May 4, 2012 - Marriage    14 Comments

Soon to be Mr. and Mrs. . . .

Soon a very dear friend of mine will be getting married. Which got me to thinking about some fun activities that are good ways to build and strengthen a relationship. So if you’re thinking about getting married or already are, try some of these suggestions. Let me know how they work out. Or if you have a suggestion of your own that you’d like to share please send it my way. I’d love to hear about it.

Some of these might seem a little dated, but trust me, that only adds to the fun.

Places to Visit:

  • Used or new bookstore
  • Junkyard
  • Large toy store
  • Farmer’s market
  • Nearby tourist sights you’ve never bothered to check out
  • Fine arts museum
  • Cemetery and read gravestones
  • Go on a Tour: a ship, bakery, dairy, or radio/TV station
  • Visit a vineyard

 

Fun at Home:

  • Have a cookout
  • Play games
  • Plant a garden
  • Cook a fancy dinner together
  • Buy some paints and paint a picture
  • Write a story together and try to get it published
  • Buy a junk piece of furniture and refinish it
  • Make crafts for birthday or Christmas presents
  • Read a really good book
  • Plan a budget together
  • Draw house plans of houses you would like to build. Compare them
  • Write letters to missionaries
  • Talk about the lives those people might have lived

 

Outdoors:

  • Have a picnic
  • Go berry picking
  • Go to the lake for a day
  • Go to the beach; find rocks, sea glass, and shells for someone’s garden
  • Leave a message in the sand
  • Do landscaping and yard work at home, at your church, or at the home of someone who needs help
  • Hike, mountain bike, roller blade, cross country ski, jog, or ice skate
  • Take a group of children on a field trip
  • Have a “bigger and better” night, where you start with something small and go door to door asking them to give you something that is “bigger and better” than what you have
  • Earn some money raking leaves, shoveling snow, or washing windows

 

Everyday Things:

  • Go food shopping together
  • Go to church, organization, or work functions together
  • Take a trip to the public library. Maybe research some crazy topic
  • Go Christmas caroling, even at odd times of the year
  • Lead singing on an elevator or in another public place
  • Shop for something special: fancy china, a car, or a mink coat (doesn’t buy anything!)
  • Attend an unusual convention of stamp collectors; coin collectors, home improvement experts, or Elvis look-a-likes
  • Roller-skating
  • Attend an auction
  • Go garage sailing
  • Price caskets at a funeral home
  • Make up a survey (on anything) and give it at the mall or in a park
  • Teach a class
  • Attend a conference or seminar together

 

Volunteer:

  • Fold bulletins for your church, or help in other ways
  • Sit in on a trial and discuss it afterwards
  • Volunteer for a political party
  • Volunteer at a nursing home, jail, or community clean up activity
  • Become a Big Brother/Big Sister
  • Run errands for someone together
  • Make some bag lunches and distribute them to homeless people

 

Activities with friends:

  • Go bowling with friends
  • Conduct a community outreach activity
  • Go apple picking and bring a picnic and some good friends
  • Baby-sit children together, taking them to a fun kids spot
  • Invite some friends over and bake bread
  • Throw a theme party for friends
  • Cook dinner together for friends or family
  • Fix a meal for a couple with a new baby

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