I don't know about you, but having kids has really thrown a wrench into our romantic life. Scheduling a babysitter, babysitters falling through, no family within hundreds or thousands of miles, friends that are just as busy as we are, etc. etc. I know that when you have kids that is just one of those things that comes with the territory. We had a good streak of dating a few months ago with a regular babysitter until said babysitter got a boyfriend that has a checkered past with the law (Trust me, that is definitely a good story for another time). Dating at home when the kids are in bed has been great, but to make a long story short, we need to get out of the house! I'm tired of the excuses and I'm ready for some fun. Like before the kids came along fun.
Thus began a brilliant brainstorm with the assistance of my friend Google. Here's some of my favorite recent discoveries for dating my LEO:
here. The idea is that you plan and hopefully prepay for 12 dates, one for each month of the year. I am ambitious, and am going to include two dates for each month! Each month, you open up that month's envelope to see what the surprise is and find a date on the calendar that that works for both of you that month. For some date ideas, she has a link to all the dates they have gone on so far in 2011. Some ideas I have thought of are an overnight stay at a B&B, dinner at a new place, a movie premiere, a concert, volunteering at a soup kitchen. . .
2. At HOME dates. Another dating resource I discovered from googling is The Dating Divas. They seem to have an endless resource for fun dates out, at home, and with friends. These were some of my favorites:
The Post-It Note Date (great for an at home date)
Sleepover or CampOut Date (another at home date)
For this one I would set up our tent in our living room and use sleeping bags. I like all her other ideas as well. This is great for when you can't do it outdoors like we love to and you have pretty much 6 months of snow...
Host a Chocolate Tasting PARTY. I went to a party like this with my sister when I was visiting Denver and thought it was such a fun idea. You can use chocolates from all over the world and as many varieties as you would like. The winner can take home chocolate. This would be fun with some friends. Everyone can bring appetizers and drinks and we'll call it dinner.
And last but not least, I found this picture via tumblr. This obviously takes little to no planning, and might be a good way for both of you to blow off some steam!
Or you can always practice your new hobby, Wife Carrying, for the 2011 North American Championships coming up. I think we just might try it. If I can convince HF first.
What are your ideas/thoughts on this?