Reservations for Two

Monday, April 12, 2010 |

On the beach!

Is it just me or do you find that your marriage can get a little stale at times?
The weekly schedules are demanding, the household obligations daunting and by the end of the week you realize the only substantial conversation you tried to have with your husband was interrupted and never revisited. Please say you're with me on this and I'm not alone.

With this new found awareness, I'm trying to make more of an effort to jazz up our time together and get that "newness" we had so many years ago when we were dating.

Last week we had a peek at coming attractions.
The weather was so summer like and most enjoyable!

Over our morning coffee, I asked my husband to please make sure he was home from the office no later than 5:45pm (this is an early arrival for him). I offered him no other requests or information; just a wink.

After school, I ran to Mystic Market to pick up a few picnic like items and stopped by the package store. I rushed home to chill the wine, put together a small cheese plate and pack the trunk with beach chairs, table and picnic basket.

I was treating my husband to a romantic dinner on the beach.

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We arrived and the entire beach was ours.
The scenery was tranquil and inviting. The ferry was arriving in the distance bringing tourists and loved ones home. The famed lighthouse was standing guard with years of pride.
It was a little chilly but we are coastal and it is April.

To add to our romantic ambiance, I lit a candle for our table and almost caught my pants on fire.
{this was only the beginning}

My husband poured the wine and we toasted to our evening together. Ahhh, romance!
We started with antipasto and cheeses.

Shortly after, the police arrived in the parking area.
Given that we weren't sure if alcohol was allowed on the beach, we put our glasses down on the sand to "hide" them.

Once the coast was clear, I reached for my glass and accidentally bumped it against the table and sand scattered all over my plate. A little added crunch ~ yum.

The gentle breeze that was so enjoyable quickly picked up and became gusts of wind.
{the windblown look wasn't exactly what I was working towards}

The sun began to set over the water ~ such natural beauty.
It was incredibly soft due to the haze that was coming in from the ocean.
Oddly, the sky darkened and was coupled with sharp squawking noises.
In unison, my husband and I jerked our heads upward to see the reenactment of
Alfred Hitchcock's movie

I quickly took one photo but be assured, there must have been over 100 seagulls emerging upon us.

In record time, we were packed up and running for the safety of our getaway vehicle!

So much for my sad attempt at a romantic (and uninterrupted) evening together :)

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Kathy said...

Ahhhh...but the memories will be something to talk about forever!!!!!!!!!
How funny was that!
I loved it! Made for a great post!
xoxo~Kathy @
Sweet Up-North Mornings...

JMW said...

Believe me, you are not alone. Daily routines, kids, etc. take over and it's hard to find time to reconnect and not fall into a rut. So, good for you for planning such a romantic event! I'm jealous that you have a beach nearby. Sounds like you guys had fun - cheers!

Rene said...

HAHAHAHA! Maybe next time you should treat him to McDonalds. I'm sorry that your good intentions took a sandy and horrific turn and yes, we all get into a rut from time to time. I think that's normal :)

Whitney and the Preppy Puppy said...

What a wonderful evening at the beach! I know you both had a great time, even with the hiccups. :-)

Seersucker Scrapper said...

That is too funny! I hope you were able to reconnect for at least a little bit.

We try and have a date night at least twice a month. It can get pricey with the sitter and everything, but it is definitely well worth it.

Trish said...

AWWW!! That is so incredibly thoughtful of you. I'm sorry it didn't work out as perfectly as you planned it, but I am just loving every bit of the idea for a sunset picnic and your food/beverage selections. What a fun post!! :)

Suburban Princess said...

Every romantic beach moment I try to create ends up being the same as yours! I skip romance and brace myself for a few laughs :O)

Oh and I'm not going to go all grammar nazi on you ;o)

Draffin Bears said...

Lovely post Jo, and yes, I think we all feel like that at times.
Good for you for planning a romantic picnic on the beach and it is what we do sometimes too.
Had a dog run by and flick sand in our meal, so sounds like one time when we were dinning on the beach.
My husband and I have been walking every morning and that is a great way to be able to talk, without the interruptions.

Happy week

The Shiny Pebble said...

Hillarious! Sad, but it sure made for a fun read for us, your followers. Gazooks!
Bummer, why are you not seeing my posts? That stuff happens to me all the time, so I decide to list all of my daily reads on my bloglist and organized them by most recent updates. It sure makes my life easier.
I hope your husband thinks you are the greatest for at least trying...

pink green & southern said...

Aww! So sweet and a great idea! I need to do this with my hubby!

I Love Pretty Little Things said...

Oh my goodness, that so sounds like how a night I planned could turn out. Ha ha
I hope that you both had a wonderful time anyway!

annechovie said...

I am sorry your attempt at a romantic beach dinner didn't come off as well as you'd hoped, but at least it makes for a great story. The sea gulls attacked me just recently....they get a whiff of food and go nuts! Have a good week, Jo. xo

Melissa Miller said...

Jo that is so sweet! I love your dinner story and photos of the beach. I do know what you mean. The military life is a demanding schedule for our husbands.

Thank you for your kind thoughts today. I'm in a bit of a blog rut and losing so many followers in a short time didn't help matters to motivate me. I am so thankful to have all the friends that I do have. You're the best! :)

AB HOME Interiors said...

Wow sounds amazing. My hubs and I are celebrating our tenth this Friday. Im thinking a picnic by the beach!

Holly said...

Even with all the little snafus (which I can totally relate to) it sounds wonderful and heavenly.

Casey said...

That's hysterical.... honestly I think Romance these days always comes wrapped in humor. lol. It's what makes a good marriage :)

Lori Carolina said...

Aaah, you're SO sweet and I'm sure you're hubby appreciated the thought...and the laugh! :)

Lazaro Cooks! said...

Saw your profile on another page. Glad I read your interesting and well-written blog. Look forward to following you here. Cheers!

fleur de lis cottage said...

What a great memory you have created (romantic intentions with some humurous unplanned moments). You'll look back and cherish that night on the beach!

bevy said...

What a great idea to plan a little get-away with your husband! I should know how important that is... our "honeymoon staycation" is over and we are back to the real world.

Love the picture of your cute husband!

julie said...

hi jo! i love this post! yes, i am with you girl! you do start getting into a routine in life! we have started enjoying more date nights and they are wonderful! what a great surprise! you are a good wife! but i was laughing out loud! too funny! cant wait to see whatcha do next!

Nancy @ Live love laugh said...

What a great post! It is so true about making time-we hardly ever do! We tried breakfast on the beach last summer. We went for a walk and when we came ack the seagulls were enjoying our bagels! true!

pennythequeen/queeniep said...

oh, how i long for a day at the beach... we are land locked in oklahoma and the lake just doesnt work for me! I get restored whenever i am at the beach. i will live through your eyes!!!!

Kristin said...

I admire you for trying.
So here is to being a trier for romance.

You cracked me up about hiding the wine! Oh My.

And here is the thing...if it were perfect would
it be as memorable? Probably not.

I know that your husband appreciates your caring.

Henley on the Horn said...

I'm going to steal this idea!

Liz said...

OH, how wondeful!!! *Sigh*... ;)

Miss Janice said...

This is definitely a must-do for my husband and me. Husband goes to the beach all the time and I just never seem to find the time to go along! Great idea from you:)

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