Ty and I got a sitter and spent the day at the Saratoga Race Track's Luxury Suite for a work event. Best seats around + perfect weather = the ultimate date day. Ty and I are really good about having a day or night out with just the two of us at least once a month, usually more. We used to take turns planning but this summer has gotten us off schedule a bit. We love to think of different things to do to keep things feeling fresh. As most of you know, I'm that wild Leo soul that needs spice in my life. Ty is pretty content with however we end up but at the end of every night out, he will also tell you that everything seems a little less stressful. I know the importance of time away as a couple instead of being Mommy and Daddy all the time. Don't get me wrong, those jobs are amazing and we wouldn't trade them in for any night out. The key to life is balance. So we make it priority to do this. If you feel like your relationship is been in a rut....make going out AT LEAST once a month mandatory. I promise you it does wonders.
We drank drinks, ate food, bet on horses and laughed the day away. I guessed the first 3 winning horses....I bet Ty wished he had listened to me know, doesn't he? haha....
I compiled a list of date ideas that Ty and I have done or have on our to do list. I'm always open to new ideas so if you have any, comment them to me below!
- Go to the drive ins to watch a movie. Bring an air mattress or lay on some blankets in the back of a truck. Bring some beers or wine and snuggle up together under the stars.
-Dinner in the Park. Sometimes the mundane of eating in your kitchen every day can be monotonous in itself. Pack up a picnic and head out to a park to eat together with no distractions.
-Get another couple to join you for dinner. I always love meeting other couples that are in the same boat as we are. Leave all the kids with a sitter, (split the cost if you have to) and go grab dinner and listen to some music.
-Ice Skating. Depending on where you live, sometimes it's fun during the winter months to take an evening to go ice skating together. Outdoor rinks are the best experience but you can even do this at an indoor rink during the warmer seasons. After, go grab a hot toddy at the closest place or make your own :)
-Try a local event. Here in Saratoga we can go to the Horse Track or watch a Polo Match. Take advantage of those events that your area holds.
-Couples Massage or Couples Pedicure . This is self explanatory. A little R&R is always a great idea. Nothing like a good day of relaxation to reset your spirits.
-Boating/Sailing. This may seem far fetched if you don't live close to the Ocean but it's really not. Going on a sailing trip together is my favorite but even canoeing on a like or going down a river in a tube is a good alternative. Get a little sun and then have some lunch on a dock or sand-side after returning.
-Horse back riding. I have this on my to-do list for Ty and I. I'm not sure how he feels about it but I know it would be an adventure for sure.
-Something a little more low-key is Wine Tasting. Go taste some wines at the nearest winery. Ty and I did a wine for our first Anniversary here, and it was the best getaway I've ever had with him! This is another great one to bring another couple along.
-Back yard Campfire. So you don't have a sitter? Wait until the kids go to bed, turn on the monitor and then start up a fire in the back-yard or patio. We bought a small fire pit at Lowe's and it was $150 well spent. We start a fire and have a couple cocktails. I always make smore's. Easy date night.
-Dance class. This is an idea I've been toying with for awhile now. I LOVE dancing but Ty does not dance- so I thought it would be a fun idea to have him come to a dance class with me. Takes the guess work out of it for him and pleases me. This could even be fun for couples that love dancing a lot. Try a different type of dancing that you aren't familiar with like salsa or swing.