Date or No Date?


As the busy, frugal parents of two young children, Paul and I have had to get creative when it comes to spending time together. Thankfully, we have family living in town, so we do get to do the standard movie/dinner/parking thing every so often. But in between times, we’ve learned to embrace the moments how and when they come along.

What do you think? Can we count any of these as actual dates?:

*Instant Messaging each other sweet nothings from across the living room.

*Taking the kids out for burgers and playland time so we can talk and do origami together.

*Meeting each other in a fictitious online world (where, by the way, I assume the form of a perfectly-proportioned six foot tall elf maiden) to battle orcs, dragons, and trolls side by side.

*Writing notes to each other in sidewalk chalk on our front porch.

*Walking around Costco trying all the free samples and taking turns in the demo massage chair, pretending we might actually buy it.

*Picking out cards for each other at the grocery store, reading them, and then leaving them there.

*Doing housework together (because there’s nothing more attractive than a man loading the dishwasher.)

*Laying in bed talking way longer than we should be up.

*Tag team grocery shopping.

*Blissfully collapsing on the couch under Willie Ford to watch a movie while the little whirlwinds that are our children rearrange the furniture and dump out every single toy they own.



10 responses »

  1. Winning the official ‘date’ title isn’t really the point, I suppose, it’s great that you two enjoy those little moments together!

    Though dinner/movie/parking ain’t bad, either! πŸ˜‰

    But for the record? I’d totally classify those as dates! πŸ˜€

  2. I think it is so awesome that you guys bond over gaming. My best friend and her fiance are like that, too. Unfortunately, my bf is NOT technologically inclined. You have no idea how infuriating that can be…

  3. I think these not only count as dates, but count as serious quality-time dates!! You guys are a wonderful couple, who truly have dedicated themselves to each other and to your family. I am so touched by your relationships, Katrina!!

  4. Definitely qualify as dates. If you want, you could break them into “minor” dates and “major” dates – but they all count!! It’s so nice to know you still write on the sidewalk in chalk. Every time I see a bucket of that stuff I think of you!

  5. We consider any conversation/dinner/exchanging-of- glances not interrupted 50 times with “Mommy!” or “Lookit me, Daddy!” qualifies as a date.

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