Monday, February 14, 2011

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Weekend of Love ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Valentine's Day is a funny holiday. To us, it is a day to remind you to remind your special someone that you love them. It does seem funny to need a day to remind us to express our love for the most important people in our lives, but if it helps spread the love for some people, then we are all for it. It seem that through the years it has gotten much more complicated than that. It has definitely become over commercialized. Before we were married, we had a love/hate relationship with Valentine's Day. It was just another reminder that we hadn't found "the one" yet. And not that we are married, it is a little weird to have another day to love the heck out of your spouse. Don't get us wrong, any excuse we have to celebrate our love, we will jump at! We'll take any chance to eat good food, buy each other thoughtful gifts, and spend more time together.
"Every day you make me proud. 
But today you get a card."
 - 500 Days of Summer
Fruit Pizza for Christopher
Melissa's Beautiful Flowers
As we looked forward to spending our first Valentine’s Day together, we didn’t really know what to expect but only hoped it would bring us closer together. We decided to celebrate on Friday, February 12 when we had our days off together. We both have been worrying for months to figure out what we can do to express how much we love each other. We was excited to have a whole day off together. However, when the day got here, we didn't really want to get dress up, go to a fancy restaurant, or fight any crowds. All we wanted to do was be together. We rented a few movies and spent the entire day watching them. At first we felt bad because it seemed too low key for our first Valentine's Day. But then we realized that we spent it together and it was a day that reminded us how much we love each other and that's all that really matters!

So, Happy Valentine's Day 
to you and your sweetheart, no matter how you choose to spend it! 


Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Eat, Pray, Love

When we heard about the movie Eat Pray Love, we were curious and decided that it would be fun to read the book before we watched the movie.

We enjoyed reading about the new places she was travelling to. We laughed at her word choices and her humor. However, we worry that many women will read this book and feel that in order to get results like she did, to find peace with yourself,  they must get out of the relationship they are in. This is not always the case. Then after she left her relationship for no apparent reason other than she "was not happy" then jumped right into another that and the whole rest of the book she is missing and regreting the loss of this "New Relationship" that makes one wonder if she got out of the relationship just for this new one.  We feel that this is the very time that you need to work on your marriage which will bring a sense of peace that you are searching for.  It is not possible for everyone to escape the world to a remote place for a YEAR and not worry about money or family.  If you looked at it as simply a travel book with a story line, it was ok, but it you looked to it for guidence to happiness.  Then you should probably look elsewhere.
Pictures from Google search of movie

         What usually happens when you read a book before you watch a movie is that you find you make up a movie in your head and then go see the movie and are really disappointed in how they portrayed it. Most of the time, you like the movie you made up in your head better. Because of the time restrictions of movies, her time in each place seemed more like a week rather than the four months she was really there. Relationships that were developed in the book lacked depth and understanding in the movie. There were a few important conversations that completely came out differently in the movie. However, we loved the directors’ choice of some of the key actors in the movie.

We were able to find some ideas that we really like. We realize the importance of working hard to get what you want, the great impact of friends (even when you would rather be alone), and sometimes a change of scenery is nice to clear your mind. Once again, we feel that you don't need to flee to some foreign place to "find yourself". We feel that our faith, our role as a husband or wife, and our relationship with our Heavenly Father help us understand who we are and helps us find peace in our homes and within ourselves.  However, I do believe that sometimes it might take some time to reevaluate and reprioritize your life. 

If we wrote a book, we would have to call it We Eat, We Pray, and We Love....just sayin' :)