Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Date Night

Do you know how long it's been since Hubs and I had actually went out together for a date night? Just the two of us?

Me neither. I don't think we even went out for our anniversary last September. Oh! Wait. While we were at Disney in October we dropped Little Boo off at one of the kids' clubs for a few hours and went for a delayed anniversary dinner at Shula's Steakhouse. And I was so sick I couldn't imagine eating red meat. So I had mahi mahi, which I am sure was stunningly good, but I couldn't taste a thing. I sniffled and coughed my way through our candlelit "romantic" dinner. At least Hubs enjoyed some special time romancing his steak. (That sounds bad.)

Since both of our birthdays are in January, we planned to go out for a nice dinner, just the two of us, on the 28th, because the Teen would be with us to babysit. Well, about half-way through making homemade pizza, Hubs asked, "Weren't we supposed to go out tonight?"  Yep. We forgot all about our date. Even with built-in babysitting who had been assuming all along that we were leaving at some point. Being a Teen he didn't speak up. And since neither one of us felt like rushing about to get ready at that point, we stayed home with the kids. Again.

But we made a promise to each other that we would go out at the next opportunity. Because dates are important. Time alone together is important. And we just don't get enough of it.

Pollo con Mole
This past weekend we did it. We set the kids up with some KD (ha!) and we went down to Danforth Ave to try a  Mexican restaurant we hadn't been to before. It was small and homey and served both Mexican and Peruvian cuisine. Restaurant La Cabana. Our server was also the owner, so we were made to feel very welcome and comfortable. The food was delicious, the servings generous, the prices very reasonable. And there was parking quite nearby, which was important as this was the first real wintery cold night we had had so far this year. Brrr.

Sangria for him, Pisco Sour for me

We toasted us and our belated birthday celebrations. We ate and talked and reconnected. I will admit that we did talk about the kids, but we also talked about so much more. We don't spend enough time together, just us two. We need to remedy that. You know, I kinda like him after all!

It will take effort I am sure, but we will remind ourselves that these date nights are important to us as a couple, separate from us as parents. We will make plans, and actually put them on the calendar so we don't forget about them!!

There are lots more restaurants to be discovered ...

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