Do you and your spouse have a date night? I highly recommend it. Most of the time though, mine and Ben's date nights are usually nights in, spent with take-out and movies from Redbox. I mean, the costs of going out on a "real" date nowadays are just astronomical. It used to be that we could go somewhere and split a meal and make goo-goo eyes at each other and easily only spend $20 total.
Now though, we not only have the cost of our date activities, we have the cost of a babysitter, which is sure to at least double the price of our date. Then there are also scheduling problems so that by the time you actually get a babysitter, and have gone on enough "dates" to Target that you can afford a babysitter, that by the time you get to go one a real date, by golly you don't want to split a meal! You've earned your !#@#$% entree! Heck, you've earned an appetizer too! Why shouldn't you get the fancy flavored lemonade instead of water? So when it's all said and done, a "real" date costs so much that you can only afford to do it once in a blue moon.
Well folks, tonight there is a Blue Moon. I am half-prettied-up. Getting ready to "put my face on" and go drop the kids off. Do you know how this night was possible? Because our church youth group had the best idea for a fundraiser I have ever heard of. They are sponsoring a Parents' Night Out! So you can drop your kiddos off from 5:30-9:30 and the youth group + the certified nursery staff will watch your kids for a donation to their missions trip. GENIUS!
Now, not only do I get babysitting that isn't $10 an hour, but I feel like I'm genuinely helping others by having them watch my kids. It is win, win, win, win, WIN!