February 21, 2010
The Kindergarten Date
All the fundamental things in life are taught in kindergarten. It is the simple things in life that bring the greatest measure of happiness. As I was reading through this poem, I thought each item was essential to a happy life and a happy marriage! Check it out…
Most of what I really need
To know about how to live
And what to do and how to be
I learned in kindergarten.
These are the things I learned:
Don’t hit people.
Put things back where you found them.
Clean up your own mess.
Don’t take things that aren’t yours.
Say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody.
Wash your hands before you eat.
Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.
Live a balanced life -
Learn some and think some
And draw and paint and sing and dance
And play and work everyday some.
Take a nap every afternoon.
When you go out into the world,
Watch out for traffic,
Hold hands and stick together.
Be aware of wonder.
–by Robert Fulghum
So, in the spirit of kindergarten, my date is outlined by an ABC checklist. The 26 different letter activities vary from kite flying to having an indoor picnic! My husband and I enjoyed a date that focused on the simplicity of childhood adventures!
Here is a step by step guide to our ABC date…
Step One: Write your man a note! In the note, remember the basics. Simply ask your honey to go on a date with you. My note said, “Dear Jared, Will you go on a date with me?” Check yes or no. I left it on his pillow and he answered with a check next to yes! I enjoyed actually writing a note! It has been a long time since I had handwritten a note!
Step Two: I created the ABC’s to our date checklist! While we were on the date, we had to accomplish an activity for each letter of the alphabet. Some things take literally half a second!
Step Three: With my checklist in hand, my husband and I headed to the nearest park. While at the park, we flew a kite. We flew the kite for about thirty minutes and basically laughed the whole time! It was a ton of fun! It reminded us both of being a kid again. I forgot to take my camera to the park, so Jared is holding the awesome kite we used! The Dollar Tree has TONS of kites right now. You can get two kites for one dollar. If you are a more serious kite individual, COSTCO has basically the coolest kites on the planet.
Step Four: We decided to head back to our house because it started to get dark. Beforehand, I had laid out a blanket in our family room and had things set up for an indoor picnic.
Step Five: We love pizza. So, together we made our favorite homemade pepperoni and cheese pizza. We also had milk and apple slices (enjoying being a kid again). The picnic in the house added a little variety to our usual home dining experience! Afterwards, we enjoyed a favorite treat…the COOKIE MONSTER! The cookie monster consists of a large cookie (you buy cookie dough, place it on a cookie sheet and make one giant cookie), vanilla ice cream, hot fudge and caramel! What kid does not love the cookie monster? The picture doesn’t truly show the tastiness of this delicious treat!
Step Six: After dessert, we went back to kindergarten for a minute and drew pictures of each other using crayons! It was fun to take the time to study my husband’s face! Our portraits highlighted our favorite things about each other. I love my honey’s sky blue eyes! My favorite part of this activity was staring at each other while laughing and talking. With two little ones, I rarely get to stop and study my husband for a long period of time.
Step Seven: We then played Twister! Have you ever played this with your spouse? Wow, the fun of a cheap game.
Step Eight: The last part of our date consisted of dancing to “our song” and talking.
Last, but not least…a favorite thing of kindergartners and adults alike…go take a nap!
After this last step, all 26 items of the ABC checklist should be completed!!
Our date was a lot of fun. Simple, but fun. We enjoyed checking things off on the ABC checklist. The date took around 2 1/2 hours. I hope you enjoy this date as much as we did. Who doesn’t enjoy being a kid again? This date gives you the perfect excuse!!
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