Day to Day Adventure: Trading Date Nights

Friday, March 25, 2011

Trading Date Nights

imageTonight I had 7 kids, 1 college student & 1 husband in my house.  4 extras for DATE NIGHT!

9 years ago my friend Gwen & I were desperate for some time out of the house with our husbands.

Date night was born.  This means different things to our children than to us as parents & they look forward to it just as much as we do.  One night a month my kids go to Gwen’s house for a Friday night and Steve & I go out & eat or to a movie or wherever!  Then on another Friday, Gwen’s 4 kids come to our house & they go out.


It is the perfect arrangement.  The kids get to play and the parents get to spend time together.  Seriously if we’ve not got it scheduled the kids start to ask “When is date night?”

We’ve been so blessed to have them in our home & get to grow up with our children’s friends.

Now that Michael is in college he isn’t around for date nights.  However if he hears that it is going to happen at Gwen’s house then he’s been known to show up.  I love that my kids are comfortable around my friends.  Of course Michael & Gwen’s hubby go off and play computer games than I totally don’t get.  But hey that is okay.

However, as they’ve gotten older and we now have 3 teens in the mix--it has changed.  Tonight the 2 teen girls took over the kitchen and baked cookies.  I am not complaining of course.


They aren’t in to Barbies & Polly Pockets anymore.  They had Grooveshark going for music on my computer & were picking fun songs to play for us to work to.  I love it.  I am just along for the ride & it is a wild and crazy one! 

I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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