As we approach Father’s Day, I am be participating with four other bloggers in a series called Honoring the Man They Call Daddy.
On Tuesday I shared my perspective on the date night myth, and I was encouraged to see so many comments from other women who’ve walked through dateless seasons with a healthy marriage as well! While I was having my little rant, though JessieLeigh, Amy, Tara and Jessica were sharing their ideas for having a date night right in the comfort of your own home.
I love these ideas:
From JessieLeigh at Parenting Miracles:
Dating the daddy of your children can be a challenge. Between finding a sitter you can trust, feeling comfortable leaving your babies, and affording to pay for the service, it can be mind-boggling and anything but relaxing. If you don’t live near family, it can be extremely tough. If you have many children, it can be difficult. Even if everything falls into place, sometimes it just feels hard to justify the cost of a dinner out. But this is no reason to stop dating the stud you call husband.
You can, and should, be able to enjoy a fabulous date right there chez vous. It’ll just take a bit of planning. (Though, really, probably no more work than arranging a sitter!)
From Jessica at Good (Cheap) Eats:
Hubs and I have been married for 16 years. We met in 1992. I was a sophomore in college and thin and could eat anything. He was older, athletic, and very conscious about what he ate.
I corrupted him.
Date night was different back then. We usually went out to eat, grabbed a coffee or dessert, and then strolled Santa Barbara’s State Street or walked along the Biltmore Wall. We might go browse Borders and buy more books than we needed.
Today we have six kids, from tot to teen, and date night looks different. Thanks to family we get in a few nights out each month, but sometimes we plan an at-home date night. Not only is it less expensive, but it can often be more relaxing than trying to coordinate a babysitter, figure out where to go, fight the crowds to get there, etc.
One thing that makes an at-home date nights so fun is that we can indulge in foods that we might not splurge on at a restaurant.
From Amy @ The Finer Things in Life:
Our rarity: This. It’s fun, for me, and we do it once a year. (And it’s free. Bonus!)
Our reality: Four children eight and under, a busy schedule, and a tight budget. That’s us, and those are the makings of some frugal, creative date nights at home! The truth? We generally prefer it that way.
The benefit of date night is uninterrupted time together, doing something out of the ordinary. Connecting with one another. Having fun. With a little creative planning, or even spontaneity, frugal date nights at home can be just what the two of you need to recharge.
Our date nights look different every time, but here are a few ideas to set the stage for one of your own.
From Tara @ Feels Like Home:
I’ve finally found someone who makes me feel like my life has just begun
That’s a line from a Toby Keith song that I listened to on repeat for hours in the months after I met my husband. I was a crazy person, smitten with Joe Ziegmont.
Look at him. How could I not be smitten?
Joe could do no wrong. He was smart and sexy and strong and the mere thought of him made my heart flutter.
Then we got married and had some kids and I could hardly think of anything nice to say about the poor fella at all.
Next week we’ll be closing the series by talking about the best gift you can give your husband…the gift of you. We’ll also have a fun giveaway from Union28, the makers of the “My Husband Rocks” shirts (which I LOVE!). Stay tuned!
Do you have date nights at home during the seasons when you’re not able to go out on the town??