Camping trip to Southern Colorado

It had been too long since we’ve taken the camper out and went on a new adventure! It is amazing how refreshing a few days outside can be. It takes time, and sacrifice but it is so worth it. We finally made it happen this fall and it was a highlight of the year! Also we are obsessed with Crested Butte, so any chance we get to take a trip there is a huge win for us.

This was little Nav’s first trip in the trailer and…huge surprise to us…she loved it! Somehow she slept like a champ in her tiny room (closet). We made a bet and agreed there would be about a 90% chance Nav would end up sleeping with us in a full size bed, but somehow that 10% became reality πŸ™‚

This trip looked a little something like this ; Black Canyon of Gunnison -> Ridgeway -> Ouray -> Telluride -> Crested Butte -> Home.

If you are heading to any of those destinations to explore and need a few recommendations, feel free to comment below!


KJ & Rob

Gender Reveal!

This was honestly one of the best nights of my life. Let me back track before the story.

I love celebrating. I love gifts and I love surprises. I used to be a little shy about this, but I am trying to embrace it πŸ™‚ Even cheesy Holidays and traditions are my jam.

So when we were deciding if we should find out the gender or not, several ideas and many people’s opinions came up. We decided we wanted to find out together and alone so that we could really savor the moment together. We were just going to have the doctor tell us the gender, but I told Rob I really wanted to celebrate it with just him. So we decided to have the Doctor put the gender in an envelope and Rob and I would find out at dinner. Sounded like a perfect plan to me, but sweet Rob had a different idea (knowing how much I wanted to celebrate this little moment for us).

The Ultrasound went great and the kind tech put a photo of the gender in a sealed envelope. When we went over to the Doctors side for the appointment, Rob secretly had the tech tell the office receptionist the gender so that she could text one of our friends the gender. I never knew any of this.

So we get home and have a few hours before dinner time. I asked Rob what he was craving for dinner, and he told me reservations have already been made for 7:30. I am sure my smile was embarrassingly huge considering I did not see this coming. We dress up and left the house for dinner with the sealed envelope in Robs pocket. We park at an incredible local restaurant we have never been to called ‘The Kitchen‘. This alone was far beyond my expectations.

When we sat down we both agreed we should wait for dessert to open the envelope, it just seemed appropriate πŸ™‚ We had an outrageously delicious dinner and savored every bite of this fancy meal. Then Rob asked for the desert menu. My heart started beating so fast knowing the moment was near and also that I had to choose a desert (I am pretty indecisive when it comes to ordering food).
The waitress showed us which deserts were gluten free, and we choose one. Then we sat and waited…
Expecting the desert, we were approached my the manager of the restaurant saying she believed there was a reason to celebrate tonight (I did not tell our waitress about the gender reveal). She smiled and pulled out a present from behind her back and places it in front of me. It has our names on it and is wrapped beautifully. I was so confused but so giddy. I started to open it and when I got to the box beneath the wrapping Rob placed his hand firmly on the lid. He told me this is it. This is the moment. I was still so confused but too excited to ask. We peeked under the lid and found a pair of baby shoes and colored confetti.
We laughed and teared up for joy about our new family. As if the night couldn’t get better, the staff at The Kitchen brought out a tray with all three gluten free deserts lined in appropriately colored candles. I cried again, but this time because a pregnant woman just got served three deserts! πŸ™‚

So sneaky rob went shopping the morning of our appointment and bought boy shoes and girl shoes. He got wrapping paper and everything needed to create this gift. He dropped off these presents with a good friend of ours who agreed to wrap the correct pair and drop them off at the restaurant for us. Rob told her she would get a text from a random number revealing what the gender was. He had also told the restaurant all of the details when he made the reservation.

And that is the story of how we found out we are having a baby girl πŸ™‚

A HUGE thank you to The Kitchen & Sunday Supply for spoiling us and celebrating with us!

Gender Reveal Ideas

Date Night – Theme Night!

Dar and Kawika have a stunning marriage and we get to see it first hand! We are lucky to call these two friends and live life only a mile apart πŸ™‚

Here is their favorite way to date ~

“One of our favorite date nights is a theme night. So we will pick a theme “Colorado” and do a few outings that involve that theme!!!
For example our Colorado date night we went out for Beau Joes Pizza and ordered one of their “mountain pies”, got Colorado brews to drink and then sat up at our local reservoir and watched the sunset. Simple- but fun! This theme date night could be elaborate as you want! We’ve done Latin night went out for Margs and went salsa dancing, NFL date (which is one of his favs) watch the BRONCOS make our own wings, dips and bar food at home and then during commercials go throw the football in the yard. Keeping it playful & simple is our key!”

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Date Night – Cooking Class

Tori & Ben nailed it on this one! Such a fun date idea you two!

“Our date night took place at the new Fort Collins Cooking Studio in the Opera Galleria. I love cooking and being in the kitchen so I thought this would be really fun! Ben does OK in the kitchen and we are always getting better at working together in the kitchen! πŸ™‚ I love his help when entertaining so any kitchen skills he can learn are good with me! The cooking class was great because we got to interact with other couples and work together on a common goal: dinner!”

Here is Tori & Ben on their way to date night!


Date Night – Classy Picnic

Loving this simple and relaxing date idea from Chris & Marianne!

“I think one of my favorite dates was when Chris and I packed some of our favorite fruits, cheeses, and meats, along with some tasty wine, and headed over to Wash Park with a blanket. It was so fun to sit under the trees and eat our picnic. There’s lots of fun people watching to be done there. Then when our bellies were full and our eyes got heavy, we took a little snooze in the shade of the trees. It was such a relaxed, low key date, but it was fun to spend the quality time together in the summer weather.” ~Marianne

Happy Friday and don’t forget to hashtag your date nights! #kjandrobdatenight

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Date Nights – Adventurous Dinner Date

Oh this story is dear to me. McKendree and Tim are some of our closest friends and keep us accountable for being fun and adventurous. I love the story of their first date, and how to make a simple dinner date an adventure to remember!

“I (McKendree) will never forget when I received a text message from my then boyfriend (now husband) that I was supposed to β€œDress warm,” for our first date. Bear in mind this was the only message I received minus the time in which he would be picking me up. Being mid-December in Fort Collins, with no-doubt a fresh layer of Colorado snow, I laughed out loud, like really laughed, not just the lol kind, and wondered what he possibly could have up his sleeve.
So when on our first date, on a near freezing winter night, he picked me up on a tandem bike (fun fact: this tandem was given to KJ and Rob for a wedding gift from a group of our friends), I knew I was in for a journey of adventure and fun. So in my three heavy layers, winter gloves, and knitted hat, I saddled up on what has now been a defining moment in our relationship.
After we rode to dinner, unknowing to me, he had cleverly schemed with his roommates to switch his car for the bike, knowing the cold tandem ride adventure effect can only last so long. So much to my grateful surprise we left dinner in a warm car.”

Don’t forget to use #kjandrobdatenight on instagram to show off your date night! You could win $100 date night gift card!

(This photo was from Mckenn & Tim’s engagement session!)

Date Night Ideas

Date Nights – Easy Camping trip

Happy Friday! Welcome to our first official KJ & Rob Date Night series. Reading all of the date ideas you guys have submitted has been a blast, keep ’em coming! Don’t forget to use the hashtag #kjandrobdatenight on Instagram for your dates so that you can be entered to win free dates!

Check out this adventurous & easy date night from the lovely Kalya & DJ!

Our absolute favorite date night is a quick overnight camping trip! We drive somewhere close enough that it doesn’t take too long but far enough that we have pretty views πŸ™‚ We grab a pizza, s’mores stuff, and beer on our way up and that’s about it! We keep it pretty simple. It’s a great and cost friendly opportunity to get away and connect with your spouse, enjoy God’s creation, and spend time sharing your hearts with each other! It’s fun to sit and dream and laugh together; or even just sit quietly and just enjoy each other’s company in that setting. No technology, no distractions- just a campfire, some country music, and some yummy food. ~Kayla


Introducing…. KJ & ROB Date Nights!

KJ and ROB date night

It seems like every distraction imaginable is begging for your time and attention. Although a lot of these distractions are good (family, friends, jobs), we can’t let anything take priority over the intentionality in our marriage. We have vowed before people to put our spouses needs above our own. At the end of the day, if all else fades away, we will still have our spouse by our side. Now that is what I want to invest my heart and time in to!

We want to create the expectation that we need to take set apart time to turn our attention and affection over fully to our spouse. Trust me, they deserve it and so do you. It is not normal to go weeks without connecting with you Husband or Wife! And there is a big difference between being around your spouse and setting intentional time to pursue your spouse.

So, we are committing to weekly date nights, and we invite you to join us!

With all of this said, let’s admit it, thinking of something fun and different to do every week can be stressful, exhausting and sometimes expensive. That is why we want to help create a resource for us!
SO…we have gathered stories and date ideas and we will be releasing ‘Date Night’ blogs every Friday! We will be featuring many clients & friends and sharing wonderful ideas on how to stay connected. Doesn’t matter if the date ideas are cheap or expensive, quick or long, simple or complex, adventurous or calm, morning or night, what matters is spending quality time with your hot, best friend.

Would you date with us? πŸ™‚ It doesn’t have to be every week, but let’s commit to some uninterrupted time together. Let’s not stop making wonderful memories. Let’s not stop discovering more about our best friend.

We want to see your date nights!! Use the hashtag #KJandRobDateNight on instagram or send us a Facebook message! You might get featured….and we will be drawing random winners to win date nights on us!!

Come back here every Friday and find your next date night idea!

~KJ & Rob

KJ and Rob