A few things inspired me to write a post about date nights, one of them is my husband and I went out for dinner with our friends a few weeks ago to celebrate our anniversary and two we haven’t been out without our children in tow since the early spring. I think plenty of people especially parents will agree with me that having date nights are an important aspect of their connection to their partner, because as parents we often forget that our relationship needs attention, just as it did before children. We’re now facing different challenges that extend outside of ourselves and it’s even more important to communicate with each other. I think of date nights as an opportunity to reclaim who we are as a couple because much of the time we’re too busy being mom and dad, employees, bosses or friends to remember. On date night we get to take a step back, even if it’s for a few hours and appreciate each other. When we talk about our children on date nights it’s more in a reflective way, we laugh about funny things they say or do, and how we imagine them as adults. We tend to talk about places we want to travel to and make plans for our vacations. Our conversations are not centered on a to-do list type of activities, there’s plenty of other times to share this information. Relationships take work, especially the life-long ones. While it’s great to be content and comfortable, you don’t want to take each other for granted and become distant. So here’s a recap of our date night with another couple and our plan on doing more date nights.
That particular evening my sister-in-law babysat the kids, side note ~ her children are in their early twenties so she’s free! We also have a babysitter however my sister-in-law offered as a way to help us celebrate our anniversary and it was free so who can say no that right!?!?
For our evening out, we headed into Boston which is a quick 20 minutes ride from our home. We chose The Warehouse Grille in the Financial District of Boston, great menu with an extensive drinks list. The entire space has a modern edgy feel and vibe to it, with great music playing in the background. After our dinner we decided to walk over to the North End neighborhood of Boston, because let’s face it if you’re going to get desert you go to North End. The nice part of our walk from the Financial District into North End is that we walked through the Greenway. It felt good to walk outside in warm weather, plus we walked off some of the calories from dinner. I remember as a child going into the city where the Greenway was all highway space and about a decade ago it was turned into a park. We probably walked for about 10 minutes before getting into the North End. We stopped to take some pictures including the one above, my dress is from Target and I’m wearing my favorite Sperry boat shoes. I haven’t walked around North End in a few years to see the changes to the neighborhood, there’s a lot of new construction taking place modernizing the living arrangements. I love that this neighborhood still has a European feel to it with its cobblestone sidewalks and narrow streets, glad I wore flats though. We planned to stop by and get desert at Modern Pastry, but seeing the long line of people trying to get in we decided to keep on walking. There were so many tourists in the North End and rightfully so, it’s one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city and in the country. We ended up skipping on desert and headed back towards our car.
Date night doesn’t have to be fancy, or cost a lot of money. Some date night ideas I can think of is seeing a movie, bowling, taking a painting or a cooking class, seeing a show or taking an exercise class. There’s plenty of things couples can do together, whatever date night consists of it’s the fact that as a couple you’re alone for a little while and focus your energy on each other. I found this article while searching on the internet that’ll give you more date night ideas.