Last week I told you about my date night without my husband. Thank you for your comments, it really was a special night for Nico and I. Last, night was special too because I had a chance to have a date night with my husband, Juan.
When Juan and I met and started dating we already had kids–Olivia was 5, Erica was 3, Nico was almost 3. Between our jobs, the kids and our custody arrangements, Juan and I didn’t have the typical courtship. We dated on our “kid free” weekends and sometimes, because we worked together, were able to have lunch together during our workday. We dated for 2 years before we got married, and once we got married, our date nights and lunches became pretty infrequent. Add the new baby in the mix, and let’s just say we were pretty much settled into a routine where date nights meant getting the kids to bed, renting a movie, opening a bottle of wine, and falling asleep in front of the TV.
BUT lately, things have begun to change. For the better. Except of course, if you are a high school girl with her own social life. You see, Olivia is now 15, and in my book, that is Babysitting Age. Add to that fact,that Diego is now 6, and the other kids are pretty self-sufficient, and that means that I can leave the kids for a few hours occasionally and go out for a date with my husband. This works out pretty well for us, except when it infringes on Olivia’s “plans,” then it doesn’t work out as well for her. Oh well….A happy husband and wife, makes a happy family life. Or something like that. Still, we try to be careful not to “burden” the kids too much with self-sufficiency, and responsibility. Ha! (Anyway, I digress, and that’s a whole other blog post.)
So last night, Juan and I enjoyed our date night and went to The Yard House where we sat at the bar, just like grown-ups, we had a drink, and went to a movie. When we came home we said good night to Nico, kissed a sleeping Diego, and relieved Olivia from her