First off, we're one of those families that doesn't get a babysitter very often. We've only had a handful of family members watch one or both of the boys when we can't. We bring them with us everywhere. I know there's a lot of people out there that think we're crazy for that but I like to keep the kiddos close, that's what works for us.
But we do need a chance every once in a while to go out without the kids. So after my sister had her boys (yes, twins. and they're fraternal in case you're wondering.) we decided to do a date night swap. So each Tuesday night one couple gets to go out for a couple hours and the other couple watches all 4 boys.
|Tyler (2 1/2 years), Isaac (6 months), Devon (7 1/2 months), Parker (6 months)|
Here's some things we have on our date night list:
•Dinner: There's so many places on our list that are difficult to go to with a toddler and baby so we just do a slow dinner for most date nights.
•Go to an art museum
•Go to the antique mall (We found out that they close at 6pm so we'll have to do that on the weekend sometime.)
•Grocery Shop: It has to be done and sometimes it's the only night that works, but it's nice to be able to shop without the kids.
•Buy house project stuff at Lowe's: Yup, we did that for one date night. We refinished the deck on the last nice weekend before it got cold and had to use a date night for picking up supplies.
So, sometimes our date nights are nice quiet nights for us and sometimes they're functional "our week is too busy and we have to check stuff off the list" kind of nights. Either way a break from the kids is good from time to time.
What do you do to get out without the kids? Do they go to a regular babysitter like an Aunt or Grandma or do you have a list of sitters? Will you be going out for New Year's or having a party with the kids?
What's our plan for New Years? We're having Christmas at Aaron's parent's house since everyone was sick when we were supposed to go up. We'll be whispering "Happy New Year" with sleeping kids on our laps! (If I can stay up that late!)