In every relationship there comes a time when you have to ask, “What are we doing?” You could be meeting someone new, dating for a few years or already married for a decade and that seemingly little question always pops-up.
I find myself asking the very same question after being in a relationship for the last 3.5 years with my darling, Alex. This is especially after the parents didn’t take so kindly to having grand-cats and I don’t know how much longer we can hold them off until they realize Kiko is actually a 9-year-old Scottish Fold. We always look for the tentpole moments like the proposal, the ring, the wedding and the first child, but in the midst of looking for these milestones we forget about the little moments.
We are continuously creating little moments in our relationships that can take us down the path of greater things, but they are not to be skipped over. I cherish every second I spend with Alex whether we’re grocery shopping or taking transit rides, binge-watching a show on Netflix or even cuddling with our fur babies. With that said, of course I want to know what’s next but it’s the little moments that carry a relationship.
One of my favourite little moments with Alex is our Sunday quality time. Every Sunday, we relax in the morning, run some errands during the day, take a few hours to ourselves and come back for dinner and our television line-up. Every Sunday for the last 3.5 years, we have cooked for each other. We take turns on and off to take the moment to provide for one another and do something nice. The catch is that we cannot repeat a meal! You can imagine how packed our spice cabinet is and this doesn’t just start in the kitchen. The entire process of choosing the meal, shopping for the ingredients and cooking together is a part that we share, and I wouldn’t change it for anything.
I grew up with my parents doing pretty much everything together and since both Alex and I work full-time, it’s nice to have time to re-connect. When we run errands, it allows us to take that extra time to have new conversations and connect. We don’t own a car so running errands usually includes transit or renting a Car2Go. Having a car of our own would be a nice addition so we can travel further distances and just do more in general… we chat about adding that as a future expense, but it’s a much higher price-tag than a weekly Car2Go rental.
I mentioned our fur-babies and we love them like our own children. We have a lot of crazy memories with our cats and it’s where Alex and I connect on a much deeper level. They’re an extension of us and our relationship and frankly, are much cheaper than having kids. That is until you unfortunately get hit with unexpected vet bills at Christmas for $500.00 because having three cats can be chaotic… but at the end of the day, they’re worth it.
The everyday expenses Alex and I share have created those little moments in our relationship that we cherish so much. And whether it’s those everyday purchases (squash, anyone?) or the bigger, unexpected ones (cat owners know what I’m talking about), we make sure we’re prepared for whatever comes our way with Mastercard. They always have us covered! It’s our go-to form of payment which makes it an easy and stress-free way to take care of our day-to-day purchases. A bonus for when it turns out we need more squash than initially intended (this has happened more times than you’d expect)? Using our PC Optimum app at checkout and earning points as we pay. We actually get tailored offers and can use our points to save on our grocery bill.
What are your favourite little moments in your relationship? Share them with me in the comment section!
This post is sponsored by Mastercard but all opinions are my own.