An Idyllic Weekend

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Do you ever have those days that turn out exactly as you’d envisioned them – or even better? I had one of those weekends!

It started out Friday night. Brian and I were supposed to have a date night but had forgotten this was the weekend of Brianna’s her first homeschool dance. Not to be deterred, we enlisted the grandparents’ help with Megan and Josh went to spend the night with a friend.

We dropped Brianna off at her dance and decided to hang around in the area.  We went to dinner at TGI Friday, a place we rarely ever visit since the only location in town is out of the way for us.

After dinner, we took a walk around the downtown area, hand-in-hand, along the river and over a gorgeous bridge that spans the river. The nearly-full moon was shining beautifully, reflected on the water.

I know it sounds crazy since the moon is obviously always three-dimensional, but you could just see it, in relief, hanging just above us in the sky. It was beautiful. The whole romantic setting was completed by a gentleman playing his saxophone on the street corner.

It was a perfect date night.


The next day, Megan and I spent the day together – something she wanted to do for her upcoming birthday. We started the day by going to Lowe’s for one of their “build and grow” workshops, where Megan built a police car. It was so much fun – enough that I may start dragging myself out of bed early every other Saturday.

The kids even get a kid-sized Lowe’s apron and a patch for each completed project. They can sew the patches on their vests and wear them each week.

We hit a couple of thrift stores before stopping for lunch at Applebee’s. I really thought Megan would choose a fast-food place, so it was nice to be able to sit down at a nicer restaurant and enjoy some time with her. We played the games on the back of her kids’ menu and chatted while we waited for our food.

After lunch, we did some shopping, just us girls. We found Megan three pairs of jeans, three tops, and a pair of shoes – much-needed, practical birthday gifts. We stopped for an ice cream after our shopping spree before heading to the grocery store out of necessity.

When we got home, Brian and Brianna were still at his parents’ house watching a football game and Josh was staying another night with his friend…so Megan and I decided to go out for dinner.

She chose Steak ‘n Shake. We had so much fun chatting and goofing off. The server accidentally gave Megan two kids’ menus, so we did silly stuff like racing to see who could find all the words in the word find first and who could finish their maze first.

Megan must have told me at least two dozen times thank you for taking her out and how much she enjoyed our day together. I did, too. We’re going to have to do it much more often – though definitely more frugally next time. And, Brianna and Josh are going to have to have a turn.

Dating my kids is almost as much fun as dating my husband. It was a wonderful weekend.

Do you make time for one-on-one time with your kids? What are some of your favorite things to do? What are some of your favorite memories?

 photo by preety1996 on flickr

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Kris Bales is a newly-retired homeschool mom and the quirky, Christ-following, painfully honest founder (and former owner) of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers. She has a pretty serious addiction to sweet tea and Words with Friends. Kris and her husband of over 30 years are parents to three amazing homeschool grads. They share their home with three dogs, two cats, a ball python, a bearded dragon, and seven birds.

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  1. Wonderful! I have a lot of time with Kathryn, and hardly any time with Lindsey these days, but I am trying to think of ways to make purposeful, enjoyable times together with each girl. So glad you had a wonderful date with your hubby & with Megan.

  2. Mommy and me day is very important at our house. Even though I am with them everyday, it is so nice to go out together for mommy and me. Coming up soon is a free movie and Subway for lunch on a Saturday before I head to work. My 13 yr old son never wants to go out. He is happy when we all go out as a family. He really misses his sister if she stays home.

  3. Sounds like a wonderful weekend. I love spending one-on-one time with my kids. It is always nice, no matter what we do, even if it's just grocery shopping.
    We were on vacation last week and I missed the link up for my wrap-up post, but I hope you will come and visit anyway!

  4. Sounds like a wonderful weekend!  One on one time with the kids, as well as date time with our husband is so important!  We all need it, that's for sure.

    I hope the rest of your week is as blessed!

  5. It was great seeing you @ Lowe's! Happy B-day to Megan.  Every Tues night is date night @ our house.  1st Tues of the month is Tim n I's date, 2nd is Ethan's, 3rd is Chloe's, and 4th is Jaida's.  We alternate parents.  the parent staying home with the other two try to do something special with those 2 at home.  We keep it simple and less than 2 hrs.  Usually, it's just dessert and time to talk.  The kids are always saying how much they love it and they won't let us forget it.  We love it too! The years are passing to quickly.  Those times spent together are priceless.  Keep it up!

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