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Dutch Wonderland!

Last week the four of us headed over to Dutch Wonderland for a summertime experience in the park. Dutch Wonderland is definitely kid-oriented, but small enough to not be nearly as overwhelming as larger parks (HersheyPark, I’m looking at you). Anyway, all of the photos we took are in an album here, but here are my favs from the day:

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water slides are fun!

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ducklings (okay, almost grown, but still… fluff!)!

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this is apparently my “I’m going to T-bone you as hard as I can” face…

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the sprogs got me back.

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huge swing ride for a kiddie park – so high up that I won’t get on it!

All in all, we had a good day: good temps (high of 84, low humidity), plenty of sunshine, nobody got sunburned, lost, or hurt, and the kids rode everything they wanted multiple times with very little wait time.


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Today, love won. #LoveWins

Today was an awesome day. God/Goddess/Deity bless America.

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image credit: @JanelParrish

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Awesome photos from Alyssa, and crazy cat lady photos from me

(worth noting: my Canon DSLR, which I won from a blog giveaway last May, hit the floor tonight, and my first thought wasn’t, “oh no!”; but, “thank God it wasn’t the Nikon!”. I’m such a camera snob. But it’s also worth noting that the Canon is an entry-level model, whereas the Nikon is worth more than my car.)

All around AWESOME photos Alyssa took:

After the storm.

After the storm.

After the storm.

After the storm.

Funny and awesome cat photos I took:

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Dan’s nap buddy.

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Aslan is ready to internet.

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Cube Cat has finally de-cubed himself, and now cats like the rest of the crew.


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Add The Fire Back into Your Relationship

When you’re in a relationship, things often follow a set formula. They start off hot and heavy, and then when you’ve been together a while things seem to fizzle out a bit more. In reality, it’s just the two of you getting used to being comfortable around one another. However, many of us think this is signalling the end of the relationship.

If this is a worry of yours then what you need to do is come up with ways to reignite the relationship. You need to reinvigorate the attraction and realise what made you get together in the first place. Here are some great ideas to help you do this, there’s no doubt you’ll have a few of your own as well.

Date Night
Try to make sure you pencil in one night each week that’s date night. This is a night that you spend just the two of you together. You can use this time to just enjoy the pleasure of each other’s company. It might be a romantic meal together. Or, you might choose to go to the theatre or something. It’s important that date night becomes a tradition. It gives you a break from your busy schedules and lets you spend time together as a couple.

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Dirty Talk
When the relationship seems to be on the wane, one of the first things to suffer is the sex. It’s a shame because this is a crucial part of any relationship. Physical intimacy is a key part of the connection you have as a couple. So, if you want to spice things up in the bedroom, dirty talk is one of the best places to start. If you need pointers, you should refer to the review of Felicity Keith’s Language of Desire for inspiration. You’ll be surprised at the effect dirty talk can have on your man, and how it can help to spice things up in the relationship.

Binge Watch TV Shows
A more unusual way to ignite that spark in your relationship is to spend time watching TV shows together. Since Netflix blossomed, this has become much more popular and accessible. It’s a great idea to pick a show and watch it through together. This is something enjoyable you can pencil in time to look forward to each week. It will also give you a common bond and a new discussion topic. This is an excellent way to enjoy entertainment, and it could help bring you closer together.

Try New Things
A great way of keeping things fresh and exciting is to try to do new things. Once a week try to do something together you’ve never done before. This might be something as simple as cooking a meal together. Or it could be something a little different like going for a walk, or taking a dance class. Trying new things will ensure that you still experience ‘first’s’ in your relationship. It will give you fun and exciting memories, and you’ll feel invigorated and inspired as a result of it.

 

Relationships are wonderful things, but they are also hard work. Anything that’s worth having is hard work, and that’s the way it should be. You need to realise that when you’re in a relationship you’re going to have ups and downs. If you think that there’s going to be electricity all the time you’re fooling yourself. You need to work hard at it and look at ways to add the romance back into the relationship.  


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100 ways to say, “I love you”

  1. “Pull over.  Let me drive for awhile.”
  2. “It reminded me of you.”
  3. “No, no, it’s my treat.”
  4. “Come here.  Let me fix it.”
  5. “I’ll walk you home.”
  6. “Have a good day at work.”
  7. “I dreamt about you last night.”
  8. “Take my seat.”
  9. “I saved a piece for you.”
  10. “I’m sorry for your loss.”
  11. “You can have half.”
  12. “Take my jacket, it’s cold outside.”
  13. “Sorry I’m late.”
  14. “Can I have this dance?”
  15. “I made your favourite.”
  16. “It’s okay.  I couldn’t sleep anyway.”
  17. “Watch your step.”
  18. “Here, drink this.  You’ll feel better.”
  19. “Can I hold your hand?”
  20. “You can borrow mine.”
  21. “You might like this.”
  22. “It’s not heavy.  I’m stronger than I look.”
  23. “I’ll wait.”
  24. “Just because.”
  25. “Look both ways.”
  26. “I’m sorry.  I didn’t mean to.”
  27. “Try some.”
  28. “Drive safely.”
  29. “Well, what do you want to do?”
  30. “One more chapter.”
  31. “Don’t worry about me.”
  32. “It looks good on you.”
  33. “Close your eyes and hold out your hands.”
  34. “That’s okay, I bought two.”
  35. “After you.”
  36. “We’ll figure it out.”
  37. “Can I kiss you?”
  38. “I like your laugh.”
  39. “Don’t cry.”
  40. “I made this for you.”
  41. “Go back to sleep.”
  42. “Is this okay?”
  43. “I picked these for you.”
  44. “I’ll drive you to the hospital.”
  45. “What do you want to watch?”
  46. “You can go first.”
  47. “Did you get my letter?”
  48. “I’ll do it for you.”
  49. “Call me when you get home.”
  50. “I think you’re beautiful.”
  51. “Are you sure?”
  52. “Have fun.”
  53. “Sit down, I’ll get it.”
  54. “I made reservations.”
  55. “I don’t mind.”
  56. “It brings out your eyes.”
  57. “There is enough room for both of us.”
  58. “You don’t have to say anything.”
  59. “Wow.”
  60. “Happy birthday.”
  61. “I’ll pick it up after work.”
  62. “It can wait until tomorrow.”
  63. “Cross my heart and hope to die.”
  64. “It’s two sugars, right?”
  65. “I’ll help you study.”
  66. “Stay over.”
  67. “I did the dishes.”
  68. “You didn’t have to ask.”
  69. “I bought you a ticket.”
  70. “You’re warm.”
  71. “No reason.”
  72. “I’ll meet you halfway.”
  73. “Take mine.”
  74. “We can share.”
  75. “I was just thinking about you.”
  76. “I want you to have this.”
  77. “Call me if you need anything.”
  78. “Do you want to come too?”
  79. “I’ll still be here when you’re ready.”
  80. “Is your seatbelt on?”
  81. “Sweet dreams.”
  82. “I was in the neighbourhood.”
  83. “Stay there.  I’m coming to get you.”
  84. “The key is under the mat.”
  85. “It doesn’t bother me.”
  86. “You’re important too.”
  87. “I saved you a seat.”
  88. “I’ll see you later.”
  89. “I noticed.”
  90. “You can tell me anything.”
  91. “I hope you like it.”
  92. “I want you to be happy.”
  93. “I believe in you.”
  94. “You can do it.”
  95. “Good luck.”
  96. “I brought you an umbrella.”
  97. “I’ll pick you up at the airport.”
  98. “Take a deep breath.”
  99. “Be careful.”
  100. “I love you.”

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