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Monday, September 15, 2008

First Date

Well, this is a picture from our very first date ever . . .though that’s not what this post is about. But don’t we look so young? I guess, we were. We were 19. It was almost nine years ago. It was October 23, 1999. And we were just friends. We were at a date function for Sigma Alpha, my social club. Our dates were supposed to be surprises . . . we weren’t supposed to know who they were until we showed up. But I had made a list of prospective candidates and gave them to my big sis (everyone did this – not just me). Jeremy was on the list. The boys on my list were specifically “safe boys”. Boys that I knew wouldn’t think anything of this little date and it wouldn’t turn into anything. JUST FRIENDS! At this point I didn’t know Jeremy too well. He just seemed friendly and fun. I didn’t really want to be in a relationship. Oh how things changed over the next few weeks after this particular night.
Well, this past Saturday night Jeremy and I had another first date. It was our first since Holden arrived. It’s not that we wanted to wait this long to have a night out. We just didn’t know what to do with our baby. But we actually found another couple to trade off babysitting with. That way both couples will each get date nights every other weekend. I think it is going to be a nice arrangement! So Lauren and Blake gave us the first date night as they were at home with their 2, Noah and Kaitlyn, plus Holden. Noah didn’t want to participate for the picture. But he is 3 and I’m sure was a big help with the babysitting. Kaitlyn is just about 3 weeks younger than Holden. They will be buds in no time.
So we started the date with an Italian dinner. It was strange sitting there without Holden. For the past 4 months, we have just toted him everywhere we went and now it was just the two of us. We quickly got over the weirdness and decided to enjoy the night. Dinner was delicious and we were off to a good start. Then we followed our plans and went to an improv comedy club. Before it began we decided it was going to be dud and we decided to leave. Strike 1. We opted to head to the movie theatre and see something there. Well, by the time we got to the theatre, the movies weren’t going to be starting for another hour, which would have put us back at Blake and Lauren’s house much later than what we had promised. Though I’m sure they would have been fine with it, we decided it wasn’t such a good idea. Strike 2. On our drive back towards home, we stopped at a place with go-carts, bumper boats, putt-putt, etc. We decided that we would play putt putt (even though I was in heels). Well, we were told that most of the holes were flooded from the recent rain. Strike 3. Since it was only about 8:30pm at this point and we weren’t ready for the night out to end, we ended up at WalMart. By far the absolute worst WalMart in this city. We needed a few things and decided that it was as good of a time as any. So we left WalMart with: Smart Balance Crunchy Peanut Butter for me, plastic bibs for Holden, chips and crakers for Jeremy, Jet Dry for our dishwasher, and a last minute purchase of Lucky magazine because I noticed Jessica Simpson on the cover. And that was our date. So exciting right? But it really was a nice night alone. We will just have to plan better in the future. Looking forward to many, many more dates with my husband. At least 2 a month to be exact.

6 comments:

The Myers said...

Oh my goodness. Love the picture of y'all at Trick-or-Treat. I remember that night oh so well. :) So glad y'all had a chance to get away.

HaleyP said...

Everyone needs a date night!! Brian and I are far overdue on one. Isn't it funny how spending time together without children is priceless..even if it is at Walmart?!

The Coopers said...

That is so funny, cause Daniel and I did the same thing the first time we left both Carson and Cameron with some friends that we trade off with. We went to dinner, couldn't think of what else we wanted to do and then went to the nice Wal-Mart. We laughed and said atleast we were not having to tote both the kids. Doesn't really matter what you do, just do it together!

April said...

This is so funny, because Luke and I can always think of things we want to do until we actually get the chance. Then it often goes..."I don't know, what do you want to do?" I am so glad you guys have this wonderful arrangement!

Robin said...

I found your blog from Molly Shockley's blog and wanted to say that you have a beautiful family. Your baby boy is just precious! He and my little girl are about the same age, I think. She was born May 2. Anyway, we adopted our first little girl when Molly and Blake adopted Owen. We met them at Deaconess.
Love your blog and hope you don't mind me snooping! =0)

The Skains Family said...

How funny! Oh the memories of Jeremy entering your life. I love the picture of trick or treat. That is awesome that you guys are switching off. Great idea. I am ready for a date myself!