January 29, 2011

Date Your Husband

I recently read an article about dating your husband. The idea was to get out with your husband. I have some 2c on this, of course I have some 2c on just about everything if you really want to ask :D The basic idea is how to keep your marriage alive, fresh and... well... working. Raising children isn't exactly the easiest thing to do but it does help when you keep your marriage happy and joyful. It's very easy to get wrapped up in the daily life of raising children and the dog-eat-dog world of business. In the beginning of the married years it was easy to just go out, it's easy to just get someone to watch the children when you have 1 or 2 or 3 children, eventually it happens to most large families, you just end up staying home with the family. That's of course a very good thing, a very nice thing but couples do need time together.... alone.... and awake.

I am trying to think if we started our nightly date at the beginning of our marriage or when. But every night (with few exceptions... like vomiting....) we have a date. It's really very simple and inexpensive. We simply sit at the table with a snack or dessert (anything from big hot pretzels to cookies, bars, ice cream and on occasion pizza or something like that) and talk. Food is a natural social thing, somehow when you start eating you start talking. We do try to get out alone once and a while now that we have built-in babysitters. I am really beginning to like Menards!! If you do not yet have built-in-babysitters, start counting down, I did that for about 8 years!! Built-in-babysitters are wonderful! Don't get me wrong, I do enjoy taking my children places but again, it is very special to go out with your husband, even if it is just a few times a year. My favorite is to go out to eat because there we get to chat... Food is a very social thing. So is a Strawberry Margarita. :D But on occasion a rare movie will come out worth the $25 and we'll go there and discuss it afterwards.

But more importantly are those daily dates. The children of course are in bed or there is no point to calling it a "date" if they are up. But we do have a little time at the end of the day after everyone is in bed. Of course it helps that we have actual bedtimes for the children, the littles 8:30, middle (there is only 1 in this category at the moment) 9:00 and biggers 9:30... except one who helps with the chores who goes to bed at 10:00.

If you have never done this... start. They say that food is a way to a man's heart.... :D

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