When we find out that my mom and step-dad will be visiting, Daniel and I start planning a date. Let’s be real. The only reason that they are visiting us is to see their sweet little granddaughter. If Daniel and I disappear for a few hours, we will never even be missed. It’s actually a win-win for everyone. Granny and Grandpa get a little alone time with the baby and Mom and Dad get a little alone time together.
One of the big things that Daniel and I had in common when we first started dating and throughout the first years of our relationship was our love of being outside and being active. You would always catch us waking up early on a Saturday morning and heading to the trails for a hike or for mountain biking. But in the last year, since becoming pregnant, we have gotten out of the habit of those types of dates. So last week when my parents visited, I knew I wanted to re-create one of those early dates and hopefully get back into the habit of being active and outside together.
One of the customer’s that Daniel has done projects for had a canoe that we could borrow so we decided that we wanted to spend the morning canoeing around Eagle Mountain Lake. The morning of our date, it was raining like crazy! But we were going to be canoeing, so a little rain wasn’t going to stop us. We just grabbed our raincoats and headed out! It had been a long time since we have played in the rain!
We arrived at the lake and were so excited to get out on the water. There is one thing that we did not take into consideration. Rain and wind equals very choppy water! Although we are not expert canoers, we are very confident people and didn’t think it would be that big of a deal. We didn’t have any life jackets but had a pool noodle we could use as a flotation device, if needed. We wouldn’t need it, of course, because our superb swimming skills would be enough to get us and the canoe back to shore.
But once we were out on the water, we realized just how inexperienced we were and what scaredy cats we really are. All of that confidence went out the canoe when that very first wave hit us and the canoe rocked and almost flipped over. I think our canoeing date lasted about 30 minutes. Long enough to go from one end of the small cove and right back to shore. Daniel and I were laughing so hard at ourselves! Who were we kidding!?
Since, the canoeing date was a little bit of a bust, we decided to check out some trails that were down the road. Eagle Mountain Park is a beautiful trail system that is located just off Eagle Mountain Lake. I ran these trails a ton when I first moved to Fort Worth and I also got my bridal pictures done there, so I’m pretty familiar with them. Daniel had never been, so we thought this would be a great time to check them out.
I knew it was going to be crazy muddy from the rain, because all the trails are dirt. But again, we didn’t let that stop us. It was so fun sliding up and down the hills. It was a crazy workout! Our legs were so sore the next day from keeping ourselves stabilized in the mud. We had a lot of fun at the trails just laughing and trying not to fall on our butts!
We saw a lot of wildflowers, cactus, and bunnies that morning. Usually, you can see a few deer, but we didn’t make it close enough to the lake shore. That’s where they usually hang out. The lookout was pretty and made for a great photo op for us! We splashed each other in puddles and flung mud at each other. It was so much fun just being together and playing around!
We are so grateful for our family to watch over our little lady. Daniel and I love spending a little time together. I think it is so important for us to get away alone to be a couple every now and then.
What kind of things do you like to do on your date nights/days?