'MEGA Date' a date night must for busy parents.

Karen - posted on 10/10/2011 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My husband and I have 4 very active children all of them involved in one or more sport/activity/church function that requires an extensive amount of time/energy. Both of us work up to 7 days/week and have little time to sit with eachother and relax. For several years now we have made it a priority to have a weekly date night. Whether it consists of us dining out alone or going to a private kereoke room, we have come to cherish this once a week ritual and it has become a wonderful time for us to connect in the middle of our chaotic week. A couple months ago we were out on our routine date night that just so happened to fall on a weekend. We were not far from our home, just a couple cities away and we were having a blast. When we came to the end of the night, I wanted to cry. We had been through a rough couple of weeks with sick children amidst the usual chaos and we both felt stretched thin. This had been so therapeutic that we just couldn't end the night. After a phone call home to get the 'ok' from our babysitting grandpa, we checked into a local hotel. The room was gorgeous and we were in heaven, enjoying our night without a time limit and eventually falling asleep in eachothers arms. The next morning we woke, had breakfast and drove home to our children. It was a revelation! 'MEGA date' had been born. In place of one of our weekly date nights, once a month we find a nice hotel located in a neighboring city or a few cities away. We have dinner at a nice local restaraunt, sample the night life and return to our hotel. In the morning a nice breakfast and then we are back to our children, refreshed and renewed in eachother and ready to take on the world! We came up with the name "MEGA" date because we are major office fans and for those of you who relate, it has to do with the character Dwight and his 'Mega desk' that he creates when a coworker is on maternity leave. He combines all of his favorite computer games on a series of desks with his work and is happy in his own world. Anyhow, I hope you find happiness in your little corner of the world and know that you need not go hundreds of miles away to 'get away' together. With some hotel research on the internet located in just the right spot your 'MEGA Date' is just a reservation away! Enjoy!

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Karen - posted on 10/28/2011

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Sounds wonderful!! Those little quiet moments together are just as important! When your children get bigger finding time to sneak away for a little longer will get easier. How exciting that you are planning a weekend together! I hope it works out that you get to go! I know all too well what it feels like to leave those precious little munchkins to be together. I fight down that worried feeling even after years of going on date nights. I always tell myself that when the children are grown and gone, it will be me and my honey remembering all our adventures together. Have an aaaammmmmaaaaazzzzing anniversary!

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 10/27/2011

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My DH and I don't 'Mega Date' because of finances. We go up to my MIL's in Canoe, leave the girls with her and her boyfriend for a while then walk down the road to the beach where he proposed to me. We usually stop at the corner store on the way down to buy 2 drinks and a snack . It's getting colder out now and it was rainy and damp when we were up there last week, but it's a nice 3 mile walk and we enjoy being able to spend time alone without wondering when when of the girls (7 years and nearly 8 months) will need something. Plus it's nice to know we don't have to spend a lot of money to enjoy being with each other.



We are trying to plan our honeymoon (Lee and I were married 7 months ago this Sunday and weren't able to get away because our baby was only a few weeks old and he was only down in NY for a 2 weeks before heading back up to BC) up in Revelstoke for next month. It'll just be a weekend and it'll be the first time our baby has been away from both of us and soley bottle fed. But I think it'll be worth it if we can afford it.

Karen - posted on 10/16/2011

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A little research in the cities around you and you will be pleasantly suprised at how many inexpensive and even free events you can find to enjoy with your spouse. We have not always been able to afford the more lavish adventures and some of our favorite date nights cost little to no money. Major surrounding cities offer a host of events free to the public. Don't be afraid to get creative and pack your own home made dinner to take with you. On a tight budget, creativity is the key and no matter what your budget, date night is for everyone! :)

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