Mr. Math Tutor and I went on a date yesterday. It was definitely a married couple kind of date. We started with lunch at Olive Garden, during which I started to feel a migraine coming on. Bummer. We then went to Wal-Mart where we picked up some shades to replace the old ones in the dining room and in Ga'hoole Girl's room. I also got some spray glitter for Ga'hoole Girl's hair for Halloween. (And we might have gotten some other stuff for some loved ones for a special occasion - but, maybe not.) Then, we drove across the street to JoAnn's to pick up fabric so I can recover some pillows - probably will end up being after the first of the year, but I feel so much better having the fabric now. We then stopped at Barnes and Noble for Mr. Math Tutor to buy some references for his tutoring business. I got to just mill around a bookstore - downright heavenly.
Unfortunately, the rest of the day was marred by a full-blown migraine. Despite that, it was really nice to actually go on a date and spend the day with my hubby without the kids. We used to do this at least every two weeks. It was easier because we had money to go to nice restaurants and hire babysitters, but also more necessary since I was working so much. Getting around to dates is harder these days because of my headaches, but we try to make it a priority every month or so. Many of our dates are just running errands together, but it's a great chance to talk without the kids.
Having dates with your spouse can be quite important for a marriage to thrive. For some couples with small children, it may just be setting aside time alone after the kids are gone to bed. Others might enjoy a particular hobby together, such as hiking or skiing. Sometimes, just running errands or taking a drive together does the trick.
How often do you and your spouse get to go on dates? What kinds of things do you do? How important is it for you to do this? What kinds of unusual ideas do you have for dates?