Saturday, January 26, 2008

About 4 times a year...



We get a date night. These are from our last date in the fall and we went to a spur of the moment Wings game. We had a beach date last summer and last night was our winter date. I had no idea that our dates were so few and far between until I started thinking about it. That's so sad! But I am NOT willing to pay a teenager $6 an hour to pay $50 for dinner and another $20 to watch a movie. That leaves us with the grandparents as our only option. But it seem our parents forgot about us and went and got lives of their own! What the heck! Hopefully as the kiddos get older, things get easier.
Anyway we did have a lot of fun last night. Dinner at the new Mexican place by the mall. My total favorite now. I had a margarita big enough to swim in. Amazing. Quite possibly one of my top 10 favorite things. When I stood up, I was just silly. It didn't help that I had heeled boots on. Good thing Jason takes such good care of me. Then we went to the movies(I know, I was surprised too!) and played in the arcade. Jason won a 1943 Lady Liberty silver half-dollar! He's a bit of a coin nerd and they had some game where you can win DVDs, coins, crappy jewelery,etc. got it on his 2nd try! Then we watched "Cloverfield". the ticket taker says, "if you start to feel sick, just close your eyes." I'm rethinking the whole margarita thing now. In the theater, after the previews, a girl comes out and tells us," We DO NOT sell Dramamine. Close your eyes if you feel sick. But really I don't care because I'm not the one cleaning up the mess. enjoy the movie." Now I'm freakin' out. Oh man, I don't wanna puke. If you haven't seen a trailer for the movie, its basically (fake)home video taken by a civilian during an attack on Manhattan. I admit to closing my eyes for a minute. But mostly it was so exciting I didn't notice. Kind of a weird movie, but interesting. Once we got home and check in with the little people, we ended up staying up talking until like 1 AM. I love good date nights. It reminds us why we got together and started this family in the 1st place. It reminds us that there will still be something there 20 yrs from now once all the kids are (hopefully) on their own. It reminds us that although "Mom & Dad" are a big part of who we are, that we are actually a lot more than that. And you never know, we may get out again before Spring!

2 comments:

Colleen said...

We feel the same way about date nights. It gets so expensive. I have heard of families starting groups and each family takes turns watching the other families children for free so they can go out on a date. Each family should get a date once a month or once every two months. Brad and I are looking into starting one up.

Kristin said...

You are so right, you are more than just Mom and Dad. Good job for taking time to be Jenn and Jason. I think that helps you to be a better mom and dad. Besides, who doesn't want to have a little time without kids...you know eating your food when it is still warm and not "shoveling" it in in 2 second, maybe even tasting it!! To treat your self to an "adult beverage"...love it...way to be an adult:)! Let me know when it gets easier and (grand)parents "give up" their lives. I would really like mine back as well!!!