Not only had we been quarantined in the house for a good while, but Ejuan’s job had given him the holiday off. Twenty years at this same place, and never had they observed MLK Day as a paid day off.
Several months back, I saw a meme going around with a romantically dressed up truck bed. It asked something like, “Would you go on a date like this?” I most certainly would! I planned to set this up for us a couple of times, but something would always cause me to reschedule. When I saw how warm the weather would be on that day, I knew it would be perfect to create the date.
Now that that’s out of the way let me tell you how this date went down. I initially wanted to surprise Ejuan, but I also wanted to ensure that he’d do something he was interested in too. The day before, I told him I was planning a date for us, and we needed his old school (it’s a ’72). I shared what my plans were, and while he was okay with everything, he just asked if we could get by the gun range before they closed. We talked back and forth about what we’d pack but didn’t get everything solidified. Therefore, Monday morning, we began to finalize ideas and started gathering items for our date.
I grabbed some of our large blankets and borrowed the boys’ sleeping bags. I layered the covers on the truck’s bed and had Ejuan grab some pillows from the backyard. We packed our cornhole boards and bags, jumbo dice for Farkle, chairs, extra throw blankets, my son’s Bluetooth speaker, our laptops (just in case we wanted to watch a show), and a picnic basket with snacks, sanitizer, wipes, and napkins. We were ready to spend a full day outside. We stopped by Starbucks to grab a cup of my favorite, and then made our way to the lake.
Ejuan backed in so that we’d have a view of the lake while we hung out. We chilled for about the first hour. We laid back, talked about our plans, enjoyed the breeze and nature, and visualized having more days like this in the future.
After we had relaxed, we decided it was time for some activities. The sun was out, and it had warmed up pretty nicely, so I came out of my jacket, and I was ready to play. We pulled out the cornhole game. We played a couple of games, and of course, I beat him. Yep, I’m athletic and competitive. If you didn’t know, now you know. I wanted to do something unique, so I suggested we order some food to be delivered. The closest place to the lake was Pizza Hut. Something told me this wouldn’t be their first delivery there, so Ejuan called to place an order. Sure enough, when the pizza and wings were delivered, they told us they come there often.
We took a break from playing and went back to the truck bed to have lunch. Even though I don’t eat pizza and shouldn’t be touching the cheese, it looked so good, so I had to get one bite! Ejuan and I ate until we were full, then we went back to our games. Once we’d had enough of cornhole, we put all of that away and grabbed the dice to play Farkle. Once again, I destroyed him. He’s a good sport, though. LOL! We packed everything away, grabbed my tripod, and headed out towards the water. We walked a little and took in more of the view, then stopped to snap some photos.
Right before we walked back to the truck, I spotted the ducks and got excited. I asked Ejuan to grab some of our crackers, and he jokingly said, “You’re not supposed to feed the animals.” They were leaving the bank, so I made a dash for the truck and snatched about five crackers from the picnic basket. I ran back just in time to get their attention with a few sprinkles I tossed out. The entire clan started coming for me, so I threw some pieces further out. They’re cute and all, but I definitely didn’t want to be surrounded by them. They were beautiful, and it made for a cool moment, and you already know…PICTURES!
We left the lake, went home to freshen up, and then made our way to the shooting range. It was one of my BEST shooting days! Ejuan was super duper proud. We spent about $35 on the date with the coffee and the pizza. We enjoyed our full day, and it was one of the most inexpensive and memorable dates we have ever had.
Until next time, I’ll leave you with this. Please don’t miss out on an opportunity to have time with your significant other because it’s not your ideal date location, or you don’t have the finances or can’t spend the amount you’d prefer. Learn to appreciate each moment you have together, and make the best out of every situation. You never know when that may be your last date, so make it the greatest. Ejuan and I love surprising each other, but if you and your spouse need to discuss the plans to make sure you’re on one accord, that’s okay too. Just be sure to include things that both of you will like, so each of you walks away satisfied. Now, get out there and date your spouse!
24 thoughts on “How to turn a truck bed into the best date ever!”
You guys are adorable. I enjoyed reading and watching over on IG. Tfs!
Aww, thanks so much. I appreciate your support.
What a perfect date day with your husband! And how lovely that his job let him have MLK day off paid! What a blessing. It’s so interesting to see how different countries do different things.
Here in the UK you hardly ever see a truck like yours so the thought of doing this here is almost none existent! 🤣
Yes, the date was one of the most memorable we’ve ever had. Wow, really, not many trucks around?! Now, that you mention it, I don’t remember seeing many if any there either. It’s crazy to think about because it’s normal where I live. That’s one of the things I love about traveling to other places; being exposed to things different from home.
You might be the cutest couple I’ve ever read about. This. Is. Awesome!
So sad we barely have trucks round here 🥲
Aww, you are too kind! Thanks so much! Wow, that’s the same thing Olivia said. Where are you located?
The Netherlands – we only have cars here that actually fit the roads and parking spots 😆
Oh yes! We’ve been to Amsterdam and those cars are pretty compact. Lots of small cars, bicycles and scooters. These big Texas trucks would be out of place there for sure, lol.
Sounds like an awesome time!
It was so much fun! Thank so much!
I love this inexpensive date! I am definitely looking forward to doing something like this, maybe the next warm day. Thanks Toni for the great ideas that you always share!
You’re welcome. Oh, and you have that cute little truck to do this with too, and some time before the warm weather comes to plan it really nicely!
I love this inexpensive date! I am definately looking forward to doing something like this. Maybe the next warm day. Thanks Toni for the great ideas that you always share!
Thanks so much!
Girl I love how creative you are after 20+ years of being together! This was soooo
cute!!!! I’m definitely going try this! I could see those ducks coming after you and you NOT being here for it! 🤣 I see you had your own “buss it” challenge you to end the date. 😜 Girl, you did that! #bullseye
Aww, thank you. We have to do something to keep it fresh! If you try it, please share some pictures with me. Nope, I was not here for the ducks like that at all. And LOL at the buss it challenge. I didn’t catch on at first until I saw the bullseye. LOLOLOLOL!
Aww this is such a cute and romantic date idea!!
Thank you so much! It was truly one of our best dates ever!
how creative & fun! we don’t have a truck, but I’ve considered doing this with our jeep and hanging stringed lights around it or something and have food and good conversation..
honestly this would be cute for valentines day
Yes, it should work in the jeep too! That would be so cute and definitely will work for Valentine’s Day.
Nice! I agree that we have to be creative. Looks like a really fun day out.
Thank you! Yes, we have to be creative after many years of being together. Also, dealing with things like the pandemic makes creativity important right now. We had a great time!