If you are just joining us on this little adventure, we are trying to take 52 Cheap Dates in the course of the next year. It isn’t just some New Year’s Resolution but a true need to reconnect and have fun again! If you’ve clicked through any of the handy tabs across the top, we have a lot of financial responsibility that is dictating that we cut back, cut out, and just stop spending our money!
We have lived in South Florida for about 6 months now, and we still haven’t bothered with finding a sitter. A babysitter seems to contradict our goals yet we know that being able to have time as a couple is incredibly important. That is when I decided to suggest to a mom’s group the idea of a sitter-swap. I sit for another couple for one night a month, then that mom watches our kids so we can get out. All the benefits of a babysitter (who can drive herself!!) without the additional costs!
Saturday night was our turn to head out on the town. We headed to the restaurant in the town we live in that oozes ambiance: the bungalow sits on a corner with a white picket fence around it. The yard has large trees that have twinkling lights hanging in and around. Little bistro tables dot the grass, candles flickering in glass jars sit gently atop. Colored lanterns dangle from the porch and more twinkle lights adorn the trellises and railings. The interior of the bungalow is charming and dimly lit. Where a living room might normally be, is the bar, compete with fireplace. Art decorates the walls and more candles flickering light cast silly shadows on the faces of the people closest to them. Whenever possible, even after an hour long wait, we like to sit outside. Twinkle lights make everything feel fancy.
Some drinks and dessert (and bacon wrapped blue cheese stuffed dates!) we were ready to head home. We didn’t talk much about the kids. Or our finances– a feat almost as big as not talking about the kids! We made plans to go to the beach (we did) and go grocery shopping (we didn’t).
So, yeah. I’ll be grocery shopping tomorrow.