We have a "Craft" coming out next year that will fit in perfectly with your date idea!

  6. Kristen says:

    Great Job Cami! So easy to do at home and way romantic!

  7. Wendy says:

    So cute Cam!

  8. Emily Joyce says:

    What a wonderful date! It sounds like it took a lot of planning and work ahead of time, and I'm sure it was totally worth it! I can't wait to try out a few of these ideas!

  9. What a wonderful budgetted date night, I love it!!!
    Funny how he like you to do his nails :) My hubby likes to do mine, but he won’t paint them ! :(

    • Cami Cami says:

      Kendra- Ha! I wish my hubby would do my nails – he just likes to receive the pampering! You might just have to work on your hubby and the painting :)!


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