Valentine’s Day is quickly coming up, and that usually means we do something special for our kids and occasionally enjoy a dinner date—just my husband and I. Besides the traditional chocolates and cologne or a new tie, what would be your ideal Valentine’s Day? If we want to include the kids in our celebration, that is fine too. I would just love to do something that would really make my man feel loved and appreciated.
I’d rather ditch the gifts and find something that we can experience together as a couple. Whether it’s a new restaurant, concert, or exploring a nearby town – I like trying to keep things fresh and exciting.
We don’t have children, but I’d imagine that’s even more of a reason to carve out some important one on one time. Invest in time and experience instead of gifts and we both win.
First, keep the cologne. I have enough ties already—don’t wear any of them on even a semi-regular basis, but I’d be okay with chocolate-covered salted caramels. Maybe there’s too much attention put on Valentine’s Day. That’s pretty much the way my wife and I think of it. A bit too practical maybe. Maybe. We’ve been married for nearly 10 years and we have three great kids. Planning something now is that much more of a challenge, but it wouldn’t be impossible. That being said, what would I want to do for Valentine’s Day?
I want to wait until the weekend to celebrate the day. That way all of us could do something together. I don’t know exactly what that would be. We’ll grab lunch at some point. Likely run an errand or two while we’re out. Like I said: too practical, maybe. The main point is that it’s something that we do together because it’s important to me that our kids have shared experience with us.
Not to sound sappy, but I didn’t get to experience that as a kid myself. That’s why the kids are definitely coming along. Let’s go bowling—the kids have never been and it would be a riot to watch them. Hiking would be fun, if the weather is nice. I think it’s plain to see that the where and what is far less important than the who.
Like I mentioned earlier, there’s too much attention, too much emphasis on one day to let your significant other know that you love them absolutely. There are 364 more days that you should be sure to do the same. Doing so will demonstrate to your kids what true love really is.
The salted caramels would be great though. I promise I’ll share.
Yep you got it, his stomach. If your area has couples cooking classes that could be a great way to enjoy time together while learning a new recipe. Wine would also go nice with a couples cooking class.
If you aren’t able to find a sitter for the evening, grab some takeout and enjoying a movie night. We like to get two movies, one for the adults and one for the kids. If we don’t have to cook and get to watch an adult show, sometimes that feels like a date-night without leaving the house.
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