It's hard for us to plan a date night in general, let alone some fancy dinner-&-a-movie-deal. It's no easy task finding a babysitter for My Little Ninja last minute and honestly, it's frustrating having to budget babysitting fees with the cost to spend a night out in Chicago. I mean, don't get me wrong, we do splurge every now and then on an expensive date night, but I've come to realize it's the simple, in-home ones that mean the most. At first, this bugged me a lot, I really like dressing up and getting out of this dang apartment. I'm a stay-at-home-mom and I'm here ALL day, but Miguel isn't. In fact, he works 6 days a week and is home late most nights. On Sunday, we're an hour north for church and the rest of the day is filled with visiting family and football practice. He rarely gets to spend time with the family at home and he's not a huge fan of getting dressed for a date after he's been in a suit all day. (Miguel is Mr. Casual, first stop when he gets home is the closet to put on a sports t-shirt and some basketball shorts.) Compromise is key-we both want to spend more time together at home so we've found a way that works for us! He wants to be comfy and I like to look pretty when he's around...so that's what we do. In the morning on date-night days, I'm walking around like a zombie with crazy hair & no makeup and he's dressed to the nines in a business suit. At night he gets all comfy and I'll be looking a little cuter than the last time he saw me, we both get our fill of the dressier version of each other, doesn't matter to us if it's at opposite times of the day. We definitely have more in-home date nights now and it's working for us. Either way, I think it's good to consider the fact that you can have a fun, romantic, fulfilling night with your spouse in the comfort of your own home.
Miguel and I have discovered 3 important things about our romantic home dates: we actually have a date night, we talk more during the date (I REALLY like that part), and (Miguel's personal favorite) spend less money...sometimes, no money.
(BONUS: Don't forget, the bedroom is conveniently located just a few steps away!)
This particular night we got sushi from Jewel and play rummy 500-we used to play it in college all the time.