As I mentioned in my last post, I l-o-v-e my DFFs, and they are really great to pull me through on a rough day. Monday was just such a day - I was a frumptastic mess (except for my fab sock-bun!), the kids wouldn't nap, laundry was piled up. to. my. ears, and there was weeping and gnashing of teeth...and the baby was crying, too. All afternoon the girls bolstered my resolve to not go nuts.
|My Hunky Hubby :-)|
So, I quickly threw together a date night theme. It's a good thing, because it turned out, he needed something different after his hard day, too. We'd been talking about re-watching a clever sitcom that we have enjoyed together in the past, so I started there. Then I had the inspiration to
I quickly created this invitation, which he found on his side of the bed when he got home from work. (Don't be embarrassed, we are married, after all!) ;-)
No, it wasn't the most glamorous of dates; we didn't go out, we weren't dressed up, we spent zero money, and the kids were there for a major portion of it, but we had some relaxed time working and laughing at something -- together. I could have carried my negative, crummy attitude from the day all the way through the evening, but sometimes you just gotta shake things off, sacrifice that desire to be cheered up and coddled by someone else, and take action to turn the day around.
At the end of the night, hubby thanked me for my positive attitude that had improved his funk, and I actually felt better, too! And the laundry situation was back under control. So, maybe ditching the girls for the evening wasn't such a bad move, after all.
And now, check out some of these great posts for more inspiration!
The gals over at Dating Divas shared this fabulous idea for a Date Wheel that can help you choose what night-in activity to go with on short notice. It's a free printable! Definitely doing this!!
Need some more budget-friendly ideas to help fill your date wheel? Try heading over to Love, Actually blog for a whole load of them!
Now, my hubby loves hanging out with me (yay!!), but what if yours isn't that into "just hanging at home" and prefers to be out with the guys? To Love Honor and Vacuum had a great post yesterday addressing just such an issue. She brings up the importance of planning and especially incorporating your man's favorite activities, whether they are your favorite or not (remember this tip about sports season?) And if you think that the happiness of your relationship doesn't rest on your shoulders, consider that you are responsible for your feelings, and waiting for your husband (or anyone but Jesus) to make you happy is a recipe for a long and unhappy life.
Please share your favorite budget-friendly or night-in date ideas! We all need more inspiration!
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