Staying Connected While Staying In

With everything going on in the world right now, I know we are finding ourselves feeling disconnected from much of our daily lives. I have felt disconnected by not being able to travel, not being able to take the kids to the zoo, and not being able to go to the store as a family.

The same thing is true with not being able to go out on a date with Brian. I miss that part of our relationship.

Maybe you feel the same way right now in April 2020. You may be feeling disconnected because A. your “norm” is nowhere to be found, or B. you are finally getting more time together with your family (haha). We are all spending more time at home, which leaves more time for house projects, perfecting a recipe, binge watching television, and spending quality time with your significant other. Right now, quality time looks different than a date night out to dinner, hiring a sitter so that you can grab a drink together, or going on an anniversary vacation away from the kids. Today, quality time is only experienced at home.

I like to believe that covid has helped us to “slow down” in some way. To appreciate what we have and to find ways to connect with those we love in ways we would not have before. This last month has made my heart so happy with Brian working from home. I am enjoying feeling more connected by simply being near one another! While I miss our date nights and getting out of the house for a drink, I also enjoy getting cozy on the couch and connecting with a night of binge watching a tv series or reading our devotional.

If you are finding yourself in need of ideas of how to “date” while at home or just feel connected to your spouse, below is a list of our recommended ideas and “things to do” as a couple to stay connected during this home quarantine!

a couples devotional – Brian purchased this for us a while back, and while we are still working on it, it’s been a great nightly conversation starter for us. We read and chat over this in bed after we put the boys to bed!

little love letters – One of my favorite surprises from Brian is when I come home from work and find a little note he wrote! Even if it is one simple sentence, it means the world to me because it tells me he was thinking of me AND he hates hand writing anything! A little note to a loved one can mean more than one probably realizes.

binge a new tv show – Connect while watching TV?! YES. Some of my favorite hours spent with Brian have always been when we binge a tv series together. Our first one was How I Met Your Mother (still a favorite of ours) and the most recent being, The Witcher. After each episode we usually spend time in conversation about what happened, our thoughts on characters, and what we predict!

conversation starter card game – This is currently in my Amazon cart! I love the idea of keeping these in my purse for date nights while waiting to be seated, while on a long car drive, and/or simply while sipping wine after the kids have been put to bed! I see even those who do not enjoy games picking this up because it’s simply flashcards with questions to ask your spouse!

a question a day book – My sister gifted Brian and I a three year “question a day” memory book that we used religiously for over two years. Now that I have admitted we have slacked, it makes me want to get us back into it! I have found a lot on Amazon!

have sex – Yep. Nothing will make you feel more connected. Have a glass of wine, take a shower, and get busy. **I actually am watching a TV show while writing this and the male lead started kissing his wife and she laughed while pushing him away saying, “It’s not Wednesday or Saturday.” “You know we are allowed to have sex on other days” he stated. Her response? “But it’s so much more fun when we plan it.” Poor guy.

memory book – I just purchased this memory book for Brian and I. I chose it because I am a very sentimental person and love the idea of having all of our important memories written down so that if something happened to us OR I get Alzheimers, our memories will be recorded for our family! Working on this with Brian will be so fun!

go on a walk – Since having miller, I’ve loved going on family walks. It takes us all outside of our distractions from phones and toys to moments of fresh air and fresh conversation! Get outside together and leave the phones at home!

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If one of these interests you and you decided to give it a try, let me know in the comments! Hoping you are all staying home and safe during this unusual time! I am thinking of you!

love always, kylie

 

 

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