Date Night!! The two words every couple looks forward to, especially those with kids. It means a night away from the kiddos, to reconnect with your spouse, to remember why you fell in love in the first place. It is easy to get caught up in the responsibilities of adulthood & parenthood. That is why it is so important that you step away from it all for a few hours and have some fun, remember fun, that thing you did before you had a job, mortgage, kids, you know, before you had major responsibilities!?
Since there is so much commotion the morning of Valentine’s Day, with the kiddos treats, valentines for school, and this year we actually received a few inches of snow (like the third time this year, extremely unusual for Northwest Ohio, we usually get good amount of snow) so the kiddos needed to pack their shoes and wear their boots. Since we were fortunate enough to receive some snow most school districts around here had a 2 hour delay. That is all but the two where our kiddos attend school. So this mama’s bus needed to leave on time. As I dropped them off to school it was hilarious hearing the choir of frustrated mommies walking their kiddos into school. One mommy who was walking behind us, through the snow, in her tennis shoes, carrying a 24 pack of water expressed to her son that he needed to sign up for napkins next time. Another mom yelled to her son who was distracted by the snow to help his younger sister carry all her valentines stuff into school. That mom must have repeated “HELP HER” roughly 4 times before he finally did help her. In a weird sort of way it kind of felt like we were all part of this exclusive club due to the crazy circumstances of the morning that bonded us.
That evening we exchanged Valentine’s gifts. We had dinner in the dinning room, we decorated the table, and the kiddos got all dressed up for the occasion (they dressed as a princess, a bride, and our little man was dressed as a mutation of Thor, Spider Man, and a Power Ranger). We had Linguine (Whole Grain & Protein….shhh) with Alfredo sauce and a Salad. After we finished eating we exchanged gifts.
Our daughter gave us this beautiful poem with her hand prints on it. And yes, there was water works; those darn words were so beautiful and true. I dare you to read it without getting misty eyed.
Our son gave us a nice collage of doily on heart with a cute poem. Thought, not as moving as my daughter’s it was still sentimental.
For my husband’s gift I place a 12 pack of Yuengling (they started selling it in Ohio like a month ago, so it is still kind of a big deal), his favorite, in a tool box and added 12 pink hearts. Each bottle had a pink heart on it with a future date night that we would be sharing (just wanted to clarify). Since we always plan on date night but it seems like they never occur I figured what better way to actually get them on the calendar. So I am promised at least 12 dates over the course of a year, one a month. I tried to come up with fun and exciting dates that we could enjoy together, they include:
Planet Rock (learn how to rock climb, HELLO, Awesome!!)
Clelands (Shooting Range. It is important to have knowledge of firearms and I know he will enjoy this one.)
Toledo Museum of Art’s, It’s Friday!! (There are various exhibits that come to the museum so I think I will decide which one sounds interesting and we can get a babysitter, a glass of wine, and walk the Art Museum Galleries and special exhibit, I can’t wait!!)
A walk through Wildwood …….(A walk in the park and maybe even a picnic in the park?)
In 2 Art…… (Paint pottery)
Volunteer at Cherry St. Mission….. (Pick up leftover food from local businesses or volunteer to serve food at the shelter)
Belamere Suites for a Romantic overnight……. (Their suites have a private garage, fire-place, whirlpool, walk-in shower for two, and fresh muffins and coffee delivered to your door in the morning. Last time we stayed I was preggo. We sat in the whirlpool eating candy watching the fire and television; it was a pregnant woman’s dream come true. I am thinking we might stay here in Dec. around his b-day)
Wine Tasting… (This is self-explanatory)
Couples Massage….(We get a massage at the same time. Nothing kinky, just back massages at the same time)
Horseback Riding…(I am still on the hunt for a location for this date. Apparently everyone thinks you want to learn about horses and clean them and stuff. No thank you, I just want to ride them.)
Super Suppers Cooking Class (This looks like fun, it is just one class and you learn some basic techniques.)
Funny Bone Comedy Club (I will let him decide what comedian he would like to see, this is guaranteed to be a fun night.)
My hubby got me a delicious box of chocolates from Christie’s Candies & Mints. One word describes their chocolates, AMAZING! First thing I did when I opened my box of nuts covered in dark chocolate (Haha) was take in that amazing aroma. There is nothing like the smell of fresh chocolate, the prepackaged chocolates just can’t compete.
I have done the responsible thing and only devoured them one handful a day. They are just sooo good!!
For dessert I made cupcakes that surprisingly did not get eaten. The entire family ate chocolates, poor cupcakes, but how can they compete with chocolates? Those chocolates are so good, they make you want to live a better lifestyle so you can be around longer to devour them, ha-ha.
So, what did you get your Valentine?