Date Night Co-op

11 Sep

Have I told you all about our Date Night Co-op? I can’t remember if I’ve ever blogged about it. Here goes anyways…

Ryan and I are firm believers that dating your spouse is a must. It’s not an option really, but a requirement. We feel that setting aside time specifically to be alone is so important and just plain good for a marriage. So, we try to plan dates often. Get away from everyone, including kids, and just go somewhere and talk, laugh & have fun together as a couple. Just one on one, quality time. Thankfully we live close enough to my Mom and she is our all-time favorite babysitter. And bonus…Grandma’s don’t charge! On occasion, we’ve had to hire a sitter, but not very often.

About six months ago, we started a date night co-op with some friends from our community group (idea stolen from Jamie). Here’s how it works. We got three other families that live pretty close to us to go in on it. We picked a night that worked well for everyone and set up a rotation schedule. Our date nights are the second Friday of every month and each couple takes a turn in hosting it. For example, last night, Ryan & I babysat all of the kids at our house. Next month, another couple will host and so on. So, you end up babysitting once every four months and the other three months, you get a free date night! Its also great for the kids, because they love getting together with their little friends to play at each other’s houses. Its neat to babysit for your friends, because you know you are contributing in some small way to keeping their marriage healthy! It’s really a blessing & works out well for everyone involved. Ryan & I LOVE it!

So I would encourage you to 1. always, always, always date your spouse and 2. start a date night co-op with some close friends! It’s so easy and well worth it.

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3 Responses to “Date Night Co-op”

  1. Jamie Ivey September 12, 2010 at 9:17 pm #

    Love this! Our date night co op had 13 kids at our house!!!!

    :)jamie

  2. Jennifer September 14, 2010 at 12:23 am #

    How fun!! Eventually we would like to start one of these because we never get to have a date night… since family is 1000 miles away and it’s not always feasible to pay a babysitter and go out. Our date nights are usually at home, after the kids are asleep eating some homemade dessert and watching a favorite show on hulu.com (since we don’t have cable either, LOL!)

    I think it’s fantastic that you have a wonderful group of friends to do this with! What a blessing!

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