Those “end of summer” blues are upon us…
With the warmest months of the summer coming to a close, the school year getting ready to start back up, and for many of us, our annual vacations already in the past, going into the autumn months can be less than exciting.
There’s still time, though, to get in some outdoor and summery date nights before the weather turns cold.
Even if it seems like you have to get back into the swing of the things and set aside summer fun, there are plenty of opportunities for dates with your spouse – keeping your marriage strong and healthy no matter the season.
Spending quality time together (away from distractions) is one of the most important components of a happy, connected marriage.
These dates, no matter how small or how extravagant, are your opportunity to connect as individuals, to share your thoughts, to continue to fall in love with each other day after day, year after year.
And because we do have so may other responsibilities, from kids and jobs to simple odds and ends around the house…
It’s far too easy to put your relationship on the back burner, deal with things as they happen in the day to day, and let your marriage suffer because of it.
You have the power to prevent this from happening, though, and it all starts with spending time together.
To get you started, we’ve put together a few ideas for late summer/early fall dates – both indoor and outdoor. This is by no means and exhaustive list, though.
You and your spouse can be creative to come up with fun ideas of your own, share your hobbies with one another, and of course, explore your own local area for fun and exciting things to do.
Here are a few “end of summer” date ideas to get you motivated:
- Have a cook out for just the two of you
- Shoot pool (billiards) at your local bowling alley or pool hall
- Play yard games with neighbors or another couple
- Have a themed movie marathon
- Get together with friends for drinks and board games
- Visit a farmers market for late season veggies
- Go fall hiking to explore the changing colors
- Attend a local sporting event
- Enjoy a backyard bonfire together
- See a play by your local theater group
- Visit a driving range
- Explore your area’s antique shops and flea markets
These are just a handful of ways you can spend quality time with your spouse.
The actual activity you choose is only a small part of the date – it’s much more about getting out of your daily routine to do something special together.
Feel free to use any of these ideas for your next date night, come up with variations, or use ideas all your own. You can cater your dates with your husband or wife to meet your own financial means, your own interests, and your own local attractions.
Don’t get bogged down with the end of the summer season.
Even if the days are shorter and the weather is colder, even if the kids are back to school and your schedule is getting hectic, you can still make your marriage a priority and enjoy some quality date time with your spouse.
The strength of your marriage depends on it.