I knew right away that “This Kiss” was going to be the highlight for a blog post someday. Two people I love captured in a moment of pure bliss. Don’t-cha think every day should be this sweet? So in honor of the upcoming National Kissing Day on June 23rd, I have put together this list of ideas for how to celebrate with all your SKs, Sweethearts and Kids. Pucker Up, Buttercup.
My son completely cracked up looking over my shoulder as I was writing this post. I asked him what was so funny, expecting him to say the title and he said “Mom, that is really funny. I feel like half the time she is mad at him and half the time they look like this.” Wow, I’m thinking to myself… a 50/50 score on the Kiss-O-Meter is pretty good! How about Dad and I, I ask? How about Mimi and Papa? He freely shares his opinion and offers to give a score to anyone in the family I am curious about. Nice… now we have a 10-year-old Kiss-O-Meter baseline. Read my lips I think to myself…Game On.
Guide to Celebrating National Kissing Day
With Your Sweetheart
Step 1… Pur-fect Your Peck.
It suddenly occurs to me how odd it is that we will spend limitless hours learning to make a new recipe, detailing our car, or reading up on our hobbies, but rarely do we take any time at all to put our money, or our time, where our mouth is. Kissing is like anything else – it takes practice to score a “perfect 10” and I, for one, am willing to put in more training. Okay Honey, here’s our list of 20 kisses to master and 37 poses to try.
Step 2… Pair Up Together.
It goes without saying that feeling attracted to your partner, and seeing them in a new light, are both good ways to raise the romance in your life. Often this is the outcome of one person in the relationship making a change and the other person noticing. Maybe someone is dressing “up or different” for an event, or maybe they are getting in better shape, etc. I think if you want to double the zing, it’s important to make time to “Pair Up Together.” For example, try spending your dinner-out money on shopping for a new pair of shoes or sunglasses together instead for both of you. Then take a page from Cinderella’s book and give your partner a smooch as soon as “the shoe fits.” You are a master at it now, right?
Step 3… Kiss With Purpose.
Think about the things that you like to do and where you go to do them. I know that great kisses can take place in the laundry room, the garage and the grocery store, but they are about a 100x better and more likely to happen in a great locale. So where should you go to set the stage for your next epic kiss? Would you believe experienced professionals have already done the research? Here’s a link to the Best Places to Kiss in the Northwest and to the Top 10 Places to Kiss in the World. Personally, I think that light creates amazing ambiance. If you plan to show up at sunrise or sunset almost anywhere, you’re pretty much guaranteed a worthy opportunity to move the notch up on your Kiss-O-Meter!
Step 4… Art Plays a Part.
When we were first married, my husband and I used to go to these banquets where they would auction off gorgeous framed wildlife paintings. Even though it’s been years since we attended something like that, those pieces still hold a special place in our home and in our hearts. Another time we took a trip to Bend, Oregon where we both fell in love with these exquisite, iron candleholders. My parents ended up giving them to us as a surprise and still today they hang on our wall and create kiss-worthy memories. It’s been awhile since we have had the chance to pick out any type of art for our home together, but I would love to explore a gallery this summer with him and find something new to spark a National Kissing Day Kiss!
Step 5… His & Hers
As much fun as it is to do things together, I also think couples need room to pursue their own personal dreams and interests. This is a picture of the coffee cups we found in a hotel room we stayed at earlier this year. When I saw them, I remember thinking how much I like the “His & Hers” trend! It’s nice to be reminded that we are a couple sailing (and fastpitching) through life together, and also two unique beings making our way in this world. Etsy is filled with His & Her Findings, or Mr./Mr, Mrs./Mrs.
With Your Kids
Step 1… Share Your Animal Love
When our kids were little they loved the tradition of animal kisses before bed… the butterfly, polar bear (Eskimo), snake and rhino. They may have outgrown this stage now, but they still enjoy real animal experiences. National Kissing Day made me think it would be fun to visit one of the many Butterfly Exhibits in the Northwest, and of course sneak a couple of butterfly kisses in on my own kids while we are there. The Butterfly Pavilions in Elkton and at Rusk Ranch look promising, as does the Tropical Butterfly House at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle, WA. If you still have a little, little one, All Kinds of Kisses looks like a sweet book to try.
Step 2… Dessert First
On a weeknight whim this year, we stopped in to Market of Choice one evening only so that each of us could pick out our own fancy dessert to eat together. I’m not sure how everyone else felt, but it was a moment of “Family Romantic” in my mind. I think it’s a great way to celebrate National Kissing Day with the Kids, and I would choose the cheek to cheek European smooch to go with it.
Step 3… Get Fired Up
Occasionally, during our son’s baseball games, the boys will start chanting “Are you fired up?” and the same boys will answer “We are fired up!” It’s interesting to me that it doesn’t seem to matter whether they are up or down on the scoreboard, this ritual is more about the thrill of being in a game together. For added entertainment value, it’s often accompanied by 4th grade chest bumps and helmet pats. I saw the same “fired up” glow in our kids eyes last summer when we took them to a Seattle Sounders/Portland Timbers game for the first time. The energy in the stadium had us high-fiving our kids all night, and I remember them being happy enough to let us steal at least a kiss on their cheek. If you have a hope of getting your kids to give you the XOXOs, I think you’ve got to create opportunities for them to feel “fired up.”
Step 4… Recreate The Date
Presenting this idea to your kids as an “option” is probably a sure way to get turned down. That said, I think that re-creating your first date with your partner (and including the kids this time!) is a really fun idea. No matter how much they “ick and awe” everyone enjoys a good love story, even the little ones. It doesn’t matter if you had a super glamorous start to your relationship or a divey diner experience, I believe children need to see what “real-life” love is and feels like. When you “recreate your date” make sure to let the kids snap a pic of the kiss!
Step 5… Wish Under a Waterfall
Okay, it doesn’t exactly have to be under a waterfall (but maybe it’s not a half-bad idea either?). I do believe that kisses and wishes go well together. Cue the Disney music. Taking your kids to a special spot to make a wish and share a kiss is a fun way to spend a day! As kids growing up, we used to have that moment at a place we call Weber’s Point, Scout Lake. We’ve also done it around the campfire at our local sailing club, while taking in the beauty of a starlit night (once with floating lanterns!).
Hope everyone gets a lot of “practice” in this week.