When we were at lunch together for our anniversary we tried not to talk work stuff (its sometimes hard not to when you work, parent, and do married life with your husband!) and one of the things we talked about was starting a new hobby together. Sometimes at the end of the day we end up watching TV shows til 1am but we want to have an activity we both love to do together. David has always been the cook in the family. He makes us dinners all the time and when I try it usually doesn’t turn out so great lol. So we are going to try cooking and baking together and learn to make new things! Especially recreate yummy baked goods we try in all the countries we travel to. (I have a favorite pastry that I ate every day while in Croatia!)
So last week when we got back from Australia we got lots of groceries for the week and cooked up a meal on our porch together! We made lemon rice, shish kabobs, and a fruit platter. We used these new platters we got from Etsy – the woman who owns this Etsy shop makes all of these pieces by hand and then paints them. We happened upon them randomly and both fell in love with them – especially since that color blue is perfect for the ocean vibe in Hawaii. We have loved trying new fruits while being here and we constantly have bowls of cut up fruit so now we have these pretty dishes to eat them off of!
When Etsy asked us to participate in their What Makes Us Different campaign I of course wanted to join! I think its so important to appreciate differences we all have. Whether it is different lifestyles, family dynamics, parenting methods, anything! David and I have our own family dynamics that are different than most of our friends and family. Some are more simple things like the fact that he is the cook in the family and others are things like the fact that we work together, co parent, and are married. Because we parent and work together we have had to learn lots of lessons together. Most people are not with their spouse all day and usually not in so many different life scenarios — dealing with tantrums and then cleaning the home and cooking and then answering emails and working on our new business. If something goes wrong its hard to not get stressed and have it bleed into the other areas. We have had to have a lot of sit down chats about how we can improve communication and work on these things to make sure we are being good parents, business owners, and spouses all at the same time. We have gotten into a good groove but we definitely know how to get on each other’s nerves 😉
It has also been really fun to observe all of the different parenting styles of our friends. Just last night we were eating dinner and I was telling David some things I love that our friend Hayley does with her daughter. One reason I love my girlfriends was anytime we are together we would usually end up letting each other know what we thought they were good at and/or why they are a good mom.
Differences give us a chance to see new perspective and possibly improve little bits of our own lives by finding inspiration in others!
*Thanks to Etsy for sponsoring this post.