My husband Scott and I have issued each other a rom com movie challenge to watch 30 days of romantic comedies and see what it does to our relationship. Perhaps it will be just the thing for your relationship.
Although many people may complain about the retail aspects of Valentine’s Day, the holiday itself couldn’t be timed better. Think about it, as families we all come off of this crazy high of the winter holidays. From Thanksgiving to Christmas to school breaks and vacations, we all feel an emotional hang over from the activities once January hits. And then comes along Valentine’s Day.
When I was single, Valentine’s Day was like walking through a mine field. You never knew what was going to happen — and you weren’t necessarily going to like it. Being married with kids has changed the game. This year, my husband and I didn’t even exchange cards. Instead, we talked about how lucky we were to be together and then got busy … taking care of the kids, that is!
This weekend we drove to Galena, Ill. for the boys first ski lessons. (Don’t worry. A post about it is sure to follow soon!) We were up to our eyeballs in winter gear, suitcases and anything else we would need for the weekend. Romance was not on the menu.
Of course, there are always those small incidentals we always seem to forget. So my husband went to the nearby Walmart to pick up a few things. He came back with a host of $5 romantic comedies he picked up in the bargain bin. Awww. He is romantic and thoughtful.
After we finally got the boys to bed, the two of us set a fire in the fireplace, curled up on the couch and watched The Holiday starring Cameron Diez, Kate Winslet, Jude Law and Jack Black. It has been ages since I watched a good romantic comedy, and The Holiday was actually better than I remember it being. The eye candy didn’t hurt, either.
The next day, we talked about how enjoyable it was to watch something lighthearted but with heart. How about we do it again? After a busy day of taking the boys’ to their first ski lessons, Scott and I curled up on the couch again exhausted but looking forward to watching another feel-good movie. This time it was Love Actually which I haven’t seen since it was originally out in the theaters.
The next morning, we were talking about all of the great romantic comedies out there that we hadn’t seen in ages. Wouldn’t it be fun to revisit them again? Before I knew it, we were talking about giving ourselves a rom com challenge of watching romantic comedy movies for 30 days straight and see if it gets us over this holiday hangover funk we’ve been in. Game on!
I encourage you to follow with us as we embark on this movie odyssey. Romantic comedies only. And Scott has been kind enough to offer up his own thoughts on the movies — a mini review from a guy’s perspective. Every week I’ll post his feedback… I’m curious if you will agree with him.
So sit back and grab the popcorn. It’s going to be a fun month!