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