Never, do we ever celebrate (what we consider to be) lame holidays. Holidays that were brought on by greeting card companies and not by history or religion. Holidays that require you to buy a present and “celebrate” for no good reason. Valentine’s Day is just that for us. We don’t believe that you have to buy a present once a year to show a person you care. Furthermore, we don’t want to spend the money.
But this year, my husband actually decided to buy me some flowers (my favorite sunflowers, not roses) and give me some chocolate covered strawberries. And while he insisted that I couldn’t eat them all, it was special none the less.
The thing is, the activity we crave the most is actually spending time together. The two of us doing the things we enjoy the most, without the kids present. Don’t get me wrong. I love our kids and I love spending time with them too but when it comes down to it, they are at the age where all their time is spent arguing. “She hit me! He’s annoying me!” You get the idea. And honestly we just wanted a little time away from that. So we decided to go on a hike together. Just us and the dogs. Our bonding with each other and spending quality time together is just as important as it is to spend time as a whole family. If we aren’t strong, then the unit will fall apart.
This year, in June, it marks our 19th year of marriage. We have had our ups and downs but have never faltered. And as we get older, we have noticed that we have more in common now then we did when we started. I’m not sure why that is, but it’s very true.
So this particular weekend, we decided to go on a hike to the same place I had gone before (Celebration Park) but decided to go in a different direction. My husband is the one that likes to climb the mountains and get to the very top of wherever we are going. And traditionally, I am not the one that likes to do that. It takes me longer to trek up to the top and especially when the elevation gain is really steep, it’s hard on my lungs with the altitude difference. Since moving to Idaho, however, I think there will be more treks to the top for me. Not just because I want to spend more time with him but because there are shorter peaks here than in California and I won’t get as sick going to the top. I look forward to our many new adventures together.