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Thursday, January 29, 2015

I am looking for ideas for the upcoming Valentines Day.

Things are very different this year in our household. And this Valentines has some special circumstances that are making us have a hard time coming up with unique ideas for things to do.

Let me break it down. My oldest son is 21 years old. And is a very capable man. He needs to have a sleep study done in a large city he is unacquainted with so we offered to go with him and stay in a hotel near where his sleep study is and make a weekend of it. Now, all that are going are myself, hubby, 21 yr old son, 10 year old son and our puppy. PUPPY is a glitch in many things we can do as a family. And that is fine, we take responsibility for him. Accommodations have already been made for the family and the puppy to be with us. My son's sleep study is Friday night (13th) and we are to pick him up the morning of the 14th. So we booked 2 nights at the hotel just in case the sleep center needs extra time with him and so we can be away from home for some Rest and relaxation. My oldest son (21) has offered to stay in the room with my ten year old and the puppy having some brother time with pizza and games and such if my husband and I wanted to go do something. This is more than sweet of him.

So, I used to be very creative with things like this but somewhere it has been hiding in me to plan up something to do keeping in mind the restrictions we have or may have that day. We do not want to make reservations anywhere in case our son needs more time at the sleep center. And we enjoy doing things on the fly. So, I am looking for ideas that are not expensive, not calorie riddled, not boring, not a loner activity, and not a crowded activity. I know those last two kind of contradict themselves, but I hope you know what I mean. We don't know the city that well, and we don't drink often. We are looking to step outside the box of dinner and a movie on this day just to feel a little more special.

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    The picnic is a great idea! My hubby even suggested where I was thinking of doing it! We thought up some fun things to do too like bowling, go carts, rock wall climb, ice skating, cooking class, among others. I was telling one of you girls that I had done a scavenger hunt for my hubby years ago that lead him to his gift. That was so fun and he was excited the whole "date". I think I will save that idea to do again on our anniversary later this year. I thought about going snow tubing but my youngest requested if we could take a mini vacation one weekend to do that as a family.
    Thanks for the ideas girls!
    2269 days ago
    I like Capt Butterfly's ideas too. In fact, I think I will try them myself!

    If you have GPS on your phone, you could try Geo-Caching (if you are not familiar with it, just Google that and you will quickly be up to speed). There are usually LOTS of caches in bigger cities and it gets you out to some interesting places. You could use the dollar store idea to load up on a few valentine related items to leave behind in the caches...and be sure to hold hands while you are on your adventure! emoticon

    2270 days ago
    Capt_Butterfuly said all of that much better than I did lol!
    2270 days ago
    I wish I could come up with something for you, but I'm the brain-dead lady who scheduled a wisdom teeth extraction the day before Valentine's day emoticon . Does that place have any parks where you can do an intimate picnic with your husband? You'd be in charge of what foods are served and (if the weather permits) would get to enjoy the fresh air and such. You could always research museums and enjoy the attraction of each other's intelligence. Hmmm...I think that's all I've got. Let me know what you come up with.
    2270 days ago
    I don't know what city so I can't be specific, but if the weather is favorable I'm sure there are parks you could go for a walk in. Eat from a food cart/truck if they have them. Maybe take in a museum you havn't been to. Since its Valentines you won't be able to get in to any fancy restaurants without a reservation, but there are generally lots of smaller joints in a big city that you could try. When i'm staying at hotels in strange cities, I often ask the desk clerks for their favorite restaurants and try them out.

    Check online and see if the city has a haunted history tour. Usually more fun then you would think. Boston and New Orleans have amazing ones.

    Go to a dollar store together and split up challenging each other to find something sweet and romantic for each other, or for funnier results find the most ridiculous thing you can for each other.

    I can think of a million things to do in a strange city. I hope you have fun.

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    2270 days ago
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