Monday, January 20, 2014

Date Nights

Date Nights?  Yep, we still do them, but usually it's pairing up with a child instead of each other. Husband/wife date nights are awesome, but with the oldest kids grown and out of the house, us living in a rural spot, and our caution level for sitters being overly high, we don't get a lot of those.  It's okay, we make time for each other, it's just not in the traditional dinner/dancing/night-on-the-town kind of way. And that's okay. :)

Last night was 'Date Night,' and it was my turn to take the youngest out. I let him set the agenda.  The entire agenda.

#1 on my son's 'Date Night w/Mom' agenda...a movie!

This was such a cute movie!! I really liked it!! (little man liked it too ;)  ).

#1.  First on the trip.  A movie.  We went to see "Nut Job," and I thought this was one of the cutest kid movies I'd seen in a long time!!  I loved 'Frozen,' but expected to.  This was one I thought would be cute, and that would be that... but it was even better than cute, and we'll be getting this one when it comes out on DVD. :)

#2.  The second thing my son wanted to do was go to the Office Depot and look around.  What can I say, the kid likes his office supplies.  ;)

The kid knows what he likes, and who am I to discourage shopping that ends only in a $3.00 total?
Oh if we could pass that frugal shopping trait on to his teenaged sister... :)

Since it was his agenda, I let him roam as long as he wanted.  That boy was on Cloud 9!  And we stayed in there, quite awhile. lol

#3. By the time he got done roaming, he declared that he was pretty hungry, and I let him pick the spot for dinner.  I knew what I was in for, Taco Bell, Subway, or McDonald's.  One of his brothers put a Subway gift card in his Christmas stocking, and he wanted to use that, so off to Subway we went.

His first time sitting at the high table was a big deal (I usually tell him no).

Little man is only 6, so I don't let him sit at the high-top tables, ever.  This night he made the usual request to do so, and it was his own agenda night, so I conceded. We telephoned his brother in Florida, to let him know we were happily using the card he gifted, and just as he was about to tell him he was sitting at a 'big' table, he fell off of the chair and onto the floor.  :-/  We moved to a booth. ;)


#4. On the way out, the last thing my son wanted to do was stick a quarter in the Kermit car and take a ride.  This made me unusually nostalgic, and a wee bit wistful/sad.  He's taller than he should be to fit in the car now, and I know it was probably his last time in it.  Silly to be wistful, but I know how fast this time goes.

He finished his ride up, and we skipped in the snow (yeah, we skipped), all the way to our car.

"The snow looks like diamonds when it hits the ground," is the last thing my son said before he got buckled up into his car seat.  And he was right, it did.

It was the perfect 'Mommy & Me' date night. :)

102 comments:

Lulu G said...

Aww, I bet he had a lovely time!

Janine Huldie said...

Sounded perfect and my girls so want to see Nut Job now, too. Hope to get to take them soon :)

alissa apel said...

That's funny that he likes office supplies. He sounds like Isaak. Mica on the other hand is all about Legos right now.

Brian Miller said...

cool kid you got there....we want to see nutjob so i am glad that it was good and worth it...and the office supply story is a cool place to browse...and subway, yum...

Brian Miller said...

we do date night with the kids as well...

mail4rosey said...

Oh he likes Legos too!! Wish they were as inexpensive as office supplies. ;)

mail4rosey said...

We did, he's a gem of a kiddo, Lulu. :)

mail4rosey said...

I thought the movie rocked. :)

Z @ Kicking Kilos said...

I havr nevrr ever done date night with my kids. Sounds and looks super cute. :)

Secondary Roads said...

How great is that? Super good! I wish I'd done that more often with our sons.

mail4rosey said...

I think he's the coolest. :)

Manzanita said...

I thought the Little Man had turned 7.... my mis-thinking.
Grand idea to go out alone with the kids. I used to do that but in the day time and the sitter situation was far different than what I hear it is now. Smart kid and I agree with liking to "look around" the office supply shops.

mail4rosey said...

I love them! The kids get their own agendas so quickly, that I know to enjoy every single second of them being little enough to love date night w/mom or dad. :)

mail4rosey said...

Ah, they're fun, Z!

mail4rosey said...

I love having a little one in the house still, and already I see him getting big so quickly!

mail4rosey said...

I liked watching him look around the office supply store. He had a lot of good questions. :)

Christy Maurer said...

Aww that sounds like such a fun time. They grow up way too quickly! Kyle always loved to sit at the high tables too, but he didn't fall off lol. I'm sure soon your little guys legs will reach all the way to the floor :( Enjoy your dates!

Launna said...

Awe Rosey... this is so sweet...what a wonderful memory for you two ♡

mail4rosey said...

Oh my gosh, Christy, his pride! lol He was more embarrassed than hurt. ;)

mail4rosey said...

Launna, how'd you get that cute little heart to show up at the end of your post??? :)

It was a fun night. :)

Joyce Lansky said...

Looks like a fun date night. I have been shocked to hear about today's sitters who demand a high pay to ignore kids while on their phones.

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Santa Claus said...

ho ho ho such a nice outing ho ho ho

mail4rosey said...

It's skeery stuff. ;)

mail4rosey said...

'twas a fun night out. :)

Justin Knight said...

This is a GREAT post! Date nights with the kids is a GREAT idea! So glad to hear that you enjoyed the "Nut Job". The Office Depot part cracks me up. My son used to bed to go to Target... to look at the vacuums! Riding on the little cars, etc. in front of the store is something I miss too. My kiddo doesn't even ask anymore. I like that the BIG table was a mini rite of passage- even if it didn't quite work out! Awesome job Mom!

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Looks like it was a wonderful time had by the both of you :)

mail4rosey said...

lol on the table, Justin. I was mortified for him. Totally knew he wasn't ready, but sometimes we go w/the flow. Glad it had a happy ending (and he didn't get hurt). oy! :)

Jackie said...

Sounds like a great date night (except the part where he fell off the stool...ouch).

mail4rosey said...

One of my favorite kind of nights. :)

Justin Knight said...

Sometimes saying "yes" makes it clear to them why you've said "no"! :)

mail4rosey said...

Poor guy, lol!! All's well that ends well, and he didn't get hurt (thank goodness). :) Thanks for the visit!

Chatty Crone said...

Awe that brings back memories - we used to do that too. You will never be sorry. IT is really great for bonding. He is so cute. asndie

Holy Ghost Writer said...

Sounds like the perfect night out.

mail4rosey said...

"I told you so," came to my mind, but not my lips (after all, I'm the one who agreed to let him sit there). He knew though, in an instant, and he wanted to move to that booth faster than you could say, 'dinner.' ;)

mail4rosey said...

I agree, the bonding's the best part. :)

mail4rosey said...

That boy knows how to plan a rockin' good Mom/Kid date. :)

Sandee said...

How fun and Subway is a favorite spot for hubby and I too. Great food at a reasonable price. I love date nights too.

Have a fabulous day. ☺

Robin said...

I smiled all through this post. I can't think of any other kid choosing to go to an office supply store and happily roaming for a LONG TIME. Then the Subway story. I actually laughed when he fell off the stool just as he was about to brag about being there. Isn't that the perfect example of Life happening???? Be careful what you wish for, because you just might get it. hahaha. Maybe he won't be so motivated to try again for a while. But the best part was..."The snow looks like diamonds when it hits the ground." Wow. Maybe you have a writer in the making and that is why he loves the office supply store!!!!

Pat Hatt said...

haha I never knew office supplies were so amusing. Am I missing something? lol Sounds like he had a grand time, besides falling off the chair.

mail4rosey said...

All of my kids like Subway, even the grown ones. ;) Great day to you too!

mail4rosey said...

His dad is a writer (at heart, not profession), so maybe little man will write. :)

Thanks for the visit, Robin!

Kristi Maloney said...

My boys went to a b-day party at the movie theater and saw this movie! They thought it was pretty good too. So cute that your son loves to go to Office Depot. Glad you had a fun date night.

mail4rosey said...

Paper, printers, paint, markers, glue, tape, etc.

That's fun stuff when you're 6. :)

mail4rosey said...

I'm glad they got to see it, it was surprisingly solid. I expected fluff for some reason. :)

Poke The Rock said...

home depot, he knows where to good things are! he has class.

mail4rosey said...

He's Office Depot...now I'm the Home Depot gal...oh the things I could do w/this house if I had an unlimited Home Depot gift card in my hands. :)

bashashhazbaz said...

very cool post! that is a great idea for date nights! i'm going to tell my wife about such a great idea!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

What a fun date! I'd like to take my boys to that movie.

(◔‿◔) said...

Hi Rosey, your son is cute.
That's a nice post of your evening between bistro table for tall people and Kermit car for kids. I hope, he didn't hurt himself when he fall.
By the way, I don't like Subway!
Have a good new week, greetings, Wieczora (◔‿◔) | Mein Fotoblog

The Beans said...

Aww, this post brought a smile to my face, and it was nice to see that your son enjoyed himself. Thanks for sharing. :) (And enjoy all of the wistful moments that come your way!)

-Barb

Heather @ The Beating Hearth said...

We do this with my family as well. I love going on individual dates with my kids. Normally it involves a movie or swimming and ALWAYS eating someplace where there's a play area. So much fun. :) And I love your little fella loves office supplies.

mail4rosey said...

It's win-win in our house. The kids like it and we do too. :)

mail4rosey said...

If your boys like to dance, make sure you stay until the credits are rolling. :)

mail4rosey said...

He didn't get hurt when he fell. Just a little pride, but fortunately at his age, kiddos are smart enough to brush such things right off. :)

mail4rosey said...

I shall be sure to take that sound advice. :) Thanks for the visit, Barb!

Our Neck of the Woods said...

This is too sweet! It's cracking me up that he wanted to go to Office Depot and look around. So funny! But hey, if he likes it that's all that matters :)

mail4rosey said...

We have a couple of options to play and eat in the same place, but they're so limited!! Still, now that you mentioned it, I'm surprised he didn't bring up the restaurant in town that has a game room. :)

Anonymous said...

That is awesome, it's something we look forward to. Our oldest is only 4 and we do have mommy and me time, I'm sure in the future we will enjoy dates and her dad will love to take her out and have some special time with her.

Sonya M. Jones said...

This was adorable. I busted out laughing when I read during making the phone call he fell out of the seat. Glad he didn't get hurt, but picturing it made me giggle. Love the reference of the snow looking like diamonds. Sounds like a great mother & son date.

mail4rosey said...

He does have personality traits very unique to him alone. Every one of them makes me smile. :)

Elephant's Child said...

What a wonderful date night. Building memories for BOTH of you to hug to yourselves.

mail4rosey said...

The parents do enjoy it as much as the kiddos, I'm sure of it. :)

mail4rosey said...

His brother (on the phone) laughed too. ;)

mail4rosey said...

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, I just saw the Iguazu Falls over at your place. Nice!!! http://myjustsostory.blogspot.com/2014/01/sunday-selections-155.html

Masshole Mommy said...

That is too funny. Almost every time I take one of my two out on a date, we end up at the dollar store. I give them $2 to pick out two things they want. They could both spend HOURS in there.

Elephant's Child said...

Thank you.

mail4rosey said...

You're welcome. I've never seen any falls as grandiose as that one, and that's the one I want to see. :)

mail4rosey said...

I've done that before too, and you're right that's a HUGE hit with the littler ones, and still a hit sometimes w/my older one (since they have make-up there). :)

Susan Kane said...

What a wonderful date! Have to confess I am envious of you and your 6 yr adorable son.

Ann Jones said...

I love having nights with my kids :) It looks like you guys had a great night!

Mionna Henderson said...

This is too cute!! Date night with parents are fun and special. I hope to do these my future children!

Becky M said...

Such a cute idea for date night! I bet it makes him feel so special!

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Sandra Cox said...

Sounds like a wonderful date.

~ Noelle said...

what an awesome date night...
i love times like this with my baby boy too

Mel@Mellywood's Mansion said...

Oh that sounds like the perfect night. I'll have to take the kids to nut job, I hope his little bot was too sore after a tumble from the big chair.

M Clark said...

Sounds like a great date night!! I wold have chosen to roam the isles of Home Depot as apposed to Office Depot, but all in all it sounds like a pretty decent night.

Judy SheldonWalker said...

Date nights are great. I have them with my grands all the time. Thanks for sharing.

Binky said...

That's really nice. Well, other than the fall. I hope it was soft, but kids are pretty bouncy. Not like us old folks!

Theresa said...

What a perfect mommy and me date night! Too bad he fell off the chair though! Those seats really are high up there!

Ai Sakura said...

Ahahha my kinda guy! Movie plus a trip to see office supplies.. I love office supplies too! ;p

Ai @ Sakura Haruka

mail4rosey said...

6 is def. a good age. :) Thanks for the visit, Susan. :)

mail4rosey said...

We've done these since way back when the now-25 yr. old was a kiddo. Fun stuff. :) We also do kid days, where they get to write a list of things they want to do for the day (non-monetary) and those are a huge hit!!

mail4rosey said...

Thank you, Mionna. We all look forward to them, that one on one time is nice. :)

mail4rosey said...

He's a gem of a date. :)

mail4rosey said...

My kids are fun dates. :) Thanks for stopping over. :)

mail4rosey said...

Little cute Broxton. :)

mail4rosey said...

Nothing was hurt but his pride. ;) Thankfully he recovered from that very quickly. :)

mail4rosey said...

He's not a HD fan (ghastly, I know), but I could sure clock some hours in there, that's for sure. :)

mail4rosey said...

We have a baby grand now too, but she's too far away for date nights. :(

mail4rosey said...

He wasn't hurt. :)
And things to stick easier when we get older, and phooey to it!! ;)

mail4rosey said...

I knew better than to let him sit in those big old chairs. S'ok, live an learn (me and him). :)

mail4rosey said...

I love that quirk, it's not expensive at all (my favorite kind of activity). :)

Organized Chaos said...

That is adorable! We also try to make special dates with our boys! LJ is still a bit small to understand but it is creating the moments! It sounds like you two had a great time!

Cheriese said...

Aw this is too cute!! If I ever have kids I'd love to do date night, adorable!!!

Carla said...

That sounds like so much fun. Since I only have one child and a husband who works A LOT (50-60 hours on a good week, 100 or more on a busy week, like this one), I go out with just my son a lot. But a lot of times we are running the errands I need to run, instead of him getting to choose. He enjoys running errands with me, but there is something magical about it when I let him make all the choices for himself.

(Terry) My Journey With Candida said...

My Hubs and I started one time doing Date Night... didn't last long.

mail4rosey said...

That's it, Carla. When they get to decide it takes on a whole new fork in the road, and they love it!!

mail4rosey said...

Yeah, we don't do date nights either (me and hubby). It's rare when we go somewhere w/o a kiddo in tow. Which is fine with both of us, but it does make those one-on-one times more special

Colette S said...

Oh Rosey I love this! It's wonderful that you get to do this with little man.

And in truth , my kids have begged to sit on that high chair in subway so many times and I've said no. I kinda giggled when you said he fell off the chair and then you moved to a booth. It's like we just know as moms, but I'm glad you conceded.
You are a wonderful mommy.

I have date nights with my kids too. They look forward to these nights alone with me when they only have one hour. Because it's usually a school night.
I wish I could take them out like you get to, but it's just me and them and of course other things.
I guess it will change as they get older, but for now, these are precious times.

What a great night for you both and I LOVE the end. snow looking like diamonds. wow. Kids huh

mail4rosey said...

And you got some of those 'diamonds' there! Unreal!

Colette, my heart stopped when he fell, and his brother (on the phone) laughed!! hahahaha

Poor little guy. :) All's well that ends well though, and it was a good night. :)

mail4rosey said...

I know we (the parents) like it as much as the kids. :)

mail4rosey said...

They're super easy to make happy when they're little like that too. ;)