My husband is working Friday nights now. Sure, we have Saturday through Monday's together but somehow having a Friday taken away from adult company makes it feel like a very long weekend. I love game nights with kids, meeting their every need, driving them to here and there... no doubt about that. But....I miss my hot date. Even if we don't get to go anywhere on a Friday, he is there and I like that. I am sure you all know what I mean.
I didn't take date nights for quite a stretch of time when kids were real little and attached to my body or I worked a bit during the week and didn't want to leave them. Then, I had kids old enough to babysit which seemed golden until they had a "life" and wanted to go out also. When you finally secure the sitter to stay home, you have a teenager who brought all his friends home and you certainly don't want to leave 8 teenage boys home alone while you are out. If you do get to go out, sometimes after you have worked all day, fed the kids, got everyone to where they want to be, all you want to do is sit on the couch. But, I know that each couple needs that alone time. Marriages can go sour if you don't invest the time. Summary: dating takes effort.
I am trying really hard to make Saturday nights time for us. It may mean just a quick trip to get food. But, we get to sit and talk without interruption. Of course, we usually talk about the kids but at least we get to talk. It gives you time to remember why you love that guy so much. It gives you time to feel like a girlfriend and not a maid and a cook. It gives you time to reboot and WANT to be a mom again.
It is Saturday and I am longing for a date night. After I feed the missionaries and the neighbors, get the kids delivered , picked up, washed and settled; I am going out. I have no idea where but I really don't care. I am secretly dreaming of eating this at Kona grill:
Divine. It is a grilled veggie pizza on flatbread with a Balsamic/fig reduction glaze. I took out my camera to capture this beauty when I ate there last and they asked me if I was a food critic. Hmmmm. Should I have said yes and maybe had gotten a free meal? It would have been a fun game. How does one get that job anyways because I think I would be good at it. Doesn't it look mouth watering? Every bit. Maybe next week.
Hope you are all getting a date night tonight. You deserve it. What have you done for a fun date night lately? I am taking suggestions. I need to think outside the box and date like a teenager. Well, like teenagers used to date. Now, they just "hang out". Whatever that is all about???!!!
Oh, and if you want to try a new restaurant for your date night, there is a great Groupon today for a hip pizza place in Tempe. It won best of Phoenix and serves pizza made with homemade cheese and toppings cooked up in their brick oven. Groupons are the best way to try out something new.
Try this one out. Maybe you will see me there: The Enlightened Homemaker food critic!