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Cortes: What's up, y'all?
Alisha: Hey, guys.
Cortes: Say hey, Val.
Alisha: Say hey, Valerie.
Cortes: You gotta look over here. Hey!
Alisha: There you go.
Cortes: So it's Cortes and Alisha.
Cortes: And Valerie and Leah, we didn't forget about her either. And we're sitting here chilling. I just got home from work. Having some fun family time. We made a little play mat over here.
Alisha: Her play area. She's pretty much, she's taken over the entire living room so.
Cortes: Your little play area, baby girl. Took over the whole living room.
Alisha: This whole space is pretty much hers.
Cortes: There's toys over there. She got – playing The Lion Guard on TV – so yeah, baby girl. So this is what we typically do after we get off work. We all just sit around together in the living room and play and have some family time. Isn't that right, baby girl? Yay!
Cortes: But tonight is a fun night for me and the wife.
Cortes: Yup, it is date night.
Alisha: Date night.
Cortes: Date night.
Alisha: Y'all caught us on date night.
Cortes: Date night! Why you reaching for the camera?
Alisha: It's, like, one of our ways to kind of keep our marriage fun and young, like we're still in our 20s, trying to keep that going.
Cortes: Really, we just try to spend some time with each other, so our whole lives just aren't dominated by Val and work.
Cortes: You know, we're still married so we like to spend time talking to each other.
Alisha: Keep it fresh.
Cortes: Whoa. Since we have Val and she's not old enough to where she could just sit next to us and not go cray cray, we can't really go out all the time. So we like to have date night at the house. Isn't that right, babe?
Alisha: Yup. Like, our own little date night.
Cortes: Yup. So we usually put her down and then we'll cook dinner together, we'll have some wine because she sleeps, so we could do that. So we'll have some wine and we'll watch a movie, have some cuddle time. Really just sit around and lounge around by each other and talk and catch up.
Alisha: Valerie is asleep, which means date night is in full effect. You ready, babe?
Cortes: I'm ready to get some drink.
Alisha: Oh, some alcohol?
Alisha: Yeah, we got some wine earlier. I probably haven't had wine in, like, forever. It feels like it's been forever.
Cortes: Well, it's been a little over a week.
Alisha: Yeah, so wine to start off our little date night and then I went ahead –
Cortes: Which one? The bubbly one or the non-bubbly one?
While he was putting Valerie down for bed I went ahead and, like, got our living room back together. So it's back to looking pretty normal. I went ahead and put this table back in its place and moved all her stuff back to over there. And because it is a cold night – I'm so excited about the cold weather – but since it is a cold night, we have lit the fireplace, giving all kinds of, like, cozy date night vibes. My favorite.
And you can't forget the candle as well. I have a candle lit. It is from White Barn and it is the scent cinnamon spiced vanilla. You guys, it smells so good. It smells like cake, like a cinnamon cake. It smells amazing and it makes you hungry, but it's pretty amazing.
Cortes: The menu for tonight: We have some Italian sausage and rigatoni. Pasta for two.
Alisha: Don't judge us, y'all. Like, we are tired.
Cortes: We're tired. We have no time.
Alisha: It's been a long day.
Cortes: Yes, yes, it would be cheaper to buy all these ingredients, but we don't got time for that. And a certain somebody doesn't do leftovers.
Alisha: If it was a weekend it'd be different. We actually would go all out and like cook like a full-course meal and stuff like that.
Cortes: Because we can cook, like, in the middle of the day. So usually I'll cook in the middle of the day. I'll, like, grill or I'll cook, like, something from scratch, but it's during the week we have work.
Alisha: And it's, like, 8:30 at night.
Cortes: Yes, exactly it is. Take what you can get.
Alisha: Let me go ahead and get this Italian sausage.
Cortes: She can't say "sausage."
Alisha: Babe, stop.
Cortes: She can't say "sausage," y'all. So instead of saying "sausage," she says "saush, saush."
Alisha: Stop. He's getting on my nerves already, and we're just starting date night. Oh, it smells good. This smells really good.
Cortes: It smells good?
Alisha: Yeah. The pasta is looking good.
All right, so dinner is done, you guys. We got our salad over here, our pasta over here. I don't have too much because I'm not very hungry, but Cortes is.
Cortes: Even if you were. Even if you were hungry.
Cortes: I was gonna say, "Even if you were hungry you wouldn't eat that much."
Alisha: That is true.
Cortes: We're about to turn the lights down low and stop recording so we can actually enjoy our date night.
Alisha: Kinda get more of that romantic date night vibe. And just talk and kinda just –
Cortes: Enjoy the night.
Alisha: Enjoy the night, catch up, having some one-on-one time, so we'll talk to you guys in a little bit.
Cortes: So it's after dinner. We are chilling and watching some TV. We're about to play a movie.
Alisha: Watching House Hunters, well for right now.
Cortes: But we're about to watch a movie. No phones, try to focus and cuddle and have some alone time. How was dinner, babe?
Alisha: It was good. I will say that even though, like, the little pasta meals are not homemade, they're actually pretty, pretty good.
Cortes: They're pretty tasty.
Alisha: It took like 10 minutes to make, but they're really good. Like, I enjoyed it.
Alisha: A good little meal.
Cortes: That's been our thing for a while. We will do that, eat dinner, candlelight, talk, and it's always –
Alisha: We been doing that since we got married.
Cortes: Yeah, we been doing that since we got married.
Alisha: Like, two years ago.
Cortes: And it's, like, a really good way for us to unwind and talk to each other and not, like, be on our phones and stuff like that. So it's really nice. That's our first tip for how to keep a healthy marriage after having a baby. It actually takes some time to spend with each other. You don't have to be eating dinner or doing anything like that. I mean, y'all could be sitting there holding the baby just talking to each other and just regularly try to spend some time together.
Cortes: Communicate. We do that every single week, maybe sometimes a couple times a week. We always spend some time to sit down and talk to each other one on one.
Tip number two: Schedule extracurricular activities because it may not–
Alisha: With a baby – no – real talk.
Cortes: With a baby it may not happen because –
Alisha: Real talk – it may not happen.
Cortes: Because, like, with her, she sleeps through the night, yeah, but as soon as you put her down you're ready to go to sleep.
Alisha: We go to sleep.
Cortes: You wanna go to sleep. We both work during the day, so if you don't schedule those types of things, it may never happen.
Alisha: I agree.
Cortes: That's just not the thing you think we're talking about, but that's also like a date or what we just did, like, a little time to just chill together.
Alisha: Cook together.
Cortes: Cook together, schedule it.
Alisha: Watch movies together.
Cortes: Schedule it.
Alisha: Just schedule it, I agree.
Cortes: Definitely schedule it, and if y'all use a schedule, put it on the schedule. Oh, she got some cookies. We got cookies. Mine are sitting on the table. If you don't schedule it, it may never happen.
Tip number three, y'all: So this was something that we really have to work on, but whatever you did that got you to this point, keep doing it.
Cortes: And what I mean is, like, if y'all are the type that always went out, went to the club and went dancing or something, something like that, continue doing that.
Alisha: We said the same thing.
Cortes: Yeah, yeah, we're on the same page. Get a babysitter and go do that stuff. Like for us, we like to chill.
Alisha: We're big homebodies.
Cortes: Yeah, so our thing is sitting around and watching movies together. So we actually have to make sure that –
Alisha: Drinking wine together at the house.
Cortes: Yeah, that we still do that. We still chill, we watch a movie together. Because I mean, honestly, that's why y'all got married – because y'all like doing that stuff together, so you gotta keep doing it. Like, just 'cause you have a baby doesn't mean you gotta stop.
Alisha: Yeah, just don't, like, lose sight of who you were as a couple.
Cortes: Yes, yes, baby. She beat me to it.
Alisha: But yeah, those are kind of our little tips to kind of, like, keep your marriage kind of fun and spicy and just have a good time, even though a baby has come into the picture. Just kind of doing those simple things here and there can definitely make a difference, and it kind of keeps us feeling like our old self.
Cortes: Yeah, it does. It does.
Alisha: Like our old selves and kind of keeping us, you know, just keeping the spice alive in our marriage.
Cortes: Y'all are on the same team.
Alisha: It makes a huge difference.
Cortes: That's a big one: Y'all are on the same team.
Cortes: You know, so take the time to celebrate that y'all made it another day.
Alisha: With your sanity.
Cortes: Exactly. Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, exactly.
Alisha: Yeah, I agree, babe. We're about to go ahead and end out the vlog. I hope you guys enjoy it. Again, I am Alisha.
Cortes: And I'm Cortes.
Alisha: And we are The Williams Way here on YouTube. So if you guys wanna see more of our everyday life, lots more including with Valerie and all that good stuff, check out our YouTube channel and, yeah, we'll talk to y'all in the next video. Bye guys.
Cortes: See y'all later.
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