Why would anyone go on a date in the afternoon? Don’t most people go on dates in the evening? Isn’t that the best time to date? Not necessarily. Here are some benefits of dating in the afternoon.
1. Cheaper meals. Most places have the same thing for lunch and dinner, only their lunch menu is lighter in price. And in serving size!
2. Every thing is open. Want to go to the movies? Shopping? Bowling? All these things can often close earlier than you’d like (okay, not the movies) which limits your activities. Plus, movies are often cheaper during the day!
3. Sunlight. Like hiking? Horseback riding? Canoeing? All these things need daylight to do. Well, I SUPPOSE you could do these things in the dark but it wouldn’t be very smart.
4. Babysitter availability. Often babysitters are very booked on Friday and Saturday nights. Most teenagers have football games or parties themselves to go to. By going out on a Saturday, you can have your pick of babysitters!
5. Be out while the kids are up. I don’t know about you guys, but babysitting at my house in the evening is a breeze. I time it so the boys are down for bed, and Butterfly has only 20 minutes or so to be up. So really, the babysitter is just there to sit. But if we go out on Saturday afternoon, the babysitter has a chance to play with the kids, feed them lunch, help them clean up, etc. And the best part about it? I don’t have to do it. AND I can come home and enjoy a quiet clean house after the kids go to bed.
So the next time you are planning on a date with your significant other, I strongly suggest an afternoon date.
PS- Juice and I enjoyed one of these today. Nice lunch, nice book reading in quiet time, and nice soaking up the sun time. Very nice.
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This morning we had big plans. We were going to an Earth Day celebration. Professor cried a lot last night, and he kept waking up moaning, “ouch!” Uh-oh. This morning Pirate was hot to the touch. And Butterfly kept complaining that she was cold. Everyone has fevers. Everyone spend the day on the couch watching movies.
Butterfly declared this her best day ever.
We’ve got a streaming disk from Netflix for our Wii. This has been AMAZING. I love that I can get all the disks I want and Butterfly can watch anything on the streaming disk. They have all the seasons of Voltron. Juice has been enjoying watching it with the kids. The boys call it “roar” and ask for it by name. They even cry when I don’t let them watch it. It’s SO cute.
Even though the kids are sick, Juice and I still went out on our planned date for tonight. We figured we were feeling fine and our babysitter doesn’t really do much with the kids. Honestly, we have the easiest baby sitting job ever. We always put the boys down for bed before the baby sitter gets here. Butterfly has maybe half an hour with the sitter, and then she goes into bed too. So really, all I’m looking for is a living fire alarm.
Having secured our living fire alarm, we went out dancing. So much fun! Juice and I don’t go dancing nearly enough. This was a much needed break for us.
Dating = good.
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Butterfly’s BFF Vinny’s mom and I are pretty good friends. Lala and I were lamenting the fact that we could not get out often enough with little kids. So we put our heads together and decided we should trade babysitting. Last week I watched her kids for an evening and tonight, she watched mine.
Why didn’t we start this sooner? I spend a night at their house and get a night alone with my darling. It was fun last week to have a night away from my house, too. I took my computer and talked to my mom for a bit. Easy easy.
Tonight we did a dance thing with the 8-11 year old girls in my church and their dads. It was our “glad you’re my dad hoe down” and we had a great time. After the hoe down, we went out to dinner at a cute little Indian place. I went there last week with my moms group and loved it. I couldn’t wait to take Juice.
What a fun date. We haven’t been out in ages it seems. I’m really looking forward to being able to get out more!
The kids woke up at 5:30am this morning. Well, the boys did anyway. They were screaming and hungry and wanted their mommy. Juice got them out of bed for me and brought them to me so I could nurse them in our bed. I was too tired to get up. (Did I mention that we have addicted Flower to Rock Band? No? Oh. Did I also forget to mention that we were up till almost midnight last night playing Rock Band? Yeah.)
Well they thought it should be time to get up once their bellies were full. They poked me in the eyes. They shoved their fingers up my nose. They pulled all the books off of my bedside table to the ground. I finally picked them up and deposted them back into their cribs with some toys. Just as they were being put down and crying about it, Butterfly woke up screaming.
Seriously, she went from peacefully asleep to screaming her head off in about 2 seconds. I heard it ramp up even. She did NOT want it to be morning. Fine, I said. It’s not morning. Then she went on and on about how the sun wasn’t up and how that means it’s not morning. Yep, I agree. Go back to sleep.
I went back to my bed. She kept screaming that it wasn’t morning. The boys were screaming. I felt like screaming. Finally I stomped into the kids’ room (everyone is in the same room while Flower is here so Flower has a place to sleep.) and pulled everyone out of their beds and stomped them downstairs to play. They were happy. I was not. Ugh, I was so tired.
Juice and Flower got up around 8:30am or so. They seemed refreshed and happy and ready to start their day. I was cross and moody and ready to go back to bed. So I did. I slept until almost 1pm and was feeling much better.
Juice and I were supposed to go on a breakfast date this morning but didn’t because I was mad at him. (How dare he get to sleep in?!) And I was sleeping. So we went on a lunch date instead. We had lunch in the tiny cafe in town here and then went to buy him new work shoes. No luck in the store near the cafe. We did a little bit of geocaching but no luck with that one either.
Then we came home to a sleeping house. Butterfly is napping in our room so the boys can actually go to sleep during nap time. She locked the door and fell asleep. Good thing my husband is an engineer and can open the lock without the key.
We cleaned part of our room and had 2 big bags of garbage to take out. We are still not done but at least we have some stuff out of there.
Now Pirate is screaming so I better go check on him. And maybe go back to bed myself!
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Juice and I apparently went on the best adult date ever according to our 15 year old babysitter. What did we do? Well first, we went to a tiny Mexican restaurant for dinner. We’ve been talking about going to this place for awhile. Only because on the front window it states: We Speak English. I don’t know why that made me laugh every time so we thought we’d try it out.
Saturday nights are apparently karaoke nights at this little restaurant. It was LOUD. Not crowded, but very loud. And all in Spanish. And not really sung well. Not the nice quiet reconnection I was hoping to have with my hubby. Still the food was good, the price was reasonable, and we went away laughing at our adventure.
After Mexican Karaoke, we decided to go to the local kid arcade place and play some skee ball. Why in the world did we do that? Well, when we were dating and first married, we were at BYU going to college. They have a game room on campus with 4 lanes of skee ball. When we had a free moment and a free dollar, we would go in and play a few games just for fun. We ended up saving up a bunch of tickets from that and getting something…a pair of BYU socks I think. Anyway, we look back at that time as a lot of fun. So we thought we’d go play skee ball again.
This was good in theory. It was almost 9pm. The place doesn’t close until 11pm. I figured it wouldn’t be swarming with kids when we got there. Boy was I wrong. Tiny tiny kids running everywhere. Parent just sitting around at tables looking bored or doing something with their cell phone. I just couldn’t help wonder why these kids aren’t in bed!!
We made our way right over to the skee ball lanes (all but two were broken, and even then there were only 4 balls between them) and proceeded to start our games. The coins went in, the balls came down, and every toddler in the place bee lined for us. They climbed up onto the ball lanes, stole our balls, and ran off with them. Seriously, I counted 6 little tiny kids all fighting over a ball at one point. There we are, standing there watching in horror as the games we were trying to play were being thwarted. No parents came. One big sister came and pulled a little girl off the lane only to have her climb right back up there. The sister shrugged her shoulders, and left. ARG!
We abandoned the skee ball and went to play other arcade games, half of which were broken. Seriously, this place is getting more ghetto as the night goes on. We stayed for an hour and saw most of the families go home. Yay! We played about 10 games of skee ball, turned in our tickets for a little rocket launcher for Buttterfly, and left.
While it wasn’t the best date for us, it was a lot of fun.
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Every Friday night, Juice and I try to have a date. Lately it has been movies in our living room but we are at least trying to spend time with each other.
I stayed up way too late with my book clubbers. It was fun! We laughed a lot! We discussed the book some. I actually enjoyed this month’s book which was Stolen Lives by Malika Oufkir. She was 20 years in prison. Very interesting.
Okay, I fell asleep writing this so I’m off to bed. Hope Juice enjoyed his viewing of Ghostbusters tonight. I only saw the first 10 minutes or so.
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Today Juice and I ran all over the valley looking for this open beta of the game he played at his sister’s house on Sunday. We finally found it, along with all of our dinner stuff for the night. We were able to leave all the kids with my mom on one run and had a nice little store date. Not going to have ANY of those when we get back to Maryland.
And my mom had Cappy at the time and told me that triplets would be challenging. No joke!
Anyway, after a nice dinner with my mom (Dad is out of town), we were able to put the kids to bed early and attempt at another date in my dad’s theater room. Well, there was lots of crying from the boys, burnt popcorn from me, and a really sad movie that we had never seen before (Bridge to Terabitha). I had read the book so I knew what was coming but my goodness…the sadness! Professor ended up joining us for the last 45 minutes or so. What a snuggler this baby is.
I’m not feeling great so this is a short post.
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Today was a very low key day. Juice and I decided to get up early and go have a breakfast date to take full advantage of my mom and her desire to babysit our kids. Since we’ve only had one other date since the boys were born, (thanks to Bee on our anniversary) I was way excited to go.
So Juice got up early, got ready, and poked me awake to ask if we were going to go. He got a moan from me and decided to go get Butterfly who was waking up. She jumped on me, got another moan and begged Daddy to go get breakfast for her. So he did. I finally woke up, fed the boys, and sleepily came downstairs. See, my kids have caught colds and Professor is apparently super needy when he is sick. He was nursing on and off all night so I think I got about 2 hours of sleep. BUT, I was determined to get out so around 10am, we finally left.
I wanted to go to the Iceburg where I used to work but they stop breakfast at 10am. Dang, we’ll have to try again another day. So off to Denny*s! Yummy. As we were driving home, I noticed a barber shop and pulled over so Juice could have his hair cut. They butchered him a bit and he looks kind of funny. But I got to sit for about 45 minutes and not do anything. No one needed me, nothing needed my attention. It was great! What a fun date!
We spent most of the rest of today at home resting because the kids are sick. No fun to have sick kids!
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This past Saturday was Juice and mine 6th wedding anniversary. We got a babysitter, went out to dinner at a local Indian food place (not sure what I had but it was good!) and off to the movies to see Harry Potter. It was okay, but a little disapointing. Yes I know the book is huge and who can fit all of that into the movie, but they left out some of the things that I felt were the best parts of the story!
So in honor of 6 years together, here are 6 things you may not know about our relationship:
- We have known each other for 13 years, meeting at a stake dance when I was 14, he was 15.
- We wrote each other pretty much every week while he was on his mission in Germany. Even though I hated him at the time. And even though he thought he was going to marry another girl.
- On his mission, he carried around a picture of his family, his niece, his friends from college and me. Everything else he sent home.
- He did not want to move to Maryland (or to the east at all) but I had to get out of Happy Valley!
- We have a rule in our marriage: he (or she) who uses it the most gets to pick. Like the cable, we would not have cable if I wasn’t the one who watched the most tv.
- We hardly ever fight because of the above rule. Okay, we just really hardly ever fight.
Love you Juice!
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