I absolutely love date nights. I never thought of their importance before having kids. It was just a normal occurrence that happened every few nights. We didn't even call it date night. It was simply "going out" for us. Now, after two kids, when I think of a few moments alone with my husband I get excited and giddy like I did when we were first dating.
Life with kids has changed our relationship. A lot.
And in an effort to make sure that my husband and I connect at least on a regular basis we've started a monthly (if not bi-monthly) date night. In order to enforce this date night I've started to contribute as a Date Night in the Afternoon specialist for Date Night 411.
Since it's hard to get away for a night on the town when worrying about the kids, bedtime, and the havoc they're wreaking on unsuspecting babysitters (aka family members) paired with the fact that my daughter still nurses for comfort in the evenings we've started to plan date nights for the afternoon instead of, well, night.
Not only has this opened windows for new and unique dates, it's also given us no excuse to get out together and enjoy each others company. We also, on occasion, bring the kids along with us if we're doing an activity that the whole family can enjoy. Or we bring another family member to watch the kids while we get a little alone time at the event or attraction we go to.
So far we've gone to the movies on more than one occasion, had a nice dinner out downtown, enjoyed local theater and dined on some tasty hamburgers in our quest to find the best burger joint in the city. Our most recent attempt at date night was foiled by the weather but we've rescheduled our picnic in the park for this weekend.
And what do we have in store for next month? I'm already planning our next date night! I recently won a kayak trip for two in La Jolla that includes a kayak adventure and a beach photo shoot. What a perfect way to reconnect and get proof that we actually went! We'll follow our adventure by trying out a local restaurant we've heard rave reviews about and, of course, I'll dish all about the experience on Date Night 411.
So if you're in need of some inspiration to get out and enjoy some alone time with your spouse head over and check out the great ideas Date Night 411 provides! You might even catch a glimpse of great deals, contests, and more.
When was your last date night? Where'd you go?