Sitcom Cliché

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Tucker and I are becoming a bad sitcom cliché.

Both kids were in bed last night and Tucker and I were on Twitter on opposite ends of the couches.  Tucker brought up the fact that it was nice that both kids were asleep and that we were having some “alone” time.  [You know you’re a dork when you’re alone time spent with your husband involves two laptops.]

As the conversation progressed, we both agreed that maybe we should try “date nights”.  Before last night, I had always snickered at the idea – who wants to become that couple.  How pathetic.  But, upon further examination, I realized that it’s been over two years since Tucker and I have seen a movie in the theaters or hung out at home without at least one kid latched on to my boob or not had to worry about someone waking up other than us.

When we lived in Florida, date night wasn’t an option.  Cara refused to take a bottle and there was no one close enough to us that I would have trusted to keep her.  Actually, Alana lived close but I had no intention of “punishing” Alana with my rather high needs child – Alana’s son is VERY chill and I’m not sure that she would have liked me much after chasing Cara around for a couple of hours.

Now that we live smack dab in the middle of all of our family, the idea of a date night isn’t as impossible as it once would have been.  Also, Oliver is a pretty chill dude and though he doesn’t appreciate a bottle, he will resign himself to chewing on the bottle’s nipple until some milk gets in his mouth.

I have a feeling that our date nights will be rather bland affairs consisting of no kids and Tucker and me sitting on the couch while we watch a movie or he plays COD4 but at least it will be just us for a couple of hours.  I think that with all of the bullshit that Tucker’s going through with school and with all of my stress with having picked up another blog [that makes four if you’ve been counting] a little bit of “no kids” time might not be such a bad thing.

On a completely random note, I have a short story that I’m going to submit to a short story contest whose founder guy messaged me on Twitter – looked for the link so that I could include it but got bored.  [Did that sentence make sense?]  Don’t you love that?  I’m writing about submitting a short story to a contest and I’m asking if my sentence structure makes sense.

Anyway, if I win then I’d make $985 after I took out the entry fee.  So, keep your fingers crossed for me if you don’t mind.

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  1. Date nights are wonderful things. Sure, they’ll be bland at first because it’ll take a while to get your “couple groove” back, but once you get the hang of just being the two of you again you’ll be amazed at how much fun you’ll start having together sans kids. Enjoy!

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  2. When my husband and I reached the “date night” stage, and I think just about any couple with young kids reaches it, right?? We would go out for an early dinner. The dinner was free through work and I could have a drink or two and adult conversation. We would say we were going to a movie afterward, but shhh…we actually rented a hotel room!

    He got a really good deal through work and it even cost less than a movie. It felt a little dirty, but it was the only way to get alone time. Could have saved our marriage at a critical point.

    We haven’t gone on a date night in a while. Now the kids are old enough to go for sleepovers with grandparents or aunts.

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  3. Date nights are actually a lot of fun, for us at least. My wife is my best friend, I’ve known her since highschool, and I love spending time with her. We just made it a rule that we do something that we can’t do with the kid and it works great. Usually dinner and then a bar to talk, a comedy club, a play or something of the like.

    I have to agree with Ashlie though. A lot of times whatever we had planned for after dinner gets blown off in favor of “extra-curricular activity”. We’ve never rented a hotel room but that seems like a cool idea for the future.

    But you should definitely try date nights. I love MiniPoe, but some times you just have to have time to spend with your spouse, just the two of you. You should definitely take away the video games and try to spend time together instead of just in the same room without kids. It’s really nice to be with the person you fell in love with as husband and wife instead of mommy and daddy.

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  4. You’re a dork. You know I would have loved watching Cara for a couple of hours!

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