This post has been in the works since, oh, December 26. I've meant to post, but then I needed pictures. And then I didn't like the pictures I took, so I needed new pictures. Let's just pretend that it's not 6 months until Christmas and that I take decent pictures. Okay?
From our early dating days, I knew that Husby loved experiences over things for gifts. For past birthdays, I've given him weekend trips, zip line passes (that I hated with every fiber of my being), and even a day at home with absolutely no interruptions and only good food. These things make his heart happy, and that makes me happy. (Except for the zip lining. That meant my heart almost exploded.)
Last fall, I stumbled on this blog where she gifted her husband with a year of dates. I knew that I wanted to do this for Husby's Christmas present. Wouldn't you know there are a few web sites dedicated to dates? And not just the dinner and a movie variety! I went through ideas here and here, making a list of possible dates. I even password protected a Word document once I had a complete list. And then I forgot the password. So I started all over.
Here's what Husby received for Christmas:
It's a stack of dates. Thirteen dates. I am fully aware that there are twelve months, but I love celebrating fun days, so I had to throw in an extra date for Leap Year Day. I cut pieces (to fit into a gift box) from a leftover cardboard moving box, and then decorated each piece of cardboard appropriately for the date, using paper, stamps, ink, pens and just a bit of paint that I already owned. Because I had planned for a couple of months, I had purchased a few gift cards along the way to be used for some of the dates. My goal was to be frugal in the execution so that I could spend more on the dates.
I'll post more details about each date. Here are all of the cards with a brief description:
1: ha ha comedy club, a comedy club in three acts with drinks & appetizers
2.14: hamburgers & capture my heart (Think capture the flag. I had Nerf guns and little stuffed hearts.)
2.29: blue man group
3: a mystery date (played an computer mystery game)
4: frisbee golf with a twist
5: friday's for dinner; then to see The Avengers
6: restaurant crawl (a fancy way to say 'progressive dinner')
7: indoor camping (with a fire and the A/C, roasted hot dogs & s'mores, cards & snuggling)
8: italian date night. unfortunately, not in italy. :)
9: his choice!
10: dinner & a ghost tour in a nearby haunted town
11: pizza and a drive-in movie
12: a return to our 'firsts': first date (Barnes & Noble), first restaurant