G-man and I rarely go out on our own (unless you count going to Target while the kids are at camp). But like a real date.....I can count on one hand how many times that has happened since we had the kids almost 9 years ago. And given our current circumstances...this is something we need to work on.
I have asked G-man to take the lead on this....but this is just not his bag. So I decided that I needed to show him how to do it. Sort of like when we are teaching the kids something...you have to MODEL it first before you can let them try it on their own.
So on a whim...I decided to plan a date. I called around and found a sitter for the evening (at $10 an hour....but that is the going rate. *sigh*). G-man knows we have something planned, but doesn't know the specifics. Actually....he doesn't know about the sitter.....
We will be going to a new noodle house that opened in town a few months ago that got really good reviews. And we will be going to see Harry Potter! I bought the tickets on line yesterday, and sprung for the 3D IMAX ones. I picked them up already so we wouldn't have to wait in line. It is going to be busy there tonight!
I bought G-man a new outfit (shorts and a polo shirt, from Marshall's), which I will lay out on the bed while he is in the shower. And I got a new skirt (he loves me in skirts...and I rarely wear them. This is long and flowy, and Bohemian). And I got some shoes...which were needed by next week anyway.
Clothes - about $150 for 2 pairs of shoes, shorts, 2 shirts, and a skirt)
Movies - $36, plus popcorn if we choose
Dinner - I am guessing about $30-$40, if we get drinks.
Sitter - $60-$70
YIKES. We are at about $300. Even if I didn't get the clothes....we would still be at $150. For dinner and a movie. Days of a cheap dinner and a movie are gone!! But I am not overly upset. We need to spend some time together. And I need to show him how to plan a date (get a sitter, pick a restaurant.....). The clothes...those were just a bonus.
Sometimes you have to invest in your marriage.