Sunday, July 17, 2011

Steppin' Out Saturday

Saturday night, Shawn and I enjoyed our first date out together in a very long time!
My cousin was kind enough to watch our sweet babies and we headed out for a few hours,
ate the most delicious meal, and caught up on weeks' worth of conversation.  It was so
nice to reconnect, focusing on each other and nothing else.
We snapped a few photos before leaving, an excited Mama and Daddy with
our two pajama clad angels:
Words can not express how grateful we are for nights such as these for they are few and
far between.  With two working parents, one of whom is in his senior year of college, and
two girls who deserve all the love and attention in the world, alone time is pretty scarce
these days.  We strive everyday to work hard, love harder, and make each other feel
as appreciated as possible.  It's all about balance and being aware of the time you
have, enjoying the moments and being present.  Having a few hours away to just be
Shawn and Liv is a precious gift essential to keeping our marriage strong.  I am still
working very hard to remind myself of this daily.  I am guilty of having guilt: guilt from
being away from my children while I pursue a career I am passionate about, guilt from
not taking time for myself more often, guilt for missing my husband and all the time we
used to spend together.  I am a work in progress, still learning to be patient and accepting
of myself.  And so a night like this was a gift, we savored every moment and stored
this precious memory deep down inside our souls, keeping it close to carry us through.
We arrived home to find this little lamb, waiting up for her Mama and Daddy, and it was
the best of both worlds.  We snuggled up in the living room and shared a bowl of ice
cream, then tucked our baby into bed with us.  It was a magical night and I feel blessed
to be so loved.


Caitlin said...

Love your dress and shoes! And I can imagine that spending time together is extremely important when you have kids. Good for you guys :)

-Kelsey said...

I LOVE your header!! so cute! and your buttons too, nice work!

Lucy The Valiant said...

Oh I struggle with that same guilt! It sucks! But date nights are VERY important!

Mallorie Owens said...

Cute dress! Sounds like you guys had a good night out together :)

Poekitten said...

It sounds like you had a great date night!

I came by from FTLOB:)

Little Gray Pixel said...

Date nights are awesome (although rare here, too!). The two of you are such a handsome couple. And how do you do it? You always look like you are glowing. Gorgeous, mama.

TexaGermaNadian said...

So glad you and him got a great night out. I am sure it was well deserved :) Stopped over from FTLOB to wish ya a happy comment love day!

Colleen @ Mommy Panda said...

Those shoes are so cute! Where did you get them?

Olivia Grace said...

Thank you ladies! I'm so sorry I didn't post any ensemble details this week! I was in such a tiz over the fact that my husband agreed to participate that I just kind of threw it all together!
Dress: Urban Outfitters
Shoes: Steve Madden

Mandy said...

YAY for date nights!!! You two definitely deserved it. And you both looked fabulous. But... it is nice to come home to your babes, huh?? Such little blessings.

Seek First said...

You look adorable! Date nights are the best, so glad you and the hubs got to enjoy one!

Jackie said...

It is just as important to make time for the two of you as your little twosome! Glad to hear you had a great time!

Wendy said...

Sounds like a great night! Your dress is so pretty.

Anonymous said...

You look fabulous, love your dress! Very cute couple, with adorbs babies ... glad you had a much needed date night! :)

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Sarbear said...

Very very cute dress! I love when you share photos of your family. You are all so beautiful and you and your husband make quite the adorable couple. No wonder your girls are so cute! :)

arielle @ a beautiful journey. said...

love your dress! so pretty :)

Tales of a young mamma said...

Stopping by from SOS- Love your dress! ANd your hair!!

Lindsay said...

You have a beautiful family! Glad to hear you and your hubby got to enjoy a date night. PS: Your dress was so pretty!