You know what's great? When you already have a blog post in your head that you want to write about, and then there's an incentive given to you to write about that very topic! Aaaahhh yes! JuiceBoxJungle (you know, that widget on the right side of my blog) wants to know if and when my hubby and I go out to dinner. Add on top of that the fact that Restaurant.com is sponsoring this blogging frenzy and I've got a few reasons to blog about this!
Monte and I have been really good about a weekly date night ever since we were married a year ago. Maybe it's the fact that we're a newlywed couple with four children, maybe it's just the fact that we're a newlywed couple, or maybe it's just that we like each other's company that much! Whatever the reason, we have found time in our schedule to head out together once a week. Don't get me wrong, we do miss a week here and there (because sometimes our schedule is just that busy!), but overall we try to keep our date night a weekly event. With the economy in the state it is in, however, we are quite aware of the fact that we have to be spending our money wisely. We often will research the restaurants that offer date night specials, we coupon clip (another great resource found at Restaurant.com) and sometimes we pack a dinner and head out to a park or go out in our boat and spend the evening fishing together! Sometimes our date nights are as simple as getting a couple of cups of Caribou and parking our truck in the park to talk and observe the beauty of the Christmas lights that surround us.
I truly don't think the "what" is so important as the "who you're with". Date night is a time to connect with your spouse and let them know that they are as important to you as they've ever been! It's a time of gazing lovingly into each other's eyes, of whispering sweet something's to one another, of cuddling and giggling. Everything that makes a non-romantic want to puke! :)
One thing I know, though, is that the cost of babysitting has gone up tremendously and sometimes, if you're paying a sitter, it's difficult to want to do anything for yourself because you know that the sitter is going to get a HUGE chunk of money by the end of the night! Why not try babysitting swaps? If there is a couple in your area who also has children, maybe they would be interested in doing a swap where they take your kids when you go out in exchange for you watching their kids when they go out. It's a beautiful system when it works out correctly! :)
More than anything, though, it is so important to make time for your spouse - and date night is truly one of my favorite times that Monte and I make for each other! What do you do to spend some alone time with your honey dear?!