I'm linking up with Kelly's Korner again today for Show Us Your Life - Date Ideas.
I love date nights. Unfortunatley, we rarely have them now that we have small children because we just can't afford to go out and pay a babysitter on top of it. On the rare occasion that we do go out, it's because we were able to get grandma and grandpa or some friends to babysit. But tomorrow night we are going out to celebrate Paul's birthday and for the first time ever since the girls were born we have hired a babysitter. That's right, in the 5 years since the girls were born we have NEVER hired a babysitter. We've only had grandparents or friends watch them on occasion. I'm so excited! We are hoping to start going out more, whether we hire a babysitter or just trade off with friends or whatever, now that we have refinanced our house and will no longer be paying for preschool here in a few more months. So here are some of the ideas I have for future dates.
Dinner somewhere with live music. There is a great place we went on one of our rare date nights but there are several more in our area I would like to try.
Dinner and beer at the brewery near our house. Paul has been there before with a friend but I've never been.
Ride the new Great Wheel on the Seattle waterfront.
Local Art/Jazz/Blues Walk.
Other favorite date activities are browsing bookstores (great for when there is time to kill between dinner and a movie), coffee shops, wine bars, and bike rides or hikes (neither of which we've done since before the girls were born).
Since we can't afford to go out much, we sometimes try to have a date night at home after the girls are in bed. We'll open a bottle of wine or make martinis and sit in front of the fireplace or outside, depending on the time of year and the weather. I know I've seen other good date night ideas on Pintrest that I can't remember. I'll have to go look them up.