Our Own March Madness

This March may be the craziest month of our marriage to date. We’re meeting with a realtor this week to get on track to buy a house. My wonderful husband, Riel, is turning 21. We’ll also be celebrating our second anniversary in New York City!

First, We’re looking into the possibility of getting a house. Apartment living is getting cramped and stale. We won’t likely be in the market to buy any time very soon, but we would like to start in that direction.

Then, Riel’s birthday is in the middle of the month. It’s going to be a pretty laid back event. Mostly because I’m not 21 yet, so we are limited in what we can do. We’ll have pizza at Round Table with friends and family (Riel does love pizza) and then he’ll go out with his friends.

On a side note, it’s really bizarre to be married for nearly two years and not be 21 yet. We can file taxes, pay bills, and do other terribly grown-up things, but we can’t buy wine. Turning 21 will be an extra-important rite of passage for Riel.

I’m debating how far to go with the festivities at Riel’s party. He pretty much hated all my ideas for games, so it looks like we won’t be doing any of those. There isn’t a good way to decorate for a man’s party. I’ll probably just buy candles shaped like the number ‘21’ and stick them on top of an ice cream cake (Riel and I both hate normal cake). And Riel is difficult to buy for. Well, Riel, if you end up with Hot Cheetos and Coke you’ll know I couldn’t think of anything better.

Finally, a week after Riel’s birthday, we’ll be heading to NYC for our anniversary. Neither of us has been to New York, so we’re psyched.  We’ll be seeing Chicago on Broadway (eee!).  Other than that, I’m not sure what we’ll be doing. There’s so much to choose from and we’ll only be there for 4 days.  I really need to look into it more before we leave! I’ll likely be posting more about planning (and going on) the trip.

I hope this crazy month goes smoothly. It’ll be tough to keep up with homework and blog posts with all of this craziness going on.  Wish me luck.

If you have any tips on what to do in NYC please comment or contact me!

5 Gifts to Give your Husband for Valentine’s Day

There are a lot of DIY Valentine’s gifts you can make for your hubby. Just look on Pinterest – knitted socks, beautifully decorated cards, and jars of pink and white candy. I appreciate the loving sentiment behind these handmade gifts, but are they things your husband would like? He likes socks with hearts on them?

No. He doesn’t. Though I’m sure he would appreciate the effort (if he knows what’s good for him) you put into knitting him socks, there are some other options that he may enjoy a bit more.

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1. Cook him breakfast. You don’t always need to spend a lot of (or any) money for Valentine’s Day. Whether it’s a slab of bacon or a stack of pancakes, most guys love breakfast foods. I know this is a bit cliché but I’m positive it would make Riel’s day!

2. A manly bouquet. Like a traditional bouquet except it’s filled with whatever he likes: beef jerky, potato chips, and maybe a few scratch tickets (see a few examples I pinned).

3. Take him out. Plan a date especially for him. Mini-golf, bowling, a movie – whatever he would like. It will be nice for the pressure to be off of him for a change.

4. Movie night. What are the movies he loves that you can hardly tolerate? For us they are cheesy sports and Kung-Fu movies. Watch his movies with him! Make sure you have plenty of his favorite snacks. (Check out some ideas to make it special from The Dating Divas)

5. Gear for his hobby. For Riel that would be an Xbox Live subscription or Microsoft Points. Don’t get your husband fishing gear if he doesn’t fish. Don’t get him a watch if he never wears one. Show him that you know what he likes by getting him gear for it. The best gift is one that’s tailored specifically for your unique spouse.

If you’re feeling really adventurous you can check out this idea on East Coast Creative Blog.

Riel and I try not to get too wrapped up in Valentine’s Day consumerism. We make a point to focus on the time spent, instead of the money. Last year we had a romantic dinner at home and went to see the movie Warm Bodies (which we loved). I hate the idea that we would need to stress out and spend a lot of money for a holiday that Hallmark invented to make money (I made that up, but you get my meaning).

We haven’t really decided what we are doing this year, since there are no good Valentine’s date movies in theaters, but there’s no need to stress out. Valentine’s is just an opportunity to spend time together – like any other day.

Do you have any Valentine’s traditions?