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Rituals That Bond

Robert Hornsby, 43, and Lisa Pines, 43, Brooklyn, New York. How We Met: "I met my wife when we were in art school. We met on the street outside a gallery opening reception." How Long We've Been Together: 20 years. "We just celebrated our 16th wedding anniversary." We Confess: "We have two sons, ages 9 and 5, and we are very involved in their lives. One important ritual is the family dinner together. However, it's also important that my wife and I have alone time. So once a week, after the kids got to bed, we cook a simple but elegant meal. The setting is important. Candles and flowers, nice tableware and silver, wine or fancy cocktails are a must. When the meal is ready, we change into sexy outfits for each other, which match the theme. For our Latin night, I wear what she calls my 'Ricky Martin' shirt -- a shiny burgundy number, plus sunglasses, just for the look. She puts on sexy flamenco shoes, plus a wrap skirt with matching undergarments, lots of makeup, hair done, the whole thing. We dress as if it's 1 a.m. in Miami and we're about to go out, but we never leave the house. Then dinner proceeds in this romantic atmosphere and leads to after-dinner dancing and fun."

Suzi Prokell, 32, and Joe Prokell, 32, Aledo, Texas. How We Met: "Joe and I met when we were in college. I was on a date with one of his fraternity brothers who had to make a stop at the fraternity house for something. When my [future] husband saw me, he claims he made immediate plans to 'steal me away from him.' Three days later we showed up to our summer jobs and found out we'd be working together at a summer camp!" How Long We've Been Together: 12 years. "We met in 1991 and married in 1994. We now have four children." We Confess: "We do the typical date night twice a month -- once with our friends and once by ourselves. We also take one trip a year without the kids (our 'honeymoon'). Our kids have bonded us tremendously. With four of them (the oldest of whom is 7), we must be a united front!"

Lora Schwenk, 31, and Chris Quinn, 32, Atlanta, Georgia. How We Met: "We met at a leadership/volunteer group." How Long We've Been Together: 1 year, with plans to marry in January. We Confess: "On Saturday mornings we take a weight-training class -- it's very motivating to do this together. Then we go home and bake chocolate chip cookie sandwiches with icing in the middle to negate all that weight training!"

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