Yesterday was my birthday, and I had a lovely day birding in the morning with my husband, then going to church, out to lunch, and then out for a beautiful drive exploring with my mom and my hubby.

My husband and I have recently started bird watching as a hobby so we can spend more time together. And one of the challenges we do is to try to see the number of bird species on your birthday as your age. So I was supposed to see 44 yesterday. We ended up seeing 43. We only went out for 2 hours, so that’s not bad, but I think we didn’t make it all the way to 44 because I’m still only 43 at heart! Anyway, we got up at 6:30 and went out for a while before church. Here we are at a board walk 10 minutes from our house. The boardwalk was under water in places, and I didn’t have boots!

Out bird watching with my husband

Lots of fun, though.

Here’s the biggest discovery I made yesterday. I quit Diet Pepsi on December 20. I had been drinking 2 a day for  years, and I decided I just couldn’t do the aspartame anymore, so I quit cold turkey. It was hard. And the cravings never really went away. I just longed for something fizzy.

I made a deal with my daughter: every year, on my birthday, I could drink as many Diet Pepsis as I wanted! I was so looking forward to my birthday–not for the presents or the fun, but for the drink!

So here we are, out to lunch, and I have my Diet Pepsi:



Seriously. I tried a whole bunch of it yesterday and I hated it. I’ve been craving it for six months, and I don’t even like it anymore. I guess I’m now officially cured. I didn’t finish even one whole Diet Pepsi yesterday.

To my American readers, I hope you’re all enjoying a beautiful Memorial Day weekend!

Since it is a long weekend for the majority of my readers, and since I did just have a birthday, I thought that instead of writing a big post today I’d share some inspiration and a few links that you may enjoy.

Keep your husband as your priority

I shared that on Facebook last week (are you on my Facebook Page? We have great discussions and lots of great inspiration!).

Because it’s a long weekend for many of you, I thought I’d share some ideas on how to spend some time together, and the importance of spending time together. So I just browsed what posts have been pinned from Pinterest lately (follow me here), and here are some of the more popular ones about building your relationship:

25 Funny But True Marriage Tips for a Long and Happy Life TogetherWant a date night? Here are the 50 most romantic movies to watch as a couple (as chosen by my Facebook fans).

10 Cheap Date Night Ideas for parents of young kids. Great ideas here!

25 Marriage Tips. They’re fun! Share them with friends.

2 Player Board Games to play with your hubby. If the weather’s lousy in your neck of the woods today, this may come in handy!

My Husband Never Wants to Spend Time with Me. Finding ways to spend time together that work.

Finally, if you have some one-on-one time today, especially if you can make a picnic and go out in nature to work this through together, what about talking to your husband about your vision and purpose as a family (or a couple)? I’ve got some printables here, and it’s a great exercise to start!

I know some of  you are away from your husbands today because of work, or because he’s deployed and he’s on the other side of the world. I just want to give a big shout out to the military wives who read this blog (or the female military personnel themselves), and who serve their countries well, and yet sacrifice so much. We do appreciate you, and we wish you all the best on this day, too!

Have a wonderful day, everyone!

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