If there is one thing that I have learned in seven years
of marriage, it is that sometimes an over-the-top date night is
Don't judge, but isn't watching "The West Wing" or
"Arrested Development" on Netflix in my favorite hoodie and my
husband bringing home $1 chocolate milkshakes from Milkshake Monday
at The Creamery
just as good as getting gussied up and heading out for a
night on the town? Let's face it, Jason Bateman and chocolate is a
great combo in any situation.
Don't get me wrong, Brian and I still head out for date
nights. We go to concerts, restaurants and movies. However, for the
most part, Brian and I are homebodies by nature. In fact, we have
dropped the kids off at the grandparents only to come back home so
that we could do a project together, eat lunch and talk.
I'm sure there are couples gasping in horror at the
thought of us wasting a babysitter so that we could build a raised
vegetable garden. However, that was the day Brian taught me how to
use a power saw, and is one of our favorite memories. Every time we
look out at our vegetable garden we both think of the day we spent
The point of a date doesn't have to be to go over the top,
nor should it be a chance to dip into the kids' college funds. The
point of a date is to spend time together sans children (sans
Spanx) doing things we both like to do and create some kind of a
memory. It is a time for some reconnection and a time to not talk
about logistics, leaky roofs, soccer schedules, doctors'
appointments or plans for the week. This may be a time to not talk
at all and just be present to each other.
Let's not put so much pressure on ourselves. Date nights
are wonderful, but they don't have to break the bank and you don't
even have to leave the house. Who knows? You might even learn to
use some awesome power tools.
Erin Skibinski is a mom of three living in Frankfort.
See more of Erin's stories here.
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