Sunday, February 24, 2008

Back in the Day...

Last night Jon and I were able to go out on a date! We ate at Red Robin (we love their burgers) and then went to see a couple of our seniors in Grissom's production of Kiss Me Kate. It was very cute, and we laughed a lot.
Sometimes it's amazing to me how caught up I can become in day-to-day things. I forget how much fun Jon and I used to have together and how much fun things could be if we would just take more time to focus on each other. When we actually take time to just be out together it's kinda fun to remember what it was like back in the day...

Christmas 2003--Married 1 1/2 years


We had (not-as-care-free-as-college-students) adult conversation. We drove around in our (not-as-cool-as-my-GrandPrix-used-to-be) van. We saw a (not-as-young-and-crazy-a-show-as-we-may-have-gone-to) musical. And then we came to our (not-as-cheap-as-our-college-apartment) house at (a much-earlier-than-pre-kids-curfew) 11:00.

Okay...So maybe it wasn't JUST like it was back in the day, but it's good to remember that we're not the same either. To me that is part of the hard part, along with being part of the best part of being married to your best friend. In a way I want everything to stay the same as my memories. In a way, though, I am so curious to see each change and evolution that happens to us as individuals and as a couple and as a family.

On the way home from our date, a song came on the radio that really took me right back to our college dating days. One of my favorite things that Jon does that is just for me is to change a couple of words from Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville and turn the radio down and sing for me. I think the first time we ever heard the song together he did it, and he's done it ever since...

Don't know the reason, Stayed here all season
With nothing to show but this
brand new tattoo.
But it's a real beauty,
My Michigan cutie,
how it got here I haven't a clue.

It melts my heart. It reminds me of where we used to be. It also helps me remember my dreams for where we are headed. It helps me realize that I can treasure my memories of back in the day, but that I need to be thankful for and focused on this day.

November 2007--Married 5 1/2 years

7 comments:

Amy said...

Such a wonderful post! I'm glad you guys were able to have a date night. It makes such a difference! I loved reading about then and now. We love you guys!

Brooke said...

Ya'll are too cute!! I love to hear these kind of stories! Keep it up!

Jamey said...

What a great way to look at life and your marriage.

You are an inspiration to me to focus on the positive instead of the negative.

jon said...

I like when we karaoke "If I had million dollars" in the car!

THE MORROW FAMILY said...

I am with you on that post, Stacy! I'm so glad ya'll got to have a night out together. I know ya'll don't get those enough. I am the same way about not wanting things to change from those days when we were first together, but like you said you grow into new stages and your relationship grows with the time, too. It is hard at times to just be joyful in the now and not focused on how it used to be or on how it will be one day.

Sunny said...

I always love reflecting back on those "first days". Glad that you guys were able to have a date night!

Bethany said...

Stacy,
Good to hear from you. I love this post. I have just recently been thinking of this very same saga in our marriage. I'd love to re-live the past, but at the same time, I love to see the changes that our family goes through, and we are making new memories that we are going to want to live again! :) It's a wonderful cycle! Enjoy spending those precious moments with your husband...and keep the spark...even if it is a changed lyric to Margarittaville! :)