So next Friday is Babe's birthday and I'm tryin to think of what to do to make it a little bit special for him.
See ten years ago, on Babe's 23rd birthday I made a decision.
I KNEW that I was going to end up with this man
(HOW it was going to happen remained a mystery)
And even though we were just friends at the time, I remember flying out to Atlanta to visit the "then boyfriend" but ending up spending most of my time w/ Babe.
And it was the MOST fun (thats another blog)
That evening we made a promise to each other that at some point we would marry.
(At the time I was thinking I would most likely be able to marry again since my future husband would probably die first - don't ask I was 20 and lots of "ideas")
So I want to make this 10 year birthday anniversary a bit more "special" if you will.
While thinking about all this I received a lovely "news & views" update from Redbook magazine that listed 20WaystoSpiceUpDAteNIght.
And it got me to thinking.
We haven't really had a lot of "date nights" as of late.
No major reason why, just haven't taken the time to schedule them.
Sad I know.
Several of my girlfriends seem to have them pretty regularly and I wonder how much that improves the quality of their relationship.
I also wonder, what do they do each time?
Because you can only go to "dinner and a movie" so many times before it starts to get old.
In reading the article and several others, it reminded WHY date night is necessary.
Once you have kids maintaining that "spark" in the relationship becomes harder and harder.
You find more things to distract you from spending time with your beloved and a lot of times at the end of a long day, all you want to do is crash.
But by creating outings for each other, you can regain that certain spark and ignite the flames of passion all over again.
We always make a point to have some quiet time for just he and I in the evening to discuss our day or what's going on with Sweet Pea or any other topics of interest.
But it's been few and far between lately that it's been "just us" out for an evening.
Some of the articles I read suggested taking turns planning the evening out (or in) so that you or your mate have that feeling of anticipation you used to get during the "dating game".
They also suggested that date doesn't have to be about spending money or even going out.
It's more about the time you spend together.
Reconnecting without the dramas of the outside world.
Did I mention they also recommended leaving your phones off?
Unless of course your babysitter needs to contact you then it should only be on vibrate.
There was a great article HERE for cheap and fun date ideas.
That got me a little more inspired.
But I want to hear from YOU!
What do you do for date night?
How often do you have them?
Who plans them and do you set a spending limit?
Do you have them with other couples or make it strictly alone time?????
Inquiring minds want/need to know!!!!