Our Year of Dates Christmas Present 2013

Christmastime always seems to be my favorite time. I love the lights, the tree trimming, the Christmas carols {even in October}, but my favorite part is choosing the BEST gift for everyone on my list. I start making my list and checking it twice in September.

So I'm starting Christmas on my blog now!

Last year, my husband and I were having a baby. Her due date was December 16. Knowing she was due so close to Christmas, I was making sure that I had ALL of my presents purchased, wrapped and under the trimmed tree by Thanksgiving. Yes that's right - Thanksgiving. I started thinking about what I could possibly give to my husband {besides a baby} that he would love and would hopefully bring us closer together {again, besides a baby}.

I saw this on pinterest and it gave me a great idea. A year of dates!
If I give him a year of dates, we will be forced to spend time together after the baby is born. 

A Year of Dates Overview
So, I started scheming and planning in July. I had come up with all of my dates and pre-paid for some of them.

Intro letter for our Year of Dates
Here are our dates for the year:

January - Philadelphia Home Show {tradition} and money for cookies at Reading Terminal {tradition}

February - Schramm Spa Date {his ABSOLUTE favorite}

March - Beer Tasting at a Brewery

April - Movie on me

May - Spring morning walk and money for breakfast

June - Drive in Movie Theater {yes we have some near us :)}

July - Couples Massage {most pricey and reminder of our honeymoon}

August - Wii Game Night

September - Bushkill Falls Hiking {tradition}

October - Apple picking, hot apple cider and apple cider doughnuts {tradition - first date}

November - Dave & Busters fun date

December - TBA {he reads this blog}

December Date Envelope for Year of Dates
So my grand idea is amazing! Execution - not so much. Out of these 11 dates, as of today we have done 7. For some reason, I thought it would be easier than it is to a) leave a baby, b) find a babysitter, c) have a free weekend and d) did I mention leave the baby?

So, as per his request, I am putting together another year of dates for him next year! I told him I am reusing ones we haven't done yet - makes it easier on me :)

Wrapped Present for Year of Dates
Since he does read my blog, I did have to keep it all under wraps but you can check it out here.

End of Letter for Year of Dates

I also have created a Year of Dates for Kids!
Plan a year of dates for your kids. Free printables. Makes a great Christmas Present

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  1. I love this idea and would love to mention it in an upcoming post at www.joyinmykitchen.com if that's OK.

    1. Absolutely! Please let me know if you need any images, I can email them to you.

  2. this is so sweet and such a great idea!!

  3. So very creative and thoughtful! Can you imagine looking back on these a few years from now? Such a meaningful gift. I love that you have chosen to hand-write your letters vs on computer. Something much more personal about putting pen to paper, I think. Nice to meet you via "wakeupwednesday' linkup

    1. You know I didn't think about looking back in a couple years. I love hand-written letters too. I find that they have more meaning and thought put in {especially when I rewrote a couple of them because I didn't like wording or something}. Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Well you are a romantic thats for sure, how sweet of you to take the time to put such a thoughtful and loving gift together, bet you felt a little giddy while writing up each letter. Hope you get to do them all this year. Nice to meet you, thank you for sharing on Oh My Heartsie Girl linky party this week.
    Enjoy your day!!

    1. Hi Stephanie, Im back, I wanted to let you know, I was so impressed with your story I am including it in my Friday Feature Linky Party. It starts at 9:00 AM PST and would love for you to take a look. hehe

      It's just a tantalizer to bring readers to your whole post.
      Heres the Link: http://ohmyheartsiegirl.com/friday-feature-linky-party-4/karren

    2. Thank you so much!!! I am honored :)

  5. I love this idea! My husband and I were supposed to do something like this last year, but we never did. I didn't have the dates all wrapped cute likeyou though. :-) Definitely going to do it right next time!

    1. Be sure to check back next week. I'll be going through how I plan it out and I'll even have some printables to make it easier for you :)

  6. Great idea :) Love the different ideas you included, including the traditional ones. Came over from oh my heartsie girl.

  7. What a great idea! I was going to ask if he liked it but you answered that! ;)


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