I have two goals in writing to you today:
1- To make sure you’ve got some Justin Timberlake bumpin’ in your brain. (You’re welcome.) And…
2- To share with you my amazing new discovery… Day Dates are the new Date Night!
SC and I recently shared an incredible date- during the day– and we could have smacked ourselves. Why haven’t we done this more often???
Friends, it was incredible. I am not exaggerating when I tell you that this could revolutionize our marriage.
- Have the sitter come shortly after your little one wakes up from her nap (if possible and applicable).
- Don’t plan on coming back until after you know your little
monstersmunchkins are passed out cold for the night.
- Make plans (wink wink) for a little post-date fun at home…because… there is so much time for activities!!! (We’re bringin’ sexy back, remember?!)
If I don’t have you convinced yet, here are some really awesome benefits to hitting the town in the daylight with your sweetie…
1.) It’s a REAL break from the kids.
Let’s be honest. The parenting stuff between nap and bedtime Is.Thee.Hardest. Why have I been paying a baby sitter to spend 20 minutes with my kid so she can watch Netflix all night? Not that I don’t love my sitters, I do. (If you’re reading this, dearies, I reaallly do! But you feel me.) I fork over some serious cash in the name of freedom. Momma’s gettin’ her money’s worth.
2.) We’re awake!
Anybody ever hit the 9:00pm movie and struggle to keep their eyes open? Just me? Mmmk… well. It doesn’t matter HOW fine Hubs is lookin’, this mommy gig is TIRING and my normal bedtime is in T-Minus 60 minutes.
Call me crazy, but it was actually fun to be alert and energetic while I hung out with my best friend. Shockingly, I am actually quite fun during the day. 😉
Bonus- even after post-date activities, this gal is still getting her much needed shut-eye. Winning!
3.) Happy Hour!
Dudes. Things are cheaper during the day! Everything. Movies, drinks, appetizers, dinner specials, everything. It’s also a great time to do free stuff- like hiking, window shopping, and making out. (Ok, making out is free any time, but see point number 2.)
If you play your cards right, and if Jesus reeally loves you, by the time you wake up in the morning, you haven’t seen your kiddos for maybe 16 hours. 16 sweet, silent hours. (Do you hear the angels singing?) That is pure bliss, friends. And did I mention that you got a great night’s sleep? You wake up smiling, remembering yesterday’s shenanigans with your spouse, feeling refreshed and ready to take on the day. You might just leap out of your slippers.
If you’re headed out with a group of friends (maybe some who don’t have kids), or you’re really wanting to remember what it’s like to shut down the club, then by all means, have yourself a Date Night. Maybe you want a romantic candlelight dinner or a nice stroll under the moonlight. You should do that. Date Night’s aren’t bad. I mean, I’ve been enjoying them for quite some time now.
But maybe switch it up a little bit! Try a Day Date and see if it doesn’t make you want to cry a happy little river. (That one was for all you JT fans!)
*Disclaimer- all the above pics are from Day Dates of Marital Past. We had SO MUCH FUN on our most recent Day Date that we completely forgot to take a commemorating photo. I’d say that proves my point, yes? Yeah!