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Summer Vacation

Published April 16, 2012 by theprioritymale

By Jenna Raulerson

Summer is on the horizon, and that means several things. For all of us who write on this blog, who just happen to be teachers and school employees, that means time off work! But it also means time to plan summer vacations.


In my house, this is a little bit of a daunting task, mostly because my husband and I have conflicting tastes in ideal vacation destinations. I’d like to spend my vacation taking in gorgeous natural scenery, breathing in fresh air, doing a little hiking or riding bikes on the beach and possibly taking in a man-made shopping mall hear and there. He would like to spend the days in a fast-paced city with flashing lights everywhere you look. Probably playing lots of golf. One thing we do agree on is really great food.


So this year I came up with a solution to avoid a possible World War III (ok not really) when deciding on where to go for summer vacay. We would get 10 slips of paper. Each of us would do thorough research and write down 5 places we would like to go for vacation. Then we would draw one out of a bowl!


Here were the rules:


  1. They had to be places we could reasonably afford to go by June 2012.
  2. They had to be places we had never been before!
  3. They had to be within the continental U.S.
  4. Thorough research needed to be conducted.
  5. They had to be awesome.


It took us a while to come up with 5 places each. It was a lot harder than I thought it would be. But it was a lot of fun, and fun to keep mine secret from my hubby until the end! When we both finished, we put them in a big box and shook it all around. My husband insisted he draw the slip out (man thing)… and the choice was… Scottsdale, AZ!!


Here are the other choices that were in the box:


  1. Chicago, IL
  2. San Francisco, CA
  3. Santa Barbara, CA
  4. New Orleans, LA
  5. Scottsdale, AZ


  1. Dallas, TX
  2. Palm Beach Gardens, FL
  3. Miami/Key West, FL
  4. Hilton Head, SC
  5. Scottsdale, AZ

Scavenger Date Night

Published April 11, 2012 by theprioritymale

By Cari Andreani

Who says you are too old to play games? We don’t! In fact, it is so much more fun to play games when you are older. Something about them brings out the kid in you. 🙂

So the ladies who write this blog and I decided to do a “Scavenger Date Night” with our spouses. Kristin and her husband Shaun Staley, are some of the most creative people I know. So we put them in charge of coming up with a fun night for us. Jenna and Owen came, Melissa and Jaime came, and then of course Juan Luis and I were there- and we ready to conquer!

We met at the St. John’s Town Center, a shopping area where there are lots of stores and restaurants to scavenger through. We met at 5:00pm at the fountain in front of Maggiano’s and were given a list of items to collect. The couple with the most items by 7:00pm wins. Then it was off to Cheesecake Factory to display our items and experiences. Thanks to smart phones, some items on the list were video or picture related. (That was the entertainment watching those videos over dinner!)

Items on the scavenger hunt included: A credit card application, business card, perfume sample, and shoebox. Video and picture items were worth two points. (These were what we went for first! ) They were things like: Take your picture in front of a fountain, find a book by an author with your first name, video a group member directing traffic, and (this one was great) video one of you doing a cartwheel! We learned quickly who was shy and who wasn’t. Going up to total strangers and asking things like their shoe size, and singing and dancing with strangers made the night so much fun!

I had so much fun conquering that list with my husband. It definitely created team work! I also learned more about my husband. For example, if we had to sing a song with a total stranger- he wasn’t doing it! What? My dare-devil husband will go 120 MPH on a motorcycle, but is scared to sing with a stranger? So that one was up to me. (And the two men we stopped to sing with us thought it was great!) I realized I am more comfortable with making a fool of myself than my husband I guess.:)

I thought this was such a fun way to spend an evening with friends. The competitive aspect got your adrenaline going. The risk factor of making a fool of yourself added to the fun too. And to top it off, sharing the stories of how we got our items and watching the videos was hilarious! It is amazing what some will do to win a scavenger hunt! Which by the way- Melissa and Jamie are the reigning chaps! Great job guys!!

Creating fun nights like this are good for a marriage! Click on the “Great Ideas!” page for our complete list and pictures of our scavenger hunt and then plan one for you and your friends! You’ll have so much fun! And isn’t marriage supposed to be fun!

Date Night!

Published January 28, 2012 by theprioritymale

By Jenna Raulerson

Recently as I was catching up on some of my favorite blog reads, I stumbled on a link to a blog called The writers there have put together a free E-book with twenty Ready-to-go Dates (link to that you can download and print, if you wish. I’m always looking for creative date ideas, so I took full advantage of this super easy and FREE opportunity.

When it comes to date night, my husband and I always have several interesting dilemmas. Most of them have been brought to light more since we’ve been married, which has only been for about a year. My idea of date nights always seems to be a little more laid back. For example, I would be perfectly happy taking a nice walk or eating at a cheesy hole-in-the-wall restaurant where our bill totaled $14. My sweet husband on the other hand is the exact opposite. For date night, he likes to get dressed up nice and head out to a fancy schmancy restaurant, order appetizers and a full huge dinner complete with leftovers.

Now, I’m not complaining! My man has great taste, and I’m quite blessed, but this type of dating is not easy on the wallet! That poses another dilemma.

Another problem that pops up on date night for two people with two different types of “dating taste” is the unfortunate grouchiness factor. This happened to us this past Saturday night. Owen works on weekends, so by Saturday night he is dead—-tired, but we don’t have much of an option as far as nights to choose from.

Our original plan was to use a Groupon I had bought for a new French fry only restaurant (this was already pushing it for Owen.) It was out-of-the-box, it was kitchy and it was pretty cheesy (literally). He was being a trooper though. When we got there, it was basically a roadside stand! We were STARVING, and the moods were quickly emerging. In an effort to salvage the night, I quickly let him pick a new restaurant for us to go to.

All-in-all it didn’t end up being the greatest date night ever, but I did learn several lessons.

  1. Planned (and well researched) date nights are the best!
  2. Don’t let one small glitch in the evening ruin your night.
  3. If you know it’s been a long day for you both, plan a date night that’s low-key!
  4. You can be ANYWHERE and be on a date!
  5. Find the humor in the French Fry Stand on the corner.

The “Ready-to-go Dates” E-book offers a great variety of dates for laid back and more upscale evenings, like camping-in, progressive dinner at your favorite restaurants, picnic in the park and mini golf. For our next few date nights, I will be turning to my handy print out for ideas on how to mix it up a bit!

The Dating Diva Experiment

Published January 24, 2012 by theprioritymale

The Dating Diva Experiment

By Chelsea Carr

Girly. Cutesy. Diva. These are not terms that I would typically use to describe myself. I grew up a tomboy, and even to this day, there are many days that I leave the house without a brush touching my unkempt locks. So when the ladies at work sent around this link , I was overwhelmed by the level of arts and crafts that would be involved in its execution, but I continued reading – and I am glad that I did.

See, my husband is great at surprises. He is notorious for making life events extra special. He gives great gifts, and I…well… am loyal and consistent. These are great qualities, but they don’t sound that exciting, right? The last thing I needed for the holidays season was another thing to heighten the holiday insanity, but I felt the weight of conviction and committed to the task.

The task: I was to make a card for each day of December counting down until Christmas.  Each card would include either a compliment, a service, or a fun activity.

Like I said earlier, none of the elements of this countdown really played into my strengths, but it really stretched me as a wife to get creative and to take action to put my husband’s needs or wants above my own.  And let me tell you, that man was surprised!  His mom told me later that he told her, “This is so NOT like Chelsea – and I’m loving it!” I am choosing to take that as a compliment. 😉

The result: This experience pushed me to be creative and put my husband first. I had to think, “What will make him happy?” or ,”What can I say or  to make sure he knows that I love and support him?”

After Lawson read the card of the day, they were put on display in the dining room, and towards the end, my husband came home and was overwhelmed by the fact that I had gone to the lengths that I had to make him feel special. As a result, I saw God use this “silly” holiday countdown to encourage my husband to strive to be the best husband and spiritual leader that he can be. My husband was changed by this experience, and now we are reading Wild at Heart by John Eldredge to explore further about who God has made him to be.

My encouragement to you: Don’t let yourself become complacent in your relationship with your husband. Finding new ways to encourage, surprise, and serve your husband has a strong impact on him, but also changes you.