well ok... one comment request ;) I have gleened the internet looking for some cheap date ideas.
And Bev was right ... of course.. it is simple really!!
"There's a stage for everything and maybe now is my time to snuggle on the couch with hot milos... the dinners and long walks will have to wait!"
The MR and I have taken this to heart and have now decided that once a week after the kids are in bed we will take an hour or two just for us. No talking about kids or work. No tv or movies (our usual at home 'date') Just talking, eating, sharing things we found interesting through the week, quotes, what we have learnt, reading out of some new books out loud.. things like that.
Take some time to smell the Roses
This was a fun date the MR and I had.. Taking photos in the rose bushes at a City Park.
Now if you do happen to get some time to go out.. here are some ideas to help you. Print out a list of what you would like to do and pass it to your MR to cross off something when you have done it. I find that men (well my MR anyway) will do anything IF it is outlined for them :)
If I ask him to cook and leave the ingredients and recipe he will cook any time I ask him.. If I point to a cupboard full of food and ask him to cook.... well... nothing... so my advice if you don't want to organise the babysitters, the date, the time off etc... give a list to your guy!!
It has also just occured to me that many of these dates sound like day time ones!! It might be easier to get a sitter for an hour or two during the day on a Saturday. The kids will be less tired and grumpy (and you too!!) if you go out during a happy time for them... (DARRRRHHHHHH what a revelation for me :)
Go for a walk in the park, warm up over hot Chocolate.
Driving Ranges are great fun for golfers and those just "learning"
Go swimming at the local pool ( I love swimming and can't remember the last time I swam without being attacked by three kids hanging off me!!)
Pull out some bug spray and a cozy blanket and curl up together in your backyard or a local park for some stargazing.
Challenge each other to a contest. Anything works, and the sillier the better! Try sand castle building, hop scotch, name that tune, marbles, or kite flying
Spend a day together at the beach. You can snorkel and explore sea life, collect sea shells and driftwood, go for a swim, or have a rock skipping contest.
Go shopping and see who can find the strangest, tackiest, yet cheapest item for each other.
Lie on your backs in the grass and try to identify the shapes in the clouds
Grab a favourite book and read outloud to eachother.. borrow a book of poetry from the library to read to one another
Visit an art museum, conservatory or botanical garden and pretend it's your first date, hold hands and kiss.
Find a used bookstore and browse together seeing what crazy stuff you can find
Go to a second hand clothing store together and select an outfit for each other without the other knowing what it is. Exchange outfits, and change into them. Go out for an inexpensive romantic dinner and find out how merciful (or not!) the other is.
Take a walk or hike.. wandering around downtown, or walk on a trail, local lookouts, can all be fun
Pack a backpack with fruit, cheese and water. Get on your bikes and just go, stop in a shady area and have a picnic, talk a while, and then bike back home.
Check out open houses or display homes… pretend money is no object for today
Ride the bus around the city.
Cook a meal together
Make life lists – crazy things you want to do before you die
Dance in the rain
Take a class together – painting, sculpture DIY.. whatever your heart desires!
Glowsticks date.. throw glow sticks at the beach or the park and run around finding them or each other in the dark
Have a dance
Go to a department store and try free sample fragrances to spray on each other
Picnic at home
Play a game of pool at a local pool hall
Buy a block of ice, cover with a blanket and slide down hills ( I WANT TO DO THIS!!!)
any other ideas??? Pass them on and I will add them here!!