Earlier in January, probably for the third or fourth year in a row, I told Mr. Mate that I wanted to do more activities together on the weekends. We tend to be fairly low key when it comes to going out for anything–sometimes it has to do with trying to save money, but there are tons of wonderful things to do without spending a whole lot.
|Sweet treats in Tacoma|
Probably 90% of our laziness has to do with my indecision and lack of motivation when the time comes around to carry out loosely made plans. Mr. Mate has always been very relaxed about me cancelling plans. The other part of it has been that I am usually the one who suggests activities and usually they are not something that I think Mr. Mate would plan himself. Thus while he is very willing to do the outings I suggest, I always feel like like I am dragging him around against his will which tends to make the outing much less enjoyable for me.
So for 2012 I asked that he take the helm more often in suggesting activities, that he enforce our plans, and that we actually carry out our plans a couple times a month. I think we have been doing a very good job.
|Our chosen activity at the Tacoma Art Museum|
Two weekends ago we went to the Tacoma Art Museum (which, by the way, has a great arts and crafts room which provides supplies for making projects related to current exhibits. It’s great for kids and adults alike!) and to the Brown and Haley store which sits next to the factory that makes Almond Roca– a toffee delight that I’ve enjoyed since my grandma introduced it to me when I was a wee thing back in California. We’ve gone for walks to the beach and then stopped for coffee or doughnuts. We’ve gone to a baby shower, dinner at a friend’s house, and gone to see a movie. This past weekend we went to breakfast and then to Kubota Gardens which are beautiful and beautiful year round.
|Kubota Gardens a couple minutes before it started hailing|
After 15 years of being together, it’s been really great to dedicate a couple hours a week to doing fun activities together and I promise that after the threat of snow has passed we’ll start doing hikes in the mountains!