Date Night

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Yesterday I worked late to get some things finished so I can take off between Christmas and New Year’s. I knew I likely wouldn’t be home until after Emerson’s bedtime. Karl texted me and asked if I wanted Chinese for dinner. No prep, no dishes to wash, I’m in! I called on my way home and stopped by the grocery for my favorite beer (Miller Lite – I know, I know, I’m lame), and Karl’s (Dogfish Head, he balances my lameness). By time I arrived home Emerson was already asleep, but that was actually kind of nice since she’s at the “Mommy lie next to me until I fall asleep and let’s talk about Christmas/going to the beach this summer/marrying the boy down the street when I’m grown up and have a baby named Rosie” stage and while I love that time with her, I was needing instant chill. So I went up, brushed her hair from her face, kissed her cheek and told her I loved her.

I came downstairs and realized Karl had all the dishes washed, all the laundry done, and candles lit on the coffee table. We took our Chinese into the living room and I saw paused on the TV was The Newlywed Game!

The Newlywed Game is one of our guilty pleasures. We love watching it together, the host asks the question and we pause the TV to play it ourselves. “Some men are called meat and potatoes kind of guys. Thinking of your husband’s favorite main dish and side dish, what kind of guy would he be called?” I said beer can chicken and kombucha, he said chicken and beer… don’t think we’re that off! So we ate our Chinese, each had a beer, and watched two episodes of The Newlywed Game and laughed until we cried, huddled under the afghan my mom made for Karl back when we were just dating.

A great Date Night doesn’t have to include a fancy dinner, a pair of heels, or a babysitter. It just requires that person who totally and completely gets you and time to focus on one another.

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  1. My oldest son is 16 and we’ve been doing “at home date nights” since he was born. We both like to cook so we’ll open a bottle of wine to sip while we leisurely prepare dinner for ourselves. Whoever is most tired gets to be the sous chef and just chop stuff. Even now that we can leave both boys at home alone we still like to do at home date nights.

  2. I could not love this more, Allie. You two seem to be so in synch, and I love hearing these little snippets of your life as it is now. We love casual date nights at home, as well – it’s so much more our style than a big fancy dinner requiring lipstick for me and dress pants for him 🙂

  3. I think it’s hard for working mom’s to work date-night time into their schedules. We get so focused on devoting our off-hours to our children that our partner can end up second fiddle. You work hard to provide a stable home financially, it’s important not to shortchange the emotional side of a stable family — that’s two adults who have a loving relationship.

  4. Awwww! 🙂

    I got home after two nights away to discover my husband had cleaned and tidying the flat – it’s the little things that make all the difference! Nothing more depressing that coming home tired from a long trip to find the house in a state. And he got food in for dinner (a curry for us). Yay for good men!

  5. Loved this. You’re absolutely right. It’s difficult for my husband and I to get any quality time together, and thoughts of “date night” always makes me think “we don’t have the time for that” or “I don’t want to get dressed up for that.” But it’s not about that, it’s just about spending time with the person you love. Thanks for the reminder!

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