I’m almost embarrassed to admit it’s been a long time since the Husband and I got to have a real date night. We didn’t even get out for our anniversary this year. It’s shameful, but that’s just our reality. Having three little ones means we’re exhausted by the end of the day, and going out just feels like extra work. Even worse, it’s hard to find a babysitter that can take on an infant, a 3-year old and a 6-year old all at once.
Except mother nature has other plans. Bigger plans. Much bigger plans. It’s Wednesday morning, and I woke up to a blizzard watch in effect for Friday night through Sunday morning. Thanks ma nature. Thank you so much.
But we don’t have to put our date night plans aside just yet. We can have a date night at home. We’ll make every effort to tire the kids out in the snow and then put them to bed early. Then the most important part of the night will be unplugging from our phones, tablets and even our normal background TV to ensure that we spend some quality time together. I’ve even come up with a few ideas for how to ensure that we don’t end up in our normal evening rut:
10 At-Home Date Nights for Busy Couples
Play a Board/Card Game
Wine & Cheese night
Cook a meal together
Eat by candlelight at the table
Our family tries to eat together most nights, and often include the kids in setting the table, which means that we typically eat with sloppily placed forks, paper napkins, and a table devoid of anything that could become a plaything for little hands.
Plan a dream vacation
Play video games together
I’m not much of a video game gal, but every once in a while a game will hold my interest. Before we had kids, the Husband and I spent many nights playing Guitar Hero and Rock Band. And since t’s something that’s special to my husband, it’s a simple way to show that he matters.
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