Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Tuesday night dates

Miles and I decided awhile ago that we wanted to spend one on one time with each of our kids. We decided to start having regular date nights. We talked about a lot of different ways to do it and finally decided on a system that would work for us. Tuesday night is date night and we rotate turns: Daddy & Scotty, Mommy & Grant, Daddy & Collin, Mommy & Scotty, and so forth. We only do one hour to make sure we have time to have family dinner and keep our bedtime. We don't spend money except for an occasional small treat. We let Scotty choose what he wants to do. For Grant & Collin we try to pick something that they would enjoy. We do simple things- even just taking the date kid downstairs to play while everyone else stays upstairs. The boys LOVE date night. It didn't take long for even Grant to pick up on what it means and he gets really excited when we tell him that it's his date night. Miles & I really love it too. It's really nice to spend one on one time with each of them without any distractions. We get to focus just on them and do what is fun for them. We hope that as we continue this tradition that our boys will always enjoy being with us and will always feel comfortable talking with us.

Here are a few pictures from some of our recent date nights.
Scotty and I went to the temple grounds to see the "beautiful" flowers. Scotty really appreciates the beauty of nature and I loved sharing this with him.

No boy can stay away from the water!

We had a great time.

Grant & I went to the library. We played for a long time with this little kitchen set and play food.

He got to pick a book.

Then when we got home we played outside in the rain for a little while. He thought it was hilarious to put his head under the dripping water! Goofy boy!

Collin & I played on the computer. He loves Alpha Baby and doesn't get to do it very often so he was in heaven!

He loves to bang the keyboard and push the buttons on the mouse.

It was fun to just let him bang as long as he wanted.


Jodee said...

What a GREAT idea!! I love it! We might have to copy your idea! Thanks for sharing!

Mike and Becca said...

that is awesome lori! great idea

Mel said...

FUN idea!! What great memories you are making!