So going on dates get pretty expensive. And now that we have to add a babysitter into that cost…yikes! Needless to say, I can count the number of dates Logan and I have been on since Emily’s been born on one hand. Not too proud of this! But after getting up with Emily, working all day, picking her up, cooking, and unwinding, I’m exhausted! Like fall-alseep-on-the-couch-for-several-hours exhausted. My poor husband!
But I’m trying to change that…
Step 1: Dating doesn’t just mean going out to dinner.
This is a hard one for Logan and me, because that’s always what date night has been.
Step 2: Get creative about dates at home.
Our dating hours are from 7:00 (when Emily goes to sleep) to 11:00 (when I’m so tired I stop being coherent). And much of our dating now has to be at home.
The funny thing is, I made this list of date ideas on our first anniversary…
Inexpensive Dates Out:
*Go to a high school or college game
*Go for a bike ride
*Write a scavenger hunt for each other
*Picnic at the park and play on the playground
*Get ice cream
*People watch at the mall and make up their conversations
*Go to the library
*Go to a free concert
*Go ice skating
*Go to an antique store
*Take a walk
*Go for coffee at a bookstore and read magazines
*Go to Goodwill and pick out the silliest outfit for each other and go to a fast food restaurant
Dates for Home:
*Make a kite and fly it
*Wash the cars
*Make a collage
*Write a book
*Pick out each others clothes for a week
*Watch a foreign film and eat that type of food
*Make a duck tape creation
*Play board games
*Have a Wii Fit Olympics
*Teach each other something new
*Have a dance party
*Cook dinner over a campfire
*Make a fondue dinner and dessert
*Watch a children’s movie in sleeping bags
*Paint a picture
*Build something out of Legos
*Watch a movie with the volume off and make up the words
*Jump in a pile of leaves
And because it’s easy to get in the habit of just talking about work or the kids, here’s a list of questions to ask each other. Some silly, some serious.
*Who are the people you love the most and why?
*How do I make you feel loved?
*What was your best Halloween costume?
*What’s something you wish you knew how to do?
*If you were a crayon color, what color would it be?
*What’s the dumbest thing you’ve ever bought?
*What was the first thing you thought about this morning?
*What’s your idea of the perfect day?
*What’s your favorite childhood memory?
*What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever had to do?
How would you describe yourself?
*If you could invent something to make your life easier, what would it be?
*What should your theme song be?
*What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
*What is something silly you believed as a kid?
*What would your best Olympic event be?
*What superpower would you want?
And the ever important…
*If one synchronized swimmer drowns, what happens to the rest?
Bottom Line: Take the time to date your spouse! They’re the one you promised your whole life to, so keep it interesting.
Sorry for the lack of pictures!