I have an amazing husband. I knew this. I mean, I KNOW this. But every once in a while, I have to step back and take a moment and relish in how blessed I am to have him. Usually, these moments kind of catch me off guard. This weekend was one of those times.
After another long and semi-exhausting week, Ryan insisted on a date night together. I say this like I don’t appreciate and look forward to our date nights, which couldn’t be any further from the truth. But, we had already had a few date nights last week and I wasn’t sure I felt like doing the dinner/movie thing. I could tell something was different about this date night but couldn’t put my finger on what it was. Since Ryan requested a date night several days before Saturday, I knew he had something special up his sleeve.
I have a love-hate relationship with surprises. I like to be surprised… but I’m a planner by nature. So, it’s hard to let that control go and enjoy the moment, especially when there are hints that something is coming. Ryan let me know that we were going on a date night and that there was an activity planned and that I would have to do something special to prepare but no other details… and that killed me! 🙂
So, on Saturday, not knowing what was coming, I got all “dolled” up for a night out. Ryan took one look at me and let me know that though I looked great, I might want to dress a little more casual, and… a little warmer. I was stumped. Surely we couldn’t be doing something outside! It was COLD!!! After the several weird questions and statements that followed (“What kind of socks are you wearing?” “You might want to bring mittens or gloves” “Bring your camera”) I grew more and more intrigued, and a little freaked out! I kept saying the same thing over and over, “What are we doing?! Wait. No. Don’t tell me. But…”
So, we headed out for pizza at our favorite local joint. Mmmmm! Then, started driving toward Fresno. My mind raced but I decided to just let it go and get lost in conversation with Ryan. It wasn’t until we pulled up and I saw this sign that I realized what was going on…
Oh my… ICE SKATING!!!!
We had such a great time. It was such a sweet surprise. A few weeks ago, maybe even months ago, we had seen someone ice skating on TV and talked about how we both wanted to do it sometime soon. I had totally forgotten about it. But… Ryan remembered and he made it happen.