Today I’m thankful for date night!
I would say one of the things we are not great about is date nights. I’m not complaining in the least it takes effort to plan, schedule the babysitter, afford the babysitter, and afford the activity. And, I really like being home…it takes a lot to get me to want to leave my house. Especially when we have pretty great food options at home, good wine, and a fire pit on the patio. Sounds like a great date night to me!
But, Mark and I were Mark and I for a really long time before Sky, and we will be Mark and I again once Sky is off living her own life. It’s important to remind ourselves that we still like being Mark and Jen. To reconfirm that our relationship is not dependent on being parents, it’s dependent on love and respect for each other. To remind ourselves that we have to be a strong couple in order to be strong parents.
I love that no matter how much time goes by between dates (not going to lie we have maybe averaged 2 a year the last 5 years…counting true date nights, just the two of us) that we pick up right were we left off. It’s easy to slip back into Mark and Jen and leave Mommy and Daddy at home for a few hours.
As parents parenting goal(s) tend to focus on what kind of kiddo we want to raise, and what kind of parent we want to be, understandable so. But, one of my biggest parenting goals is to make sure that when the nest is empty my heart isn’t. Make sure we know how to be Mark and Jen when it’s just Mark and Jen again. Not only important to our marriage, but important for Sky to see as well.
P.S. The Table has a small menu, but everything we tried was amazing (not pictured was my appetizer…it was really good but just didn’t photo well) the wine selection is smaller, but again well curated. And, B Sharp Coffee House may be the coolest little spot in T Town. The vibe was really chill, it was open to all ages, which may sound annoying for a night out, but having under 21’s there made it way less about the alcohol/meat market and more about just relaxing with good music, wine and friends. Maybe I’m getting old, but it was pretty perfect! For those that are local it has a Swiss vibe, but without the crazy crowds/drunks and is more of an acoustic music venue.
What are you thankful for today?