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More than just Dinner & a Movie


Now that we’re not dating anymore, but married, it can sometimes be a challenge to think of something to do for our date night that goes beyond “dinner and a movie”. But let me just say that we love movies and we love eating, so it suits us quite well.

However, it’s fun to mix it up with different kinds of date nights. Because sometimes when you go to the movies, annoying teenagers decide to movie hop and talk at full volume. DURING the movie.

So I thought that I’d share some of the date nights that we have had that are outside the dinner and a movie box.

  • Dave & Buster’s: I like Dave & Buster’s for the air hockey. And the tickets. Oh and you can totally suck at video games, but it doesn’t matter. And when I can get more baskets in than Cent (doesn’t happen very often), it’s a small victory.
  • Miniature Golf: Our first game of mini golf together was actually during our engagement photos. We had a great time and it’s in these types of situations that you can see your mate’s true competitive spirit. I’ll gladly say that I won that round. And I got a hole in one. Twice.
  • Musical or Play: When Cent came to visit me in California for the first time and met my family, we went to see The Lion King on stage. Then when we celebrated our two year anniversary, we went to see The Lion King again at Music Hall at Fair Park.
  • Comedy Show: Who doesn’t enjoy laughing? Especially when you can avoid getting singled out in a crowd by a stand up comedian. Cent and I went to a stand-up comedy show of local comedians and it was a good time.
  • Aquarium: Since we dated long-distance for about three years, we only saw each other every 8 to 10 weeks (long stretches stink!), so when we finally did see each other, our dates tended to be kicked up a notch. For our first anniversary, Cent took me to the Dallas World Aquarium to see the penguins. Because I have a fascination with penguins.

Speedzone Date Night Engagement Photos
(one of our engagement photos by Travis Hoehne)

What are you date night ideas?


Dave & Busters
Central Location
8021 Walnut Hill Lane
Dallas, TX 75231

Speedzone (for miniature golf and go kart racing)
11130 Malibu Drive
Dallas, TX 75229-4403
(972) 247-7223

Dallas Summer Musicals Box Office

542 Preston Royal Shopping Center
Dallas, TX 75230
Call: Phone: 214-691-7200
Hours: Monday-Friday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m | Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
PHONE Orders : 214.631.ARTS (2787)

Backdoor Comedy
at the Doubletree Hotel
8250 N Central Expressway
(aka Highway 75)
Dallas, TX 75206 – 214.328.4444

Dallas World Aquarium
1801 N Griffin St
Dallas, TX 75202
Hours: Open 9:00 am until 5:00 pm daily (closed Thanksgiving & Christmas)


Happy One Month Anniversary!


It’s been a month already?!

It’s passed by so very quickly, and to be completely honest, married life has been…WONDERFUL!

Having dated nearly our entire relationship (4 years in September) long distance, it’s so nice not have to pack up my things on a Sunday or dreading going to the airport. Instead, I get to see Cent everyday. We get to cook together. We get to eat together. We get to hang out together. It’s SO nice not having to say goodbye.

And I’m happy to report that we can once again see the floor. When we returned from our honeymoon in Kauai, we were faced with a sea of boxes. Like, more than I could imagine. A mix of wedding gifts and my belongings that made the perilous trek in a UPS truck. I’m just glad everything made it here! We’ve been able to clear most of the boxes out. Yesterday we built a bookshelf together which helped a TON to store my books that had been lingering in moving boxes. Here it is (sorry about the iPhone grain):


It’s been a while since I’ve built anything. Assembling this bookshelf was a much sweatier task than I anticipated. The back panels are also a little crooked, but I think I’ll always look at this shelf fondly and remember it was the first thing we built together.

If you follow my blog at all, you know I have a major weakness for the cupcake — any cake really, in most varieties. There had been some talk of cupcakes and so I decided to whip up a batch. To be totally truthful, these are made from Betty Crocker’s Devil’s Food cake and Buttercream frosting from a tub. Still YUMMY! Plus, I got to try out the cupcake set from my bridal shower (thanks work friends!). I’ll consider that each regular size cupcake is worth two-three minis!


Sunday I wanted to mix things up a bit from boring cereal and make breakfast. Bisquick helped me out with this challenge. However, I think I should have added more milk because these babies were SUPER thick. It was kind of like eating two pancakes at once. I got a couple of good pancakes out of the pan before I broke this one:


Here’s our breakfast from Sunday morning: pancakes, honey biscuits, and scrambled eggs. Next time: bacon or sausage!


Yesterday, I was determined to make dinner. As in cook from scratch. As in not from frozen or from a box. So, I called my mom and asked her how to make spaghetti sauce. I’m happy to report that I had a cooking success! Hopefully not the last…


Happy one month-a-versary! I love you!

Finally, on the photographer front, I have sessions to blog! So look out for those :)

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