Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Fall Family Bucket List: Fall Date

As parents, one of the best thing you can do for your marriage (and sanity) is to make time for dates with your spouse/partner. While being away from family (AKA built in sitters), I've found that it's hard to secure childcare so that James and I can spend some time together, outside the house on dates. Thankfully for us, we have made friends with an awesome couple (Hi Favorite Kristen! Hi Russell!) who love spending time with Connor and are always up for watching him for us. 

With cooler weather approaching and our time in Austin coming to an end, I wanted to take a weekend morning/afternoon and spend it exploring with James. This Sunday we had the chance to do so and I loved every minute I got to spend with my Mister. 


First stop was Mount Bonnell in ATX. Mount Bonnell is a popular tourist location alongside Lake Austin, giving you a beautiful view of the Colorado River and homes that have killer views and location in Austin. Not to mention mature trees for miles and mile. We all know how much I've missed seeing green! We've been wanting to visit for so long now but it's not exactly a great spot for little ones. The weather was perfect for a short hike and the chance to take in some beautiful views. 


After spending time on Mount Bonnell, we drove a short distance to Mayfield Park and Preserve. Mayfield Park includes a historic cottage, 2 acres of beautiful gardens along with palm trees (!!) along with 21 acres of hiking paths to discover and enjoy. We were able to take a short hike through the woods, resulting in us climbing a small rock walk to get back to our car. A little adventure is always fun. Our timing wasn't the best this day as we stumbled upon folks setting up for a memorial service. 

We had the best time exploring some of Austin's popular sites. We ended up our day date with a visit to South Congress and Home Slice Pizza. Which is hands down, without a doubt, the very best pizza in Austin, Texas. TRUST ME! I've been searching for 2 years and it's the best pizza in town.

I loved the way we choose to spend our date. We could have easily have gone to lunch and a movie (I'm dying to see Gone Girl) but I wanted to take the chance to do something that's on our Austin Bucket List, something we won't get to do once we move back to Ohio.

What is your favorite nontraditional date ideas? I'd love to hear your suggestions as one of our goals in 2015 is to spend more time together as a couple outdoors, exploring our hometown.  



16 comments:

  1. Well with a name like Home Slice Pizza, I assume they should be good! There is a place in Chicago (Closed now) ohh they had the best cheese. Makes me want to just find the old owners and reopen the place.

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  2. You and the mister are my kind of people. A date that involves pizza - YES. So glad you guys got some much needed adult time!

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  3. I am right with you there on living away from family! I love that we now have some friends as well that can watch our son -- there is something SO wonderful about getting outside as a couple :) I love your pictures! We love popping over to the beach and simply walking hand-in-hand (without a stroller!) Keep up the healthy marriage!

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  4. So so true, loving our spouse well is the best gift we can give our kids! We go on a date at least once a month. I love Mount Bonnell! Our last date we just picked up Subway and had a picnic and walked a trail - it wasn't fancy but I cherish our time together and it was fun.

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  5. What a fun time for you two! Hooray for friends who will hang out with the little man.

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  6. I've never been to Austin, but this makes me want to visit. It seems like a lot more than just bars and bands.

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  7. That's such a fun date idea! I love getting out and exploring places with my hubby too and a hike is a great way to get in some exercise:) We've rented stand up paddle boards or kayaks in the summertime, and sometimes we meet for lunch when the kids are in school. It's just nice to get out and remember how life used to be like too, before all the craziness (though wonderfulness) with kids. Austin looks like a fun place to visit:)

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  8. I have done a lot of these things, but I still need to make sure I bake a pumpkin treat before fall is over. I LOVE pumpkin!

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  9. Aw, I love that you have a Fall bucket list! What a great, goal oriented idea!

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  10. We could make this an every weekend thing. We love you guys so, so much.

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  11. Love it. Looks like a blast and I think your choice was great. Movies and food will always be around but doing something "out of the box" is almost always more fun.

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  12. Oh that is great that you did some Austin exploring before you move back! Excellent use of a weekend day!

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  13. Yep, your date is basically perfection in my eyes. I'm always asking Scott to go exploring. I just wish we had a few more resources to pool from and pawn off our child for a few hours.

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  14. Fall dates are the best! That's great that y'all were able to get out and go on a fun date. I'm not ready for the cold weather yet! It's too cold. I love all the fun things on your fall family bucket list!

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  15. How fun!!!! And how gorgeous! I feel so lame saying this, but I didn't know that Austin had such beautiful views! For some reason I thought there was no water anywhere near and it was all land and cows. Haha. I'm so naive over here in CA.
    Good news though, if you like palm trees, you will love it here!

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  16. Amen to that!! Dates are important for a marriage. We’ve been to ATX many times, but I’ve never seen these places. GORGEOUS! Glad y’all had such a good time!

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