By Juliette Perez-Calaf
Calling the God of Date Night! Thank You God of Date Night!
I have been married 3 years and 8 months. In that time, we've had two girls, and I started my own business while my husband started his. During the week I work, work, work.
When I'm not working I make time for The Little Gym or perhaps a quick stroller ride. When my husband comes home I try to dedicate as much time as I can to him and to some serious family bonding. Once the girls are in bed, I go back to work until I finally put the laptop away for the night. My husband is a developer so on Saturdays I take a real estate class from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; I want to help him with his venture as much as I can.
Since both of us have crazy busy schedules, I have a lovely woman that helps me at home during the day. She is an Angel. While some may think this is extravagant, please keep in mind that I live in Puerto Rico. Having someone in your home is the norm and cheaper than day care for two.
Also, my family lives in the U.S. They love the girls and love taking care of them. They practically beg me to send them over. My husband's family lives here, just down the street. Unfortunately, they are not so willing to babysit. They have other grandchildren who they seem more willing to babysit but that's another blog posting all together.
My mother-in-law was gracious enough to remind me of "Date Night," though. This is a concept that's alive and well in her marriage. I knew my husband and I needed a date night, but it was hard to figure out how.
For us, date night includes our Angel, the lovely woman who helps me out during the week. But anybody will do, especially if the babysitter is willing to do this on a regular basis. Our night is Friday nights. We've had three date nights so far and they have been spectacular.
When was the last time you and your husband made time for each other?
Juliette lives in Puerto Rico with her husband and two daughters.