My 2 under 2 are sound asleep in the backseat of our Toyota Camry, so there we are, my husband and I, taking our sweetest time staying parked in the Save Mart parking lot while we have some peace and quiet.
“What’s the matter babe, are you ok?” my husband always asks at the slightest hint of me in daydream mode.
-“Yeah”, I reply (as I usually do if I actually do have something on my mind).
“Are you sure?” he insists without fail.
-“It’s just…I’ve been thinking…” I said.
I proceeded to point out repercussions I have been noticing in myself because of the lack of quality one on one time between one another. These factors included:
-Consumed by the SAHM routine
-Disappointment and anger that we have no one
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My husband and I have literally NO support system where we live and going out on a “real” date outside of the home, for us, would be the ultimate luxury!
He listened to me and our conversation concluded with the realization that there was something we just had to do in order to have quality time for just the 2 of us, even if that meant doing it from home.
At this point we had, clearly, missed out on so much just because we have no baby sitter. It did not have to be this way, and I was tired of it.
Following is a list of ideas that I have found to be realistic approaches to spending quality time with your spouse, when doing it at home is the only option you feel you have.
These are date NIGHT ideas so they were created with sleeping kiddos in mind, meaning ideally you would carry these out after their bedtime. (Tuck them in a little extra early one in a while)
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Have a collection of board games to have a game night
Turn your bedroom into a room that resembles a hotel ambience
Order take out and have a romantic, candlelight setup in your own dining room
DIY wine tasting
Living room picnic
Watch a sports game and have stadium-inspired snacks
Ice-cream in bed
Ask each other questions
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Funny YouTube videos marathon
Spa night/Bubble bath
Listen to throwback albums
Eat dinner outback
Make your own drinks to sip out on the patio
Have a Red Box movie night
Take a trip down memory lane with old photos or home videos
Create a fort in the living room, add fairy lights and have a “campout”
Do a puzzle together
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That one time I talked to my husband about our desperate need to start pursuing more alone time and nurture our marriage, we both agreed on putting in more effort. However, it was one thing to plan it and another to actually carry it out. First, because we lacked discipline in actually planning something and second because even if I wanted to, I couldn’t think of anything appealing or creative right of the bat!
For this reason, I created this list in downloadable form in order to have something handy to go off of. Now we can literally draw one out, put it on the calendar ahead of time and not fail it!
Chances are if you read this and think you’ll remember these ideas, you’ll end up like me doing nothing lol. You’ll end up googling something real quick and not be able to decide on something in the spur of the moment (since that’s usually how it works when your lives revolve around little humans now.)
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