Family Fun

Date Night

February 10, 2014

Growing up, my family had a monthly tradition of daddy/mommy daughter/son dates. I can still remember Mom taking me to Swenson’s ice-cream parlor for club sandwiches and teddybear sundaes. Or when Dad took me Hallmark hopping, on a mission to find Beanie Babies. Sweet memories and cherished time we shared together without distractions.

Recently, we’ve adopted the same tradition in our family — this past Friday night my first date with Gage! Meep! And yes, as odd as it sounds, we both had butterflies (and maybe skipped once or twice).

Before heading out, Ryan sat him down and went over a few rules: 1) always open the door 2) hold her hand and 3) keep her safe. Boy oh boy, did he take that seriously. If I let go of his hand for even a split second, he was reminding me that it was his job to take care of me! Too cute.

We hit the arcade to play some skeeball and a few other games. Let me tell you what, he’s got quite the drive (and arm) for such a small guy! And “no helping” was allowed. I think I maybe got two turns out of the ten!

Of course, the claw. Try explaining how this whole thing works to a 3-year-old. After winning a Beaver in a red hoodie (all on his own), he understood the object perfectly. The tricky part was explaining, we just got lucky — rarely does anyone win.  So he tried to put his Beaver back up the dispenser to give someone else some luck too. I told him we needed to take him home so Daddy would believe that we really won!

Glow in the dark AND no stinky rental shoes required? I caved for the $2.00 mini bowling.

Of course, a date wouldn’t be a date without a cute Valentine treat — Krispy Kreme sprinkled donuts, his favorite!

Sugar bear, you’re one heck of a catch! Let’s make sure we do it again, real soon. Sure do love you, buddy.



  • Reply jennifer little February 10, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    This is precious, precious, precious! We might have to start this tradition!

  • Reply Briseidy February 10, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    this looks and sounds like so much fun! cool photos

  • Reply Michelle February 10, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    Oh, I just love this. When my husband and I have children this will definitely be something we do. 🙂 Gage is just the cutest!

  • Reply Sarah Graw February 10, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    how fun!!! this is something that we need to start doing with our 3!! fun times!!

  • Reply Kelly at Turned up to Eleven! February 10, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    It’s either my PMS, or my biological clock but reading the bit about how he reminded you he was there to take care of you and keep you save when you dropped his hand made me well up. SO, SO sweet.

    I love this tradition – I can’t wait to see more date nights!!!

  • Reply Caitlin February 10, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    Aww! My Dad used to take me to Swenson’s too! We used to go every weekend after going to Horsetooth. I had my first banana split there and I remember they had these orange chocolate milkshakes that I loved so much. Thanks for making me all weepy! 😉
    This is a sweet idea… thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Jessi Benshoof February 10, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    This brought tears to my eyes! Loving the love 🙂

  • Reply Cas February 10, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    I love how your husband is instilling rules for the future girls that he will date. He is going to be the most perfect, sweetheart with all the right appreciation and respect for the women in his life. What a great idea and so much fun.

  • Reply Kellie February 10, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    I love this idea! I just gave birth to my son a month ago and I cannot wait to adopt this tradition as well. I totally cried reading how your husband prepped Gage. Such a sweet family. Thank you for sharing!

  • Reply jaclyn February 10, 2014 at 10:27 pm

    OMG my heart melts!! this is the cutest idea in the entire world!! and just the cutest! love the pictures too

  • Reply Ashley February 11, 2014 at 2:33 am

    This is seriously the sweetest thing I have read in a long time! You and your husband are doing an AMAZING job raising your boys!! 🙂

  • Reply Steph February 11, 2014 at 3:38 am

    Oh my heart just melted 🙂 what a sweet night for you and your boy.

  • Reply Brianne February 11, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    I love this!! I am going to do this tradition with my littles!! 🙂 Love your blog!!

  • Reply Jennifer Collins February 11, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    How sweet! Love these shots 🙂

  • Reply Mel February 12, 2014 at 1:45 am

    OMG this is the cutest post ever! I love the “rules”. What a sweetheart and you both look like you had such a fun time!

    xo Mel
    turquoise blonde

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