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October 3rd, 2011 at 5:00 am

Have you been on a date lately?

I’ve been married for 12 1/2 years. Plus, I started dating my husband 9 years before that. That’s a long time and sometimes life gets in the way of our marriage.

Now that we have kids and a busy life we don’t always take time for each other. In face, we rarely take time for each other.

With our busy schedules between hubby’s work, my work at home, kids activities, school and household chores at the end of the night we usually just wind down by watching some television. There isn’t much quality time with just me and him.

So, after I had two mini-breakdowns this week (both over never-ending laundry and the inability to find sports shirts for the kids activities) I decided a break was needed. But, I know we’ve needed a break for a while. Something for just us. Originally we had a weekend getaway planned, but his work came in the way and the getaway was canceled.

We hadn’t taken time for a “date” since early this summer, so I made this a priority for the past weekend. We didn’t do anything that fancy, just some dinner at one of our favorite spots and a visit to a “Gallery Walk” in our cities downtown area.

Date night is a great refresher for your relationship. It is time for “us” to reconnect as a couple and doesn’t really matter what we do. It’s an important part of our relationship as spouses and our relationship as a family.

Need some date ideas? You don’t always have to leave the house to have a date – its about just taking some time out. Here’s some ideas:

  • After the kids are in bed, how about a picnic dinner and a movie in the living room
  • A game of bowling on the Wii
  • Cook dinner together and dine by candlelight at the kitchen table
  • Have dessert for dinner together
  • Work as a team to conquer a home project. Help fold the laundry or clean the garage. The teamwork is a great way to feel connected as a couple.
  • Hold a snowball or water balloon fight
  • Get some Mad Libs and hang out on the couch making each other laugh.
My recent date has inspired me to make “dating” a weekly occurrence, if all it means is a card game of War. Do you have any great date ideas to share?

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

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  1. When my kids were little, we had a weekly date night. Sometimes it was just a trip to Home Depot but it was the best thing we did for our marriage during those challenging times.

    Paula

    3 Oct 11 at 12:09 pm

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