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As you guys know, we post every month about outings and activities that you and your spouse (or spouse to be) can participate in. We are also going to start posting (again) about what some of these experiences are actually like in reality. You guessed it! Date Night Adventures has returned! In an effort to start off with a bang, I packed up my gear…ok, my iPhone….and headed out to Lake Charles, Louisiana’s first annual Pizza Fest!

I’ll admit, early on I was a bit skeptical about the premise of a pizza fest. We have a few pizzerias here that are local standards (here’s to you, Mr. Gatti’s) and I’ll admit I frequent some of the chains more than I should. So what would the hype even be? But it was Saturday and the beau and I needed to get out of the house. The weather wasn’t ideal for an outdoor event, but the rain held off. Despite the clouds and the slightly aggressive breeze (that kept trying to steal all my napkins), I didn’t need anything more than a light pullover. The event was held in the parking lot behind Sloppy’s Downtown and the shops in it’s vicinity. It was the perfect size for the ebb and flow of the event. It was open entry, but the food was available at different prices: $3 got you a slice of pizza, $10 got you a wristband that included 2 drinks and 5 slices, and adult beverages were available for $5. I had worked up an appetite so I sprung for the wristband.  I wasn’t going to be greedy alone so I got my other half a wristband too.

Available to try were choices from Sloppy’s, On the Rocks, Cici’s, and the newcomer Mellow Mushroom. Notably absent were Little Ceasar’s and Mr. Gatti’s. While the supply wasn’t bottomless and there were some long waits for fresh pizza to be brought back out, the selection was enough to make sure we didn’t go more than 30 minutes without some cheesy, gooey goodness to bite into. I didn’t realize until it was over, but there was actually a voting process on who’s pizza was the best. I was fully occupied and probably wouldn’t have been able to cast an unbiased vote anyway. It was all delicious if you ask me. The time went by pretty fast, as we were busy rocking out to all of the live bands and taking in art and jewelry from all the local vendors. There was a live mural painting (pizza themed, of coursed) as well as fun jumps and games for the little ones in attendance. I was so tickled by all the toddlers dancing that we’d been out there for about four hours!

All in all, I was thoroughly impressed with Pizza Fest. For a first year event it was great and I can’t wait to see what it grows into! My only problem is I think maybe it should be semi-annual. Or am I just being greedy again? Not quite sure, but make sure you check it out next year and see if Mellow Mushroom maintains the Pizza crown for the Lake Area!

We are all on the go so much now. Work, family, friends, worship and repeat. Add in planning a wedding and it’s easy to see how you can you can lose track of time and even people! Just yesterday it was January 1st and now we’re planning for Christmas, it seems.

While such a jammed packed schedule has become the way of life for most, it’s important that we don’t let our obligations keep us from those we love most, especially spouses or spouses-to-be. Date nights are more important than people realize. They help solidify the bond that you have created and allow time for you to remember each other as people and not just “husband/provider/protector” or “wife/helpmate/mom”.

Now that you’ve decided on getting all dressed up and hitting the town, what’s there to do? Well, thankfully for those of us in Southwest Louisiana, there’s never a dull moment around here! There are lots of options for entertainment to fit just about any couple’s interests and budgets.

1.Take a Class:
One of the most wonderful things about Louisiana is the role art plays in our culture. While it doesn’t run in everyone’s genes, there are some great local spots that provide the chance to awaken your inner Picasso.

WATERCOLOR CLASSES by Sue Zimmerman
November 7, 2017 – Recurring weekly on Tuesday until December 19, 2017
Times: From: 09:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Gallery by the Lake
Address: 106 West Pryce St. Lake Charles, LA Lake Charles

PAINTING WITH A TWIST
Prices vary by night, but they have tons of great offerings in November.
Nov 16: “A KING IS BORN”

Nov 20: “NUTCRACKER”

Nov 25: “PAINT YOUR OWN BLUE DOG”

Paint Studio #16
4421 Nelson Rd
Lake Charles, LA 70605

 

2. Enjoy the Art (instead of making it)
There are some great exhibits going up in SWLA and now’s a great time to grab you fiancé and maybe get some ideas for that future home!

Walnut Grove INSTITUTE ART EXHIBIT: Kim Allison-Hebert & Sarah Trahan
November 7, 2017 – Recurring daily until November 25, 2017
Times: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: Walnut Grove Post Office
Address: 1490 Market Street Lake Charles, LA 70601

JONATHAN MOORE EXHIBIT
November 7, 2017 – Recurring weekly on Mon., Tues., Wednes., Thurs., Fri. until November 22, 2017
Times: M-F 9:00AM to 5:00PM Saturday by appointment
Location: Black Heritage Gallery,  809 Kirby Street, Ste. 207 (In the Central School Arts & Humanities Center) Lake Charles, LA 70601
Phone: (337) 488-0567

 

3. Get in the Game
It’s that time of year! Football is in full swing, basketball is just getting underway and the weather is perfect to be outdoors.

MCNEESE FOOTBALL vs. NORTHWESTERN STATE
November 11 6 PM at Cowboy Stadium

MCNEESE MEN’S BASKETBALL
November 13 7:00 PM at Burton Coliseum (v. Ecclesia College)

November 22 3:30PM at Burton Coliseum (v. Champion Christian College)

November 25 at 3:00 PM at Burton Coliseum (v. Southern University New Orleans)

MCNEESE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
November 12 2:00 PM at Burton Coliseum (v. Southern University New Orleans)

November 19 2:00 PM at Burton Coliseum (v. LSU-A)

November 22 at 1:00 PM at Burton Coliseum (v. Grambling)

 

4. Get Into the Holiday Spirit
Christmas is rapidly approaching and there’s a few date night ideas that will help make you both merry!

MOSCOW BALLET’S GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER
November 10, 2017
Times: From: 07:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Location: Lake Charles Civic Center
Address: 900 Lakeshore Dr, Lake Charles, LA 70601
Phone: 1-800-745-3000
Admission: Tickets start at $28.00

Crave Gourmet’s “HOLIDAY PAIRING AND SHARING”
November 11, 2017 – Recurring weekly on Saturday until December 23, 2017
Times: From noon – 3 p.m.
Location: Crave
Address: 2801 Ryan Street, Suite 100 Lake Charles, LA 70601
Phone: (337) 421-0040
Admission: FREE

November is clearly jam packed and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. You can check with the Arts & Humanities Council, The Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and the Central School for more ideas and events.

Let us know what fun Date Night Adventures you had this month in the comments below – Happy dating!

 

Date night adventures Lake Charles,La - September 2015Please tell me I am not the only one in shock at how fast this year is flying by? I am blessed to have friends from all over the United States, and it is such a tease to see that they are already posting photos of autumn leaves on social media! All the same, I am so thankful to welcome September this year and hopefully some cooler weather for the Lake Area very soon. As the weather gets a little less warm (or ridiculously hot), we have compiled some great date night adventures for you all to get out and participate in this month!

1. Beginning Watercolor by Theresa Dewey – Okay, I’ll admit I’m an artist at heart so these opportunities to get creative stick out to me! This opportunity in particular sounds like a fun way to get creative with no pressure as local artist, Theresa Dewey, gives a beginning introduction into watercolor. If you aren’t usually an artistic couple, this is a great way to step out of your usual “box” and try something new together!

When – Recurring weekly on Tuesdays, upcoming dates September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Where – Gallery by the Lake – 106 West Pryce St, Lake Charles, LA
Contact – alaartists@yahoo.com
More information – http://lakecharlesartists.com/

2. McNeese Faculty/Guest Artists Series: Lina Morita, piano and Lin He, violin – For a relaxing weekday evening date, why don’t you and your favorite someone stop by McNeese to catch a piano and violin performance? I am always so impressed by musicians. I know they spend hours upon hours practicing and perfecting their craft, but it still blows me away to watch them perform in person! This seems like the perfect date to follow up with a dinner date out on the town.

When – Thursday, September 3, 2015
Time – Starting at 7:30 pm
Where – McNeese State University – Department of Performing Arts
Tritico Theatre – 4205 Ryan St, Lake Charles, LA

Cost – Free
More information – http://www.mcneese.edu/performingarts/performing_arts_calendar

3. Calca-Chew Food Festival – What a great way to get in touch with the French heritage of the Lake Area! The Calca-Chew Food Festival is an alcohol free festival featuring yummy Louisiana favorites like boudin, etouffee, jambalaya, and fried fish, dancing, a live and a silent auction.

When – Sunday, September 27, 2015
Time – 7:00 am – 3:00 pm
Where – St. Margaret Family Life Center – 2500 Enterprise Blvd, Lake Charles, LA 70601
Cost – Free
Contact – mrothermel@suddenlinkmail.com or (337) 439-4585
More information – http://www.stmargaretcatholicchurch.com
 

4. Sax in the City: Dinner & Concert This event is another opportunity to enjoy some good music and enjoy dinner out – but this time all in one place! This event will be featuring Grammy-nominated Mickey Huber Smith, Jr. and Lafayette sax-sensation JB Saax and Friends, and it will be a tribute to the elements earth, wind and fire.

When – Sunday, September 27, 2015
Time – Catered dinner at 5:30 pm and concert at 7:00 pm
Where – Chateau du Calcasieu, 932 Enterprise Blvd, Lake Charles, LA 70601
Cost – $30 (must be purchased in advance – includes preferred seating, dinner and the show); general admission (6:30 pm at the door) is $15 (does not include a meal); tickets can be purchased at Swicegood Music – 308 E. Prien Lake Rd and Bearden’s Music – 202 Cities Service Hwy
More information – http://www.usa-links.com/mickeysmithjr/

 

 

I can’t wait to see which date night adventures you will be adding to your calendar for September! What other date night adventures do you have planned?

I am going to be honest and say we have been having a lot of mini dates this month as we just got back from Washington D.C. a few days back and my husband prepares for another business trip. Most of our dates have been visiting local restaurants that we haven’t eaten at before, which has been both delicious and fun! But this date night takes the cake! It was a totally different experience to work together to prepare our meal.

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The Culinary Date
Here is a quick run down of the Culinary Date….
If you are both foodies, you likely won’t need much prompting to give the Culinary Date a shot. If, however, one of you is a stranger to the kitchen, you may be a little reluctant. In that case, whoever is more experienced may need to serve  as a mentor of sorts to the other. As long as that mentoring is given and received with a good attitude, you shouldn’t have a problem. You’ll find that cooking together involves no small amount of cooperation and teamwork. The Culinary Date should give you a pretty good idea of how well the two of you work together. (“Set The Scene” excerpt from 52 Uncommon Dates by Randy Southern, pg. 113)

Before your Culinary Date, spend some time in prayer together. Thank God for the abundance of His blessings. Thank Him for supplying your needs every day and ask Him to help you maintain a spirit of gratitude for what you’ve been given, ask Him to bless and watch over those who don’t know where their next meal is coming from, and that He bless your efforts to work as a team – during the Culinary Date and beyond. (“Take It To God” excerpt from 52 Uncommon Dates by Randy Southern, pg. 116)

You can take your Culinary Date in one of a couple different directions. The first option is to prepare and enjoy a meal together. Obviously, the meal should require a little more effort than opening a jar of tomato sauce and a box of angel hair pasta. Beyond that, though, you can decide how complicated or time intensive you want your meal preparation to be. After you’ve decided on a menu lineup – appetizers, main dish, side dishes, and dessert – come up with a plan of attack. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

1. Do the shopping together – there are no solo ventures where this meal is concerned. Every step along the way should be taken together.

2. Work as a team until the job is done. This is not a place for the more kitchen-savvy of the two of you to do all the substantial work while the other person is relegated to table-setting duty.

3. Do the cleanup work together. Remember, the date doesn’t end when the food is consumed. Cleanup time is a great time for conversation. If you are married, how would your household change if you started doing daily tasks together? Other questions you can discuss might be: What qualities did God see in us when He decided that we would make a good team? What are some of the challenges we face when it comes to working together?

Option two is to enroll in a one-day cooking class together.  The Get Your Kitchen in Shape healthier cooking class hosted by the Nutrition and Food Science Program at McNeese State University is offered two classes this month (July 11 and 18 from 5:30-8:30 pm). But keep an eye out for more classes coming up here.
(“Make It Happen” excerpt from 52 Uncommon Dates by Randy Southern, pg. 114-115)

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Our first stop was the grocery store. A tip I highly suggest, is bringing your recipe along with you so you make sure you do not miss anything. We decided to cook vegan lasagna, which is something I have cooked before for our family but I have never had my husband help me.  Even though I have cooked this recipe a few times before, I needed the recipe along with me to make sure I didn’t overlook simple ingredients that we were just out of (which has happened too many times to count!)

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We started off preheating the oven, prepping the ingredients for the lasagna and making the salad. One of the reasons I chose this dish is, although I have cooked it many times before, it is quite a process – especially when I make it with fresh ingredients instead of frozen. (I am a mom of two little ones, so I have figured out  how to shorten the cooking time of our meals!) Our game plan was to assign jobs according to our strengths. My husband makes salad for us every other day, so he made us a beautiful (and delicious) salad. I got the veggies cut and started assembling the ingredients in their appropriate layers. Then, a special treat – my husband steamed the veggies, which is something I never take the time to do but really made a difference in the finished product! Another star of our meal was the Abita Root Beer. When we were in Washington D.C. last week we tried a homemade root beer from a local restaurant there (Capitol City Brewing Company – delish!), and when my husband saw this Louisiana made version at our local grocery store he had to give it a go!

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The meat and potatoes…if you will. As I mentioned, this date was definitely a fun experience for us! We rarely cook together, and even more rarely are we cooking as a team. It is nice to have an opportunity to work together and produce a delicious finished product. To be honest, this was the most delicious vegan lasagna made in our house hold to date and I think that has a lot to do with the fun experience we had. One of the definite bonuses of cooking with my husband was he made sure all of the dishes were washed as we were cooking. It is such a relief to eat your meal and look at an empty sink when you finish! It is always nice for my husband to see how much work goes into cooking a detailed meal like this one. Both of these things, help us appreciate one another so much more and this time we got to spend working together.

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So my dad loved to cook. He loved to watch cooking shows and experimenting in the kitchen on his days off. One of the number one things my dad taught me about cooking was to follow the recipe 100% the first time you cook a dish (how else will you know what you like and what you don’t??) After that you can can tweak the recipe and change it to suit your own tastes. That is exactly what I have done with this vegan lasagna recipe. Over the two years or so of me cooking it, I have tweaked it to suit my families taste. So for this post, I will share both the original recipe and our personal tweaks!

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If you tried the Culinary Date (or would you like to) let us know what you ended up making and how it turned out! Does this recipe look like something you would like to try and make for yourself, or your family? We look forward to reading your comments and checking out your favorite recipes!

Does it get any better? Last month’s Date Night Adventures pretty much topped the charts! I mean, a surprise proposal AND Johnnyswim! But yes. It does get better! This month we are mixing it up and we have some fun in store for all of you adventurous date nighters. Get prepared for some awesome local events that you will want to check out, plus some stay-at-home adventures as well. The cherry on top – we have a free Date Night Calendar printout for you to download the end of this post!

Ready? Let’s get into it!

1. Laser Tag – Did you know there was a Laser Tag in Lake Charles? The USS Orleck Naval Museum is hosting this laser tag event once a week throughout July. The calendar hasn’t been set yet on their website yet, but I think this is something fun to keep in mind when you are planning your date night this month! They do have public (open) play listed on their site on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 pm – 8 pm, prices for that listed below.

When – Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Where – USS Orleck Naval Museum – 604 N. Enterprise Blvd. Lake Charles, LA 70601
Cost – $7 for a 12 minute game, $20 for 3 games, and $25 for 4 games
Other info – Must wear closed toe shoes, parties are subject to cancellation due to severe weather, and you must sign a waiver.

2. Red, White, Blue and You! – If you are feeling a little festive and would like to get out and celebrate Independence Day this July 4th, we recommend checking out this free annual event! The schedule for the evening is as follows:
6:00 pm – Street Parade Downtown Ryan Street
6:30 pm – Bluegrass Music by Market Blue (Civic Center Outdoor Amphitheatre)
8:00 pm – Lake Charles Community Band with the Louisiana Choral Foundation & Friends: Salute to Armed Forces (Civic Center Outdoor Amphitheatre)
9:15 pm – Fireworks Over The Lake

When – Saturday, July 4
Time – Fun starts at 6:00 pm
Where – Downtown Lake Charles
Other info – Food booths will be available on site and event t-shirts will be for sale for $5. Anyone interested in joining in the parade please contact Denise Fasske at 337-491-9159.

3. LC Symphony & First Federal Bank of Louisiana present: Cirque de la Symphonie – Cirque de la Symphonie is a new production formed to bring the magic of cirque (like the circus but better) to the music hall. Artists include aerial flyers, acrobats, contortionists, dancers, jugglers, balancers, and strongmen. Each artist’s performance is professionally choreographed to classical masterpieces and popular contemporary music in collaboration with the maestro and a live symphony orchestra. This sounds like so much fun! They have tables available where you and a group can enjoy the show together, with options for dinner included. Mr. Gatti’s pizza is also available for $10 for medium pepperoni or medium vegetarian – but this must be pre-ordered from their site.

When – Saturday, July 11
Time – 11:00 am  – 7:00 pm
Where – Lake Charles Civic Center (Sports Facility) – 900 LakeShore Dr. LC, LA 70601
Cost – Riser seats are $25 for adults, $15 for students and 6 years and under are free, individual reserved table seats on floor are $50 and a reserved table of 8 is $400. Premium seating is also available starting at tables of 8 at $1,000 and this includes food, drinks and adult beverages.

That’s all the local events we are highlighting this month, but you can find more Lake Area events by visiting the City of Lake Charles Tourist Bureau website!

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Okay, I am excited to mix things up a bit this month and introduce one of my new favorite books, 52 Uncommon Dates by Randy Southern. I have mentioned before that my hubby and I have a default date – dinner and a movie. There is nothing wrong with dinner and a movie (we always have a great time), but there isn’t ever really much thought behind it. So I was so excited to stumble across this little book that is packed with creative date night ideas! In fact, there are enough ideas in here for you to have a date night every week for a whole year!

There are three main things I absolutely LOVE about this book:
1. The dates are out of the box! They make you get out there and do something new, fun, or different.
2. Each date has a few pages of steps to walk you through planning and executing. The book gives you a good idea of what to expect on the date, as well as information on how to execute the date and best promote quality time together. It wraps up with 2 or 3 questions to discuss and reflect on your date.
3. It helps you focus on growing closer to the Lord first, and in the process growing closer together as a couple. Each date has a section called “Take It To God” where you read the Word and pray together before your date. There are also a list of scriptures you can look up and read together as well.

I’ve selected two date night suggestions from the 52 Uncommon Dates book for you to check out this month. We already have The Culinary Date penciled in on our date night calendar!

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The Culinary Date
If you are both foodies, you likely won’t need much prompting to give the Culinary Date a shot. If, however, one of you is a stranger to the kitchen, you may be a little reluctant. In that case, whoever is more experienced may need to serve  as a mentor of sorts to the other. As long as that mentoring is given and received with a good attitude, you shouldn’t have a problem. You’ll find that cooking together involves no small amount of cooperation and teamwork. The Culinary Date should give you a pretty good idea of how well the two of you work together. (“Set The Scene” excerpt from 52 Uncommon Dates by Randy Southern, pg. 113)

Before your Culinary Date, spend some time in prayer together. Thank God for the abundance of His blessings. Thank Him for supplying your needs every day and ask Him to help you maintain a spirit of gratitude for what you’ve been given, ask Him to bless and watch over those who don’t know where their next meal is coming from, and that He bless your efforts to work as a team – during the Culinary Date and beyond. (“Take It To God” excerpt from 52 Uncommon Dates by Randy Southern, pg. 116)

You can take your Culinary Date in one of a couple different directions. The first option is to prepare and enjoy a meal together. Obviously, the meal should require a little more effort than opening a jar of tomato sauce and a box of angel hair pasta. Beyond that, though, you can decide how complicated or time intensive you want your meal preparation to be. After you’ve decided on a menu lineup – appetizers, main dish, side dishes, and dessert – come up with a plan of attack. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
1. Do the shopping together – there are no solo ventures where this meal is concerned. Every step along the way should be taken together.

2. Work as a team until the job is done. This is not a place for the more kitchen-savvy of the two of you to do all the substantial work while the other person is relegated to table-setting duty.

3. Do the cleanup work together. Remember, the date doesn’t end when the food is consumed. Cleanup time is a great time for conversation. If you are married, how would your household change if you started doing daily tasks together? Other questions you can discuss might be: What qualities did God see in us when He decided that we would make a good team? What are some of the challenges we face when it comes to working together?

Option two is to enroll in a one-day cooking class together.  The Get Your Kitchen in Shape healthier cooking class hosted by the Nutrition and Food Science Program at McNeese State University is offering two classes this month (July 11 and 18 from 5:30-8:30 pm). You can find out more here.
(“Make It Happen” excerpt from 52 Uncommon Dates by Randy Southern, pg. 114-115)

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The Jigsaw Puzzle Date – The words Jigsaw Puzzle Date by themselves may not conjure up visions of romance and excitement. But when you add words like “next to a warm fireplace” or “with your favorite romantic music playing in the background,” the possibilities become a little clearer. Piecing together a jigsaw puzzle lends itself both to engaging conversations and comfortable silences. If you come prepared with a few discussion-starter ideas, you may be surprised where your conversation takes you. (“Set The Scene” excerpt from 52 Uncommon Dates by Randy Southern, pg. 93-94)

Before your Jigsaw Puzzle Date, spend some time in prayer together. Married couples can thank God for combining the individual pieces of your two lives and joining them together to create a unified whole. Ask the Lord to help you come up with some memorably effective discussion starters; to guide your conversation so you’ll be able to learn more about each other; to work as a team toward a common goal: completing the puzzle. (“Take It To God” excerpt from 52 Uncommon Dates by Randy Southern, pg. 96)

The more effort you put into your Jigsaw Puzzle Date, the more you and your significant other will get out of it. Here are a few tips to consider:
1. Create a great atmosphere. Clear off a table at the house with plenty of room for your puzzle, get some fresh flowers or candles, get some yummy snacks and romantic music.  Make it an experience that you won’t want to forget.

2. Learn from each other as you work together. Do you have differing methods for working puzzles? If so, talk about them. Does your puzzle-working style reveal something about you – say, that you have a strong preference for organization and orderliness? Talk about that, too. See how much you can learn about each other before the puzzle is done.

3. Be prepared to keep the conversation flowing. Before the date, brainstorm a few topics or questions you can use as needed to guide your conversation. For example, you might ask, “Was there ever a time when you felt that your life was in pieces – and that you couldn’t see the big picture to put things back together again?” Be prepared with your own example to break the ice. If you need to use note cards as prompts, don’t be embarrassed, your date will be flattered that you put such effort into the evening.

4. Don’t let the puzzle get in the way of a good evening. There’s no dating law that says you have to finish the puzzle. (“Make It Happen” excerpt from 52 Uncommon Dates by Randy Southern, pg. 94-95)

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We want to hear all about your Date Night Adventures! Tag us on Instagram @louisianawedding while you are out on your Date Night Adventure. Did you, or do you plan on, adding one of these Date Night Adventures to your calendar this month? Leave a comment below and tell us what you think!

 

Okay, I don’t know if it is fair to call this post a Date Night Adventure since I actually ended up stopping by with my kiddos. My husband was busy photographing a baseball tournament, so the kids and I decided to go check out the last Downtown at Sundown. As I mentioned in our Date Night suggestion post for June, the featured band was Rusty Metoyer and the Zydeco Krush. We have worked a few events with them and can honestly say they never disappoint! One day I am going to get them to teach my husband and I how to zydeco dance (what kind of Louisiana-ians are we?)

Lake-Charles-Downtown-at-Sundown-JuneThe event was PACKED! People who came prepared had their own chairs, and those who wanted to be a bit more mobile filled up the Clerk of Court front steps. There were many couples dancing together in front of the stage – just having a good ol’ time! In addition to the good music, there were vendor booths, food and drinks, face painting, and ample opportunities to socialize.

Rusty-Metoyer-and-the-Zydeco-Krush-TademyAmongst all the fun everyone was having already, we were blessed to witness a surprise wedding proposal right on stage! The groom called his future bride-to-be up to the stage while he explained that he brought her all the way from Charlotte, North Carolina to the event, and got down on one knee asking her to be his wife. Without hesitation, she said YES! It was such a beautiful moment to witness!

Downtown-at-Sundown-Lake-Charles-proposalThe next Date Night Adventure we have on the books is the Johnnyswim concert on June 25. This ends up landing right in the middle of some beautiful summer weddings for us, so I suspect a date night will be just what we need! We already have our tickets (you can get yours here)! Will we see you there?

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When I began brainstorming Date Night Adventures a couples Painting with a Twist was really high on my list! I have participated in painting classes twice previously (with my mom and sisters), but I have always wanted to get my husband in on the fun. The problem was, for whatever reason, every guy I talked to would associate Painting with a Twist to a girly hangout thing. So we basically went into this Date Night Adventure with three goals:

Goal #1 – Have the best Date Night Adventure to date!
Goal #2 – Show these guys how much fun painting actually is 😉
Goal #3 – Host an awesome Date Night for other awesome Lake Area couples!

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Okay some quick background information…Leroy and I have been married for almost 5 years. Our “default date night” is a trip to the movie theater (with popcorn!) and sometimes dinner. So this date night was new and different for us! One of the absolute best parts for me, was that we actually had to work together as a team to complete this painting. We were each given a blank canvas to paint on as our awesome instructors (Lilly & Brandon) helped us every step of the way. While we each painted our own canvas, we had to be very thoughtful about matching our painting styles, lines, and overlapping parts of our painting. At the end our separate paintings actually made one beautiful final portrait once they were placed side by side.

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Leroy and a few of the other guys in the class, were very vocal about being a bit intimidated…mostly because painting isn’t naturally “their thing.” Leroy even told me that he was afraid his painting would turn out like a “fourth grade drawing.” But, at the end, every single one of them actually said that they had so much fun and were so surprised at how well their paintings turned out! In fact, all of them said they look forward to attending again!

Painting With a Twist - Lake Charles

One of our biggest goals at The Louisiana Wedding blog is to encourage the building of strong marriages and relationships. As this blog grows we are so excited (and thankful) to get to reach new couples online, but nothing compares to actually getting out and meeting some awesome new Lake Area couples in person!

Painting With a Twist - Lake CharlesWe look forward to hosting not only another Painting with a Twist date night (very soon!), but other local date night adventures as well! Keep a look out for future events and/or sign up here to get VIP notice of what we are up to (plus other goodies)! In the meantime, you can check the Painting With A Twist – Lake Charles monthly calendar to see what fun painting events they have coming up.

Painting With a Twist - Lake Charles Date Night Adventure

Painting With A Twist – Lake Charles is located at 4421 Nelson Rd, Lake Charles, LA 70605 in the Market Basket shopping center. You can reach them by phone (337) 478-0955 or by e-mail at lakecharles@paintingwithatwist.com.

 

You know you need a date night when the thought of a date night seems like so much work. Today, we are sharing a “Throwback” date night from a few months back when we took a day trip to Lafayette, LA to watch the Air1 Positive Hits Tour! After a busy few weeks, it was definitely time for Leroy and I to hit the town! We dropped the kiddos off and made our way an hour down the interstate to Crossroads Church in Lafayette. (Shout out to Crossroads and all of the volunteers who worked so hard to make everything run super smoothly for a first night run!!)

Leroy and I are regular Air1 listeners. In fact, anytime our radio is on we are listening to Air1. We sing along to many of the great Christian songs that Air1 plays all day, and honestly, I just could not wait to sing along to all these songs and get to see the artists perform in person! We were not disappointed! In fact, this was officially the best concert I have ever been to. Nothing beats worshiping with some awesome artist and singing to Jesus.

It helped that my date was super handsome and bought me an Air1 t-shirt + Jamie Grace autographed our daughters cd 😉

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First artist up was OBB. An awesome band of brothers – Zach (oldest/lead singer), Jacob (middle brother/guitar), and Nich (youngest/drums) Oswald.

Our favorite songAll Eyes On You from their upcoming album Bright Side which releases on September 30, 2014.

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Next up was Moriah Peters. She did awesome and her girls are most definitely talented musically as well as they jumped from instrument to instrument.
They did have some first night technical difficulties when the girls came out in the audience to sing, but they made it work.
Our favorite songYou Carry Me from her new album Brave.

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Then there was Leroy’s favorite of the night because of their top level energy, Rapture Ruckus. They travelled all the way from New Zealand to be apart of the Air1 Positive Hits Tour!
Our favorite songIn This Together

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Next up was Royal Tailor. I think the iTunes description from their newest self-titled album explains them best: “versatile, uplifting, and contemporary mix of rock and dance-pop with a little sleek rap.” We were excited to see them perform because our children (3 years and 11 months) walk around the house singing one of their newest songs! (In fact…in the middle of typing this my kids and I had to stop and have a “Ready, Set, Go” Dance Break via the SoundCloud application on their website.)
Our favorite songsReady, Set, Go (featuring Capitol Kings) and Remain

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After that we were mellowed out by the awesome vocal skills of Jonathan Thulin. I’m going to let ya’ll know that Leroy has a favorite song…when it comes on he turns it up nearly all the way and sings like no one else is around him…and that song happens to be “Architecture” by Jonathan Thulin. We were surprised to find out that Jonathan is actually originally from Sweden and he is only a few months younger than me. He is amazingly talented!
Our favorite songsArchitecture  and Dead Come To Life

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Last performance of the night was reserved for the one and only Jamie Grace. Our family are definitely Jamie Grace fans so we were super excited to have the opportunity to take a photo with her and get her to autograph her newest album for our daughter. Jamie was definitely the person who left the biggest impression on my heart from this concert. I love that she isn’t afraid to let you know she is madly in love with Jesus and that He deserves all the praise and worship. She knows she is looked up to by younger girls and she takes that opportunity to direct them to the love of Christ. Pure awesome. We popped her newest CD in our car stereo on the way home and I can’t foresee it being taken out anytime soon.
Our favorite songsBeautiful DayDo Life BigTo Love You Back

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This date night was one for the record books! What date night adventures did you and your favorite have this month? Feel free to comment below!

 

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