The Year of Robin and Chris – January Highlights #rueyear2016

If you’re a regular around here, you already know that my husband, Chris, and I have declared 2016 as the year of Robin and Chris. We decided that we were going to make this year all about trying new things and going on as many adventures as possible. The two of us had a lot of fun during the first month of 2016 and today I am going to tell you some of the highlights of what we’ve done.

We started off the year by doing the Polar Bear Plunge in Newport, RI on New Year’s Day. Chris and I only made it waist deep into the icy cold water, but I am good with that. Frankly, it’s further than I thought we’d make it. You can read all about our adventure in the arctic water here.

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The same weekend we decided to check out the Plainridge Park Casino in Plainville, MA. It just opened last year and it’s the first casino in Massachusetts. Even though it’s only about 15 minutes from our house, we had never been (we always opted for the bigger casinos like Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun).


We each walked out with a whopping one cent each. So yeah….but it was still fun. I guess. It’s no Foxwoods.


The following weekend, we were back in Newport and spent some time getting our culture on at the Newport Art Museum. Neither of us had ever been and since neither of us are necessarily into art, we both liked that it was a small museum and only took a little while to see everything.


The next weekend, which happened to be Chris’s birthday weekend, we went on a bookstore scavenger hunt at Barnes & Noble. It was wicked fun and I made a printable for it if you want to go on one, too.


That very same weekend, we ended up getting a new car! Our new baby is a 2016 Toyota Highlander and we love him. We don’t love having a car payment now, but we really needed a new car. We traded in our 2006 Honda CRV for the Highlander because although the CRV was good to us for so many years, over the past year it was really nickel and diming us. It seemed like it was one thing after another with the CRV and when the AC died last summer, there was really no question that getting a new car (with working AC) before this coming summer was a priority.


Plus the Highlander has heated seats and what else could a girl ask for in a car?

The following Friday night we headed into Boston (actually, it was Sommerville) to see Sh*t Faced Shakespeare, which is exactly what it sounds like.


Six actors performed Much Ado About Nothing and one of them did so while she was completely sh*t-faced. Chris even got picked out of the audience to play a small role (of a female named Margaret) in the show. It was absolutely hysterical and we are planning on going back as soon as they do a different Shakespeare play.


Last weekend, we pretended that we were senior citizens and went to play bingo. Chris has played before, but has been asking me to go since I met him and I finally agreed to go. I have to say that it’s much more intense than I thought and whether you believe in beginners luck or you don’t – I walked out of there a winner. Sure it was only $34, but a win is win.


And last, but certainly not least we booked our Disney trip for August. Now I am just counting down the days until I can book our dining.


In February we have a few fun things coming up, which we are looking forward to. We’re going to see Jim Norton in a few weeks plus a few other things, so stay tuned for more updates and be sure to follow the #rueyear2016 hashtag on Instagram and Twitter, We’re always up to something!

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  1. littlemisscant

    Disney is such a great “date” experience! My hubby took me there for my birthday and we had so much fun. We almost felt guilty not bringing the kids.

  2. Liz Mays

    Skydiving is on my list of must-do’s! That’s a great suggestion!

  3. littlemisscant

    Your braver than I am!! I can’t imagine jumping out of a perfectly good plane. LOL!!

  4. Chrystal | Nevermore Lane

    I want to go skydiving too. I think it would be an amazing experience. It is scary for sure, but at the same time, its a lot of mind over matter.

  5. Erin

    My roommates & I went and played legit Bingo at some Bingo place in college, I don’t remember how I did, so I doubt I walked out with anything. But those people are intense about their game. At least you won more money playing Bingo than you did when you guys went to the casino, just to put the events into a little perspective if you needed it.

  6. Michelle Gwynn Jones

    The year of Robin and Chris sounds like fun. Be safe and enjoy.

  7. MyTeenGuide

    I love following the adventures of their family. I’m sure their February will be as busy.

  8. MyTeenGuide

    What a wonderful January. Congrats on the new car. I’ve seen a lot of great reviews about the Highlander.

  9. Pam Wattenbarger

    I have heard great things about the Highlander too. Toyota makes some great cars.

  10. Eileen Mendoza Loya

    My dream vehicle has always been a big truck – the Ford F150 Raptor. However, if it would not come into fruition, I would settle for a Highlander!

  11. alissa

    It sounds like such an exciting year! I love all the things you’ve done so car. I even like your vehicle choice.

  12. Theresa

    You two sure got around in January! What an exciting year still ahead of you! I’m sure you have some really fun adventures planned. (You will be packing me in your suitcase to Disney, right?)

  13. Brandi Hayden

    Wow. Sounds like you’ve had some great adventures lately. Wish I was hanging out with you. So much fun! Congrats on the new vehicle.

  14. patricemfoster

    Look like January is your year . What a great way to start fill with fun.

  15. swell conditions

    Happy Robin and Chris Year – go have some fun hey!!

  16. Jennifer

    It looks like you two weren’t kidding about making this your year! You’re doing it up big time. I love it!

  17. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle

    Way to start the year out on a high note. I love that you’re grabbing life by the horns like this. More of us should do it.

  18. littlemisscant

    Looks like you guys are having a great time so far! The scavenger hunt is still on my “must do” list. We haven’t done anything nearly as fun as you two. With both of us in school our weekends are pretty much a non event. Ugh!

  19. Carol Cassara (@ccassara)

    What a fun idea! I’m going to enjoy following along as you have your adventures. Putting yourselves first or as a high priority is so important in a relationship!

  20. MELISASource

    You are really getting after 2016! I love it! It’s rare when people really grab on to life and make it theirs.

  21. Liz Mays

    Boy do you guys ever keep busy? I love how many fun things you do, and it’s going to be a great year indeed!

  22. Michelle Liew

    Wishing you and Chris a blessed year of adventures!

  23. irishred13

    Looks like you and your husband are having a blast!

  24. Laurie

    Oh how fun! Now I want to play bingo lol!

  25. Jeanette

    You look like you had SUCH a great time! My hubby and I try to have a few date nights a month I just love the book scavenger hunt!

  26. MJ. L

    Great post! Sounds like 2016 is going to be your year!!!

  27. Maddie

    It really looks like you both had lots of fun.

  28. Debra

    It looks like an amazing 2016 kick off. I can’t believe you even made it waist deep in the polar bear plunge. I would have made one toe.

  29. Jenna Wood

    I think the play would probably have been a highlight for me, I love audience participation events! It looks like you two are really enjoying your shenanigans together!

  30. Theresa

    It seems they are always at these audience participation events. I wish we had them in our area like Robin does!

  31. Pam Wattenbarger

    You guys have done so much this year already! I can’t wait to see what the rest of the year has in store for you.

  32. Catherine S

    It looks like you have had a lot of fun so far. I look forward to seeing what you get into the rest of the year.

  33. listen2mama

    I’m going to keep track of all the adventures and see what I can do myself. Great idea! Have fun and enjoy!

  34. Gloria @ Homemade & Yummy

    Sounds like you have a fun filled year planned for the two of you. Enjoy!!

  35. Fashionable Librarian

    It is a breath of fresh air to see couples actually enjoying each other’s company…keep it up

  36. meagan

    Your family seriously does the funnest adventures. Sounds like January was a great start to a new year.

  37. mary

    What an amazing idea. I really need to do this. After tax season (hubby is in the thick of it right now as a CPA) but after it’s over…I’m going to do this. I will skip the plunge ha. We have that here at SeaWorld every year too!

  38. Travel Blogger

    This looks like you had so much fun! What a great trip to kick off the new year! The polar plunge, you are brave! lol

  39. Ana De Jesus

    I love playing bingo it is so much fun and the book hunt looked like a lot of fun. I think you two have such a lovely relationship!

  40. Seattle Travel Blogger

    Sounds like you two are off to a flying start with the New Year. I admire your Polar Bear Plunge (was on my husband’s list a while back, but we never did that).
    Keep up the good work – you are giving couples a good name :).

  41. lisa

    These sound like such great adventures! What a great idea to make the year about the 2 of you. I love this!

  42. Cindy (Prime Beauty)

    You guys are really getting around and having fun–I think it’s wonderful! I desperately need a new car too but am waiting until summer.

  43. TheHouseOnSpringRidge

    What a fun year so far! I love date night adventures, going new places, trying new things!

  44. Elizabeth O.

    What a good start for RueYear2016! I love the idea, it’s definitely going to make your bond as a couple stronger than ever. Have fun on the months to come! Love it.

  45. amanda

    This is one of the best ‘new years resolutions’ I’ve heard! Hope you have a great year!

  46. keikilanij

    Looks like you had a fabulous month! I love your theme for the year. It’s going to be a year full of memories.

  47. Heather Pfingsten

    I totally love this idea. I just had my husband read the post and now we are trying to figure out if this is doable in our life with all the hectic going on. Thank you for the inspiration and sharing some of your fun and not so much fun!

  48. LifeAsAConvert

    Totally doable! Just plan as much as you can do.

  49. Miles Basilio

    Wow! You really had a wonderful idea of making this year for both of you. I hope to read more.

  50. Allie

    It looks like you guys are having a great time so far this year! You’re going to love Disney! We’re taking our LO for the first time in a few weeks. Definitely excited.

  51. SavvyMomNYC - Ker (@SavvyMomNYC)

    It sounds like you had a great month together. Congrats on booking Disney! I can’t even remember when my husband and I did something alone. Such a great idea!

  52. Kait

    Looks like a great start to the new year! I am so jealous that you get to go to Disney!

  53. Roxanne

    That’s just amazing! It looks like you’re starting the year off right!

  54. Jaime Nicole

    I want to hang out with you two! You definitely did Shakespeare the right way, and I LOVE the bookstore scavenger hunt. Great stuff.

  55. thedomesticbuzz

    I love the scavenger hunt idea at the bookstore, too. So fun!

  56. Chrystal | Nevermore Lane

    January certainly was a busy month for you two! Looks like it was so much fun. Lots of adventure. Can’t wait to see what the next month holds.

  57. Amber NElson

    Sounds like a great year that you have planned. How exciting! I’d be looking forward to Disney!

  58. Ann Bacciaglia

    Sounds like you had a great month. I will have to go play Bingo soon. It has been years since i went.

  59. Paula Schuck

    The bookstore scavenger hunt at Barnes & Noble sounds like an amazing way to spend an afternoon. You had a great January. I look forward to hearing all about February.

  60. siniciliya

    you are so amazing! Did you enter the water after sauna or just entered?

  61. Bri

    What a great way to kick off the year with a variety of adventures. February should be super fun too.

  62. Tatanisha Pitts-Worthey

    When I first learned that you’re claiming 2016 to be your year, I totally feel in love with the idea! I am looking forward to your Disney adventure. God Bless you both beautiful couple!

  63. Eileen xo

    So much fun. Last year was my 26th anniversary, we have started doing date night and it is so important. Cant wait to see what February brings

  64. michelle

    i love bingo! its always awesome when you win

  65. laura londergan

    looks like you guys are really living your lives and having fun. That’s what it’s all about and you are making memories to last.

  66. Sabrina @ Dinner, then Dessert

    Sounds like you’re having a great time together! That’s what marriage is all about!

  67. Rebecca Swenor

    It is awesome that you two are making this year for you. I love how you both had an fantastic time last month. Bingo can be very intense especially with the old woman but it can be fun when you win. lol Thanks for sharing your awesome month.

  68. Eileen Mendoza Loya

    What a great month you had! I would have loved to play Bingo. Its so much fun! Wishing you a whole lot of adventures filled with memories in the months to come.

  69. victoria

    Looks like you had an awesome year. and that is a great adventure with your hubby.

  70. Rosey Marie

    You’re off to a banging good start!! Love that you are doing unique things. I want to go to Bingo but everyone laughs at me and won’t go with… They think I’m kidding. -_-

  71. RonRon

    What a way to start 2016! Absolutely awesome.

  72. Nicole Haas Etolen

    What a good way to start the new year! Congratulation.

  73. Claudette Esterine

    What a wonderful journey you two are having! Thank you for sharing it with the rest of us, it will most certainly inspire some at least how to pep up their lives and relationships.

  74. Amanda Love

    Sounds like this really is your year and you guys have done a lot of things so far. Can’t wait to hear about February.

  75. tauyanm

    can’t wait to read the things you’re up for february!!! love visting museum too!

  76. [email protected]

    I love the idea of the year of you too. Even the shirts are cute.

  77. April Grant

    What a great adventure with your hubby. You look had a fun

  78. Chubskulit Rose

    When my husband was still in the active duty in the Navy, he went one time with his buddies to a bingo place inside the base and won $100 . I have never tried playing bingo.

  79. Ashley

    So fun! Love how you two have a year dedicated to the both of you.

  80. Jeanine

    Ahhh! So much fun. I am so looking forward to seeing all your upcoming adventures. I love Bingo. I haven’t played it in a few years, last time we went my hubby won $100. It’s so much fun!!!! Disney in August? Drool. So jealous.

  81. Melissa

    I love Jim Norton, I bet that is going to be a good show. He cracks me up every day, sounds like you two are having fun!

  82. Christie

    It makes me smile that you’re focusing on your marriage. What a great month!

  83. Dogvills

    Wow and that was only for January. I cant wait to hear about your February adventures.

  84. Ana Fernandez

    I love how fun everything seems! I haven’t played in a casino in like ever, but it looks like a super fun activity to do!

  85. Katherine G

    Wow! You all are off to a great start. I don’t think I would’ve been able to even put a toe in the polar bear plunge. Sounds like you all are enjoying your 2016 so far.

  86. Rorybore

    You two are having such a blast!! I am wishing for a more reliable babysitter so my hubby and I can do things like this. And for him to not be a shift worker would be great too. ha.
    Bingo is very intense!! An old lady surrounded in smoke knocked me over once! I’ve never been back. LOL

  87. thedomesticbuzz

    Wow, what a year you’re having and there’s so much in store for the rest of 2016. Love everything you’re doing! So awesome and a great way to reconnect with your husband!

  88. Britni

    What a great idea to make time for just the two of you. This is so important in a marriage. Looks like you have been having lots of fun!

  89. coolchillmom

    Love that you started the year with a bang! Congrats on the car, the fun and the Disney trip!

  90. jvkom

    My husband did the Polar Bear Plunge. Brr! I could never do it. I have major respect for people who do!

  91. Kelli @ 3 Boys and a Dog

    It looks like you guys had a great time with a variety of things to do! I don’t mind a little bingo myself every now and then. And you are right, a win is a win!! Thank you for sharing your adventure!

  92. Kimberly

    I’ve always wanted to try a Polar Bear plunge, it looks like you’re off to a great start for 2016!

  93. top5life

    That’s so sweet of both of you. God bless your lovely couple.

  94. Digna

    Looks like you guys are having a blast! I know I could never do the polar Bear ice plunge, I’m too sensitive to the cold so I would probably only dip a toe. Lol! My hubs and I are always looking for fun things to do.

  95. Heather

    Sounds like an amazing first month of the year! I love that you guys are going to Disney! And heated seats…living in Maine I could definitely use some heated seats!

  96. Up Run for Life

    You guys had a ton of fun. We also have an older SUV and the last two years I’ve crutched the ac along by adding coolant each summer. I’m hoping we can trade it soon. Cars without ac are the pits. I would enjoy going to the casino again. We don’t have them in tx yet.

  97. Kacie

    Good for you guys for making it the year of you two! And congratulations on the new car! We’ve been debating between a Volvo XC90 and the Highlander!

  98. Amber

    Sounds like a great beginning to the new year. What great events you went to. I love find new things for my husband and I to do around my area.

  99. Nicole escat

    What a great time with your hubby. And looks like you had an awesome year

  100. Stephanie Pass

    It looks like you two are having a blast! My husband and I love to have an occasional date night at the casino.

  101. cosmeticcurious

    It looks like you guys had such a great January! Here’s hoping the next 11 months are just as awesome!

  102. Marcie W.

    You both are adorable and it looks as if your Rue Year is starting off wonderfully. Please keep me posted on your thoughts regarding the Highlander. It is our current vehicle upgrade front runner but does not have me totally sold yet.

  103. Kristin @MOMentous Moms

    I love that you made this the year of you guys! What a wonderful way to make some memorable adventures. Love the new car! It seems like you have started the year off right!

  104. Ricci

    Your life looks like it has been really fun lately!! I would love to see Shit-faced Shakespeare!!!

  105. Ai Sakura

    yay looks like it’s all going according to plan now.. keep it up!!Ai @ Sakura Haruka

  106. alexandria

    I just booked my dining for Disney. I was up 6 am getting a princess dinner in there. I’m happy that this is your guys year. my husband and i literally do nothing alone. it’s getting to the point where we need to. we just never want to leave our daughter.

  107. Toni | BoulderLocavore

    You are very motivating! It’s so easy to get mired in everyday demands. I love how committed you are to spend time together and do new things.

  108. Lisa Rios

    I think you guys are having so much fun & the pictures are good enough to see how excited you are together right at the start of the year. I wish you both to have more fun all through the year.

  109. Melissa Bernardo

    Sounds like you two had a great month! Wonderful post! Keep sharing your adventures!

  110. jillconyers

    Seriously. #rueyear is an amazing idea. January was a fun month.

  111. Tiffany @ Daily Leisure

    Wow! It looks like you are having an amazing #rueyear!!! I know it is only February, but it looks like you’ve gotten off to a great start!

  112. LauraFunk

    What a great January! We love bingo and yay to Disney! I cannot wait to book our trip for 11 months away!

  113. LifeAsAConvert

    The Polar Bear Plunge is probably one thing you will never catch me doing. Kudos to you for doing it.

  114. Hannah Adkins

    It looks like you guys are having an awesome time! I love playing bingo. So fun!

  115. CourtneyLynne

    Awwwww looks like y’all had a pretty fabulous month!!!!! Can’t wait to see what adventures you have I store for February:)

  116. kleebanks

    How cool! What a great idea to celebrate the two of you and doing fun things together! You’re REALLY brave to do the Polar Bear Plunge…BRRRR!!!

  117. Shannon Gurnee

    I love it! RueYear2016!!! I love going to the casino and we play bingo on the cruises we go on. Sounds like you guys are ready for a great year!

  118. Chanelle

    Sounds like a good month. We are going to Disneyland in May. First time going with all seven kiddos. Can’t wait.

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