I have read stories of husbands and wives going on weekend trips to celebrate birthdays and anniversaries.
My heart longs with envy when I read of these things. We live a much more simple life here in this house and weekend getaways just are not a reality for us right now.
We have lots of kids, all under five and we are expecting number four in about two months so finding someone willing to even stay with our kids is challenging – not to mention a pregnant lady in her third trimester would not be the best weekend getaway buddy.
So the weekend getaway was not going to happen for us this year on my husband’s birthday.
i thought of things that he might like but decided we don’t really need another gadget or tool around here.
So I went back to the basics and I came up with the perfect idea for my husband’s birthday.
Fourteen planned, paid for and babysitter arranged date nights.
It’s basic, simple, perfect and aligns with our family goals for the year. My husband have been working hard to get away from the kids and enjoy one another weekly for the sake of our marriage.
With all these babies around us it has been difficult to connect as husband and wife without the titles of mommy and daddy. I knew he would appreciate planned date nights for the next four months.
When I told the kids about my husband’s present they wanted to join in on the fun too. So I planned a free activity for each of them to have one on one time with their dad and they each will get to have a meal with my husband at their favorite fast food establishment.
i started planning about three weeks ago. I looked at our calendars and made a list of dates.
I then emailed a long list of kind hearted friends and family members to sign up for free babysitting. This is truly a collaborative effort and with the exception of two dates being covered by my husband’s sister the other twelve were quickly filled by friends from church.
Finally I went out to get the gift cards. Each envelope has a gift card or cash enclosed based on what we are doing. I tried to buy all the gift cards at Kroger and I purchased the local small business gift cards with cash so my husband couldn’t track my spending.
And there you have it. Date nights set for the next four months even with a new baby coming in the middle of all of it.
This only cost a little under 300 dollars. Like I said we live a pretTy simple life.
Happy Birthday to my husband and cheers to my married life with him.
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