9.11.2013

TEN DATES // 01 A YANKEES GAME


i can't even wrap my mind around this but the brandon and i have been married now for ten years.

t e n  y e a r r r r r r r s. 

to celebrate, we are embarking on a year-long project . . . to finally date each other.

since brandon and i fell in love over email (that story would be HERE), we never really dated. i think we went on four dates, max. maybe five? blame it on college and getting to classes on time and working shifts at the restaurant and studying for exams. we didn't have much spare time and any spare time we did have we spent almost exclusively always making out.

we've had ten years of marriage to make it right and get on the date night train and you know what . . . we haven't. excuses excuses excuses, broke grad school kids, broke new york city kids, and now we're just not in the habit. it's pretty dang sad is what it is, steve. so, we're going to fix it! i'd make a joke about teaching old dogs new tricks but i don't want you doing the math and realizing brandon is turning THIRTY SIX this year. do they kick you off the blogs when your husband turns 40? ;)

so to celebrate our tenth year, we are teaming up with HowAboutWe and going on ten dates! all planned and booked by the clever dating service HowAboutWe, our new sponsors. HowAboutWe started as an online dating site, but has since expanded to include a membership service that gets couples already in relationships out on date nights tailored for two. your night is planned for you from start to finish, including any reservations you need made or tickets you need booked.

(to see if HowAboutWe has services in your area and to browse available date nights, click HERE.)


for our anniversary date, HowAboutWe sent us on the 360 sky suite date at the yankees/orioles game. seats in a suite! we felt like jay-z. it'd been a million years since we'd been to a yankees game (we last went on brandon's 28th birthday). we'd been talking for months about getting to a game to see the new stadium.

the evening could not have been more perfect. HowAboutWe sent a car service to pick us up, we strolled right on in, had an amazing dinner, and when the game was over they sent a car to pick us up and drop us off at home. while we waited for the car brandon showed me his best aziz ansari impression and i've never laughed harder in my life. we were so thrilled with the attention paid to every aspect of the night, and had so much fun. it felt like a true night out for both of us, since neither of us had to do any of the planning or worry about any of the logistics. i've aways loved going to baseball games, but brandon especially had the time of his life. it was so fun to pick something that i knew he would really love. he works so hard, i get to play way more than he does, and watching his face light up when we first walked into that suite was everything. what a dream night.

a few photos from our date:




i promise i shared (most of) those desserts.

we'll be spreading the rest of our dates over the course of the year. we're thinking maybe a broadway show, or backstage passes to swan lake, or a special for-lovers tour of the Met, or a food crawl! and definitely a night at the batting cages. HowAboutWe has a concierge service you can use to customize any dates you book--how fun would it be to have a dinner of hot pretzels and sauerkraut delivered to you in the middle of a batting session?

this is a sponsored post! thank you so much to our sponsor HowAboutWe for the fun opportunity, and thank you as always for supporting the companies that help support our family. 

p.s. HowAboutWe is offering $50 off your first date when you use the promo link HERE
(applies to new members only, expires 12/31/13.)

36 comments :

  1. Great idea from HowAboutWe, but I just tried to sign up and it's only in NYC and SF right now! Might be worth mentioning. :(

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  2. Oh my gosh, how fun! am signing up right now, hopeful they do stuff here in Omaha as well! what a great way to surprise my husband with a fun date!

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  3. oh maaan, my husband turns 40 next year...bye bye blog, yes?!

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  4. love the 10 dates idea. so cute.

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  5. congratulations on ten! i enjoy your essays so much—i'd love to read one on your (ten years' seasoned) thoughts on marriage!

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  6. SO fun! What a great night! Congrats on 10 years! You two seem to be rockin it. :)

    http://sometimesgracefully.com

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  7. Congrats on making it to 10 yrs!
    this website looks like a great deal! Looking for deals right now

    happymedley.blogspot.com

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  8. wow, your photos from the game look amazing! what kind of camera are you using - and do you do any editing? i'd love to take photos like these! just recently started reading your blog and love it! congratulations on your anniversary!

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  9. Happy anniversary! I wish that service was in my town, sounds amazing!

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  10. brandon looks so happy it just brought tears to my eyes. hormones? i don't know. but i'm sure glad he loves you, because i do too. :) happy anniversary, you crazy kids.

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  11. this is genius. i was just eye-rolling bemoaning the lack of date nights to my husband last night! www.gracie-and-davey.blogspot.com

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  12. First of all a HUGE congratulations on celebrating 10 years of marriage!!! That's awesome. D and I just celebrated 8, and he's 41, so I sure hope you're wrong about getting kicked off your blog after 40. I'm just starting out :). I love keeping up with you. Thanks for another great post.

    http://brasshoney.blogspot.com/

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  13. Happy Anniversary! But I'm so confused. Why are your posts sponsored now?

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  14. oh man, i love this. what a brilliant little business idea. sounds like such a fun date, and without the stress of the planning? a-mazing.

    also, your photos turned out so beautifully. they look like they're from a film camera. what's your secret?

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  15. hormones or something but awwwww i teared up! so sweet. and you rock that hair!! + hat. love it.

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  16. Great business idea. Your date night looks awesome. Hope they come to SLC soon.

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  17. This is awesome!!! And congrats on ten years Holbrookses!!!! lol!!

    Heather
    southernnorth.com

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  18. congrats!!!!!
    we just had our first wedding anniversary....looking forward to number 10!

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  19. I hope How About We comes to Seattle, sounds like a fun service!

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  20. I've followed your blog for a while now but never commented. I love this line -"any spare time we did have we spent almost exclusively always making out" - super honest and funny. love it. happy anniversary - 10 years, you've made it!

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  21. That just a great date idea! Or ideas!! Glad you both had a great date at the game! I wonder how many times I can say 'date' in this comment? Date, date, date, date, date....etc.
    And happy 10 year anniversary to you two!! I'm about to read how you both met, which I wondered about(not in a creepy way), so I can try and live vicariously through you (okay, that sounded creepy). Kidding. Just so I can read a cute love story :) I loved that you said that you both fell in love over email though. Just a cute touch.

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  22. how fun! you both look super happy, which is the best part of date night. or the best part could be those cupcakes... LOL

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  23. Why so rude, There Goes the Neighborhood? So Nat has a new sponsor, what's the big deal? So she makes a little extra money, what's it to you? Do people follow you to work and grouse about you getting paid to do something? Of course not, that's ridiculous. But then again, so was your comment. If you can't think of something nice to say, don't say anything at all.

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  24. wow! what a fantastic date. congratulations to you two! many more anniversaries to come!
    xx

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  25. Oh man I SOOOOO would love the Swan Lake date and it's sold out!!! These dates look awesome so I really hope they come to Washington DC soon. I've noticed a few commercials for it on tv so hopefully soon! Congrats on 10 years!

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  26. xxoo. happiest 10th to you guys. to date nights!

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  27. What a fantastic sounding service! I'll be anticipating the day they come to my neck of the woods. :) I love your idea of 10 dates for your tenth. Hope you enjoy every minute of every last one!

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  28. I for one am happy to see your sponsored posts, and to support your sponsors, blog, and lovely family! You rock, keep on!

    I am a fairly new reader and was so happy to read the story of how you and Brandon fell in love. Swoon-worthy! You've Got Mail has nothing on you two!

    And... that kiddo of yours sure is cute! I've got my own one-year old Henry, he's everything.

    Thanks for sharing, and doing it with such humor and grace!

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  29. Oh how I wish I could sign up for that service. I love your sponsored blog posts. Come on really - how many of us can really afford to try out all these things without someone sponsoring it? Good job. Keep up the good work.

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  30. Good for you! You work hard and deserve to have some sponsored fun. Heck, I'd love a sponsorship, but that would require me to write each day in an amusing enough manner so that others would be willing to read it and that definitely won't be happening in my lifetime. Not my skill set. Now, if you want a mean old tax return prepped, I'm all over that! LOL

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  31. Good for you! You work hard and deserve to have some sponsored fun. Heck, I'd love a sponsorship, but that would require me to write each day in an amusing enough manner so that others would be willing to read it and that definitely won't be happening in my lifetime. Not my skill set. Now, if you want a mean old tax return prepped, I'm all over that! LOL

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  32. Someone else may have already mentioned it, but HAW is also set up for the Chicago area, not just SF and NYC. I signed up and am looking at the options for my first wedding anniversary, which is next week. I wanted to go see Nick Offerman but my husband has school that night. Boo! :)

    I'm glad you have a nifty new sponsor! Good tidings to you and yours ... :)

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  33. Someone else might have mentioned it, but HAW is also set up for the Chicago area, not just SF and NYC. I signed up through your link and am perusing options for our first wedding anniversary, which is next week! :) I wanted to see Nick Offerman, alas my husband has school that night. Boo!

    I'm happy that you have a nifty new sponsor ... glad tidings to you and yours!

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  34. happy tenth! we celebrate our tenth in October. Ten years. wow!

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  35. What a cool idea! I wish we had something like that here in the stix. My husband and I (married 13 yrs next month) keep saying the same thing about date night. We need to do it more. Have fun on your upcoming nights out.

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  36. What do you use to take your pictures? Are they from a camera or an iPhone with instagram? Thanks!

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