Spending alone time with your spouse is one of the most important aspects of a marriage! We don’t always get weekends away together but we always try to find ways to be intentional with our alone time together! A few weeks ago we were able to escape the chaos that is 3 kids under 5 and enjoy 2 nights away in Dallas at the Omni Dallas and it was one of the most relaxing, slow weekends ever and it was just what we needed! We decided to make it our celebrating baby #4 weekend since we hadn’t been able to tell anyone over the last 4 weeks and I was struggling! In all of our other pregnancies we announced as soon as we found out but this time we didn’t want to share until I was almost in my 2nd trimester just to make it more shocking for our family & the kids! So this was our way of celebrating our wonderful news!
My husband had to have a doctor’s appointment in Dallas so we were able to drop the kids off with his sister and parents who live only like 2 hours from Dallas. They hadn’t had the chance to keep our kids in quite awhile so the kids were beyond excited! Matt’s parents live on a farm with hundreds of acres, a fishing pond, horses, cows, tractors and allll things boy that Kaige loves so he stayed there and Greleigh and Huxx stayed with Matt’s sister and her family! They have a daughter in junior high so I’m pretty sure Greleigh just makes her do all the things while Huxx wore out Matt’s sister! 🙂
We arrived in Dallas on Saturday afternoon and got all checked in to the hotel. It was a gorgeous hotel in downtown Dallas. There were tons of cute restaurants, shops near by, coffee shops and my heart was happy! It was mine and Matt’s first time staying away from the kids in almost a year, a year y’all…that’s too long! Maybe not for some of you but for us…that’s just too long! We were so excited to have no plans or places to be or kids to dress or entertain!
We got up to our room, which was beautiful and had the most comfortable bed we’ve ever slept on! Literally, we couldn’t stop talking about it the entire weekend! We got ready to head to dinner and decided to try out the restaurant in the hotel called Texas Spice and let me tell you…it didn’t disappoint! They had a chips and salsa bar that was to die for, a buffet which my hubby chose and I of course got chicken fried steak because #Texas! It was almost as big as my head and I ate and ate and didn’t even make a dent in it!
We enjoyed dinner, had uninterrupted adult conversation and joked that we couldn’t wait to get back up to the room and get in the bed so thats exactly what we did! We rented a movie and were asleep before 9:30! Matt kept saying is there anything you would rather be doing, we can go see a movie or go out somewhere and I kept saying “babe, laying in bed, watching a movie, and not having to get up a billion times to get water, tuck someone in for the 400x time, or tickle a back was exactly what I wanted to do” Now, don’t get me wrong being a mom and doing all of those little things is the best but sometimes you just need a little alone time!
We slept in, and then headed down to grab some coffee & breakfast! We stayed in the hotel and went to Texas Spice again for an amazing buffet breakfast, omlet bar and bread bar…talk about pregnant lady heaven! We ate sooooo much y’all! Then we decided to try to find Dallas Cowboys tickets last minute and actually lucked out, we snagged some great seats for $200 total! We got ready for the game and headed out. The game was great but we ended up losing in the last few seconds, it was heartbreaking. However, the nachos did not disappoint! haha! It took us an hour and a half to catch an uber back to out hotel so we hit up a little pub near the hotel for drinks (not me of course) and I got german chocolate cake to take back to the room!
We made it back to the room and realized we were starving as those nachos hours ago didn’t hold us over so we once again rented a movie, got pizza delivered and ate in bed while watching a movie! It was gloriousss!
We headed home the next day but felt so refreshed by our time at the Omni Dallas! The staff, the restaurants, the atmostphere and everything were perfect! We can’t wait to go back and enjoy some more time together!
Now let me say I know spending alone time with your spouse isn’t always going to include a trip out of town, staying in a hotel and being kid free for 2 days. Like I said before this was our first time away in almost a year, minus date nights! So I have rounded up a few ideas for intentional alone time including traveling out of town to spend some time alone together! It’s SO important y’all especially when you bring children into the picture. You spend so much time doing things for and with your children that sometimes your significant others are put on the back burner even when you don’t realize it’s happening! Here are some ideas!
1. Date night even if it’s just dinner
Find a babysitter you trust, literally we couldn’t survive without our beloved sitters!! You can do a quick 2 hr date and depending on what they charge to watch your kids not break the bank!
2. Change bed time to one hour earlier for in house date
Put your kids to bed an hour earlier and stay in for a date night in the house. This will be as fun as you make it so make sure you put some effort in it!
3. Swap a date night with friends if expense is an issue
Find a couple with kids that you trust and do a date night swap, one night you watch their kids free, and they do it for you the next night! This is the perfect scenario if expense is an issue!
4. No phones once your in bed
You have to be intentional with your time together so make it a goal that once you get in bed, phones go up. Talk, snuggle and enjoy that time together once the kids are in bed!
5. Rent a movie at home
There is alot of times that if we just watch a show on tv we don’t really pay attention, both of us get up to do stuff, check emails, etc but when we pay for a movie to watch at home it makes us both slow down, enjoy that time and in turn feel more connected
6. Plan a trip out of town
If you have family near then this can be pretty easy if not then find a sitter you trust overnight and take time to plan a refreshing spouse revival trip!
I can not tell you how much better our marriage is when we take time to invest in each other! All in all marriage is about loving someone more than your love yourself so investing time is a great way to show love! I am so thankful for this time with my husband and truly cherish our time together always!
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