Seems silly, huh? Well, it may be for some, but we love it! I heard about this from a friend and thought, “Why not? Can’t hurt to try it.” Quite the contrary---we love it!
You will need a small jar, mini popsicle sticks, marker, something to hold your weekly popsicle stick, & creative date night ideas.
Write down a date plan on each popsicle stick and place it in the jar. Make sure you have lots of “free” dates in your jar. Here are a few of ours…
Make dinner together
Cuddle on the couch with a good book
Excersise and Smooties
Write a song/poem together
Monopoly Deal & M&Ms
Settlers & Vernor floats
Take a walk
Chat over coffee or cocoa (he doesn’t like coffee)
Look at wedding pictures/dating
Instrument fun (guitars, banjos, etc)
Old Show & snacks
Game of Settlers
Create a new recipe
Watch a Documentary
Cuddling on the Hammock
Pizza and a Movie
Burgers & Fries
SkipBo & skittles
Our kids go to bed at 7:30 so we just wait to “date” then. However, if it’s my turn to plan the kids often help me cook or set up stuff. They get excited about our date time too. We take turns being “in charge” each week so it doesn’t just fall on the same person to be creative and such. I have loved this aspect! My hubby is the sweetest thing ever and his creativity and fun is AMAZING.
Some of our out of home dates include…
Putt- putt Golf
Out for ice-cream
Round of Golf
Burgers & Fries
Goodwill & Mc Donalds
Last week’s date was a round of golf and we had so much fun together. I will have to say I am not the greatest golfer, but it is something that my husband loves to do and he is a great teacher.
Make sure your activities are balanced in what each of you enjoy doing. If you chose only things you like it will not be as much fun for your spouse.
Pick a night of the week that works best for your schedule! We have Tuesdays as our nights since it tends to be the only night of the week that something isn’t going on. It helps too to not schedule other things if you have this set aside as date night!
Place your jar and weekly date somewhere where all can see so it doesn’t get forgotten! I spray painted an old scrabble tile holder to hold ours. We have it on the shelf of my baking cupboard and the weekly date stares at me all through the day. It gets me excited and it makes me think about what I will do if it is my turn.
Never stop dating your spouse! I promise you that you will not be disappointed if you attempt this mini “project.”