The goal is simple; we want to make our relationship with each other our number one priority by blocking out time each week for just the two of us – no family, no phones, no chores, no errands, no distractions – and do something that is both fun and memorable. The rules are:
- We must take turns planning each week’s date. Dates can be a surprise or an activity planned together; however, the person whose turn it is must take the lead on making arrangements for the date.
- There is no set budget, but all funds must come from our entertainment account.
- Dates can take place any time of the day, any day of the week (Monday – Sunday).
- There’s no maximum time limit but each date must be at least 2 hours long.
- Dates can involve a meal but do not have to.
- We must take at least one photo while on the date.
- There are 4 “skip” weeks built into the calendar year. These skips can be used at any time to cover illness, vacation, or family obligation.
- Dates can be repeated, but not in the same month.
Date 8: Tiny Tot Play Date
It’s a rare treat to get to spend the day with one of our favorite people in the whole world – our great-niece. We picked up our little tag-along on Saturday morning, with plans to go to the park for a picnic and a few hours of play, before heading to Nanny’s house for dinner. But…the weather had other ideas. Not to be deterred, the little one made a suggestion of her own. She wanted to go to the “big green slide”. After consulting Google, we found the slide at McDonald’s. Have you ever taken your own picnic INSIDE a restaurant? Angie and I did. Addison insisted on a Happy Meal with apple slices, which she ate in shifts, between running up and down the slide and entertaining a teenage couple on a lunch date with her free toy. 2 hours of fun cost us just $3.28.
Date 9: The Anywhere Drive-In
Believe it or not, there’s still a drive-in movie theater in our area. On weekends, it shows a family-friendly double-feature. When I was a kid, the cost was $5/car and you could bring food in with you. Today, tickets are $5/person and you can’t bring in outside food (not legally, that is). We’ve talked about going there but never have. Still haven’t. Instead, we created our own version of a drive-in theater this week. The cost was $0/person and outside food was not only allowed, it was expected. Since giving up our home internet, we’ve missed a few of our favorite shows (like How to Get Away with Murder). For date day, we drove to a shady spot (with free wi-fi) and propped a Kindle up on the console to catch a few episodes on Hulu. For our snack, we split a free chocolate croissant from Panera (courtesy of Panera Rewards). Total cost: $0
Want more dates? Check out our adventures from January & February.