My husband and I went out for a date night last night. We were at P.F. Chang’s, our old standby. It’s our go-to spot because it is
Fairly reasonably priced for a special occasion sit-down restaurant
Before going gluten-free, we used to never go to the same spot twice. We loved little hole-in-the-wall mom ‘n’ pop ethnic spots. Oh, well.
On this occasion, though, being creatures of habit paid off. As we had our nose in the menu, cross-referencing the g.f. menu with the fixed-price dinner-for-two menu, I glanced over at the couple who had just been seated next to us, and it was some old friends, Brian and Bev. I’ve known Brian since we were seven, and Bev since we were freshman in high school. 🙂 The funny thing was, previously, I hadn’t seen Beverly in at least a year, but had seen her just the day before, when I dropped off some homeschooling books at her home, to help her decide between curricula. Twice in two days! B&B had planned to meet another couple, Julie & Lee. I’ve known Lee since we were… oh, probably four or five years old, as our families attended the same church. Martin had never met Julie & Lee, but it was no matter. We pushed two tables together, and proceeded to chat up a storm as we ate together. It was great fun!
And then, Martin and I went to see Captain America. I thought it was OK, though as far as super hero movies go, I liked Thor better. But, I enjoyed my time with my hubby, and we’re happy to add an action movie to the mental folder entitled Appropriate for Our Kids.
My sister and I chatted on the phone as I was getting ready, and I told her that even though it’s not really unique or creative, I really enjoy dinner and a movie with my husband. Or a baseball game. Both of those, with the cost of babysitting added in, end up being really pricey. Now that we’ve thoroughly tapped our date-night envelope in the budget for a good month or more, I was thinking about how my children are old enough that Martin and I could probably “sneak” out after the girls are in bed for a quick coffee up the road for more frequent, much less expensive date nights.
How about you? If you’re married, do you and your hubby have a date night? Do you go for less-often “fancier” date nights? Or just out for coffee or dessert somewhere for an hour or so? Or? Do you pay a babysitter, trade babysitting with friends, or just leave your children alone?