Sunday, May 07, 2006

Date nites of the poor and unknown...

Ok, I am now officially jealous of Robin. She is moving to Arizona soon and will be living close to family. Man, I miss that! I used to live within a mile or 2 of my parents. After my divorce I moved to Utah and married my soul mate. At the time I moved, my sister lived here. But then she left me in June 2003 to move to Oz. :( I miss having family around for lots of reasons: Built in friends, game nites, holidays and BABYSITTERS!! It's really hard to find (much less afford!) a sitter for 5 kids. And it's even harder to find time alone with my husband with 5 kids without leaving the house. The last 2 weekends we have had family in town. My mom was here for a week. During that time Seiuli and I were able to go out to dinner at Red Robin and then see the movie The Sentinel. It was so nice not to have to worry about the kids and to know we weren't going to go broke paying a sitter! This weekend my in-laws were here visiting. They babysat the kids Saturday evening. Sei and I picked up dinner and a dvd, then headed up to Squaw Peak. We brought blankets, a pillow and our portable dvd player. We ate in the back of Sei's truck and then put on the dvd Fun With Dick and Jane. We piled the blankets on top and just chilled. I guess we could have made out like a lot of the couples that go up there, but we're old and tired. ;) It was so nice. There was actually quite a bit of people up on the peak, but lying down in the back of the truck we totally would forget about anyone being there until we'd hear people talking or walking by the truck. It sounds kinda funny, but it was actually such a great date!! We enjoyed the time together and felt refreshed and ready to face church in the morning with a 2 1/2 year old that says he "needs to go potty!!" every 5 minutes and then crawls out of the chapel on his knees barking. Anyway- I highly recommend the homemade drive-in movie to all couples- even if you can afford to go to a real movie. It really was fun and pretty darn romantic.

Dinner at Costa Azul - $13
Drinks from Chevron - $2
Dvd from Redbox - $1
Getting thru an entire dvd without anyone asking for "Choc nilk" - Priceless

11 comments:

Katie said...

Sweeeet Tori. I'm totally jealous of your Squaw Peak date night. And I feel for you on the babysitter thing. No one wants to babysit our twins--come on, there's only two of them!

Gina said...

I am so happy you got two dates recently... so awesome! The squaw peak thing is a great idea.

Tori :) said...

Katie- I would watch your boys and Alli. It can't be worse than when Kelsea, Karlea and Isabel were all 3. I swear 3 year olds can have pms!!

Robin said...

I am jealous of YOU. I haven't had a real date without kids forever. Curse you nursing baby! I don't trust anyone with both of our kids, well not teenagers anyway. I am probably paranoid, but we don't get out. It will be a relief when I get more time away from the kids than 1 hour for Sunday School. We really need to make Trent and Robin alone time a priority because I am losing the little sanity that I have left!

Tori :) said...

I was starting to feel like that- and I'm not even nursing. I just never had a break from the kids at all. You know it's bad Walmart by myself for an hour is like being in heaven...

Nettie said...

Good for you! When my son became old enough to babysit for the first time it was one of the best days of my life. Do you have a friend with a similar number of kids you could exchange babysitting with? I love your date idea. Very romantic!

itybtyfrog said...

What a fun date idea. I love Squaw Peek. I haven't been there for ages!! I am with you on the babysitting thing...it is such a pain. I am glad you got a little time with hubby!

Kara Elmore said...

HOW FUN! I'm so doing this 'date' thing. Found you on itybtyfrog blog. So great!

~j. said...

Nice. I'm right there with you on the no-family-around thing. In some ways it's really great, but when it comes to dates - yeah, right. And going away together as a couple? Forget it. I have offered to exchange kids for date nights with our neighbors, who have 5 kids, and I really wouldn't mind, but they just laughed. I think they thought it wouldn't be fair to me. Oh well...

Tori :) said...

Jenny - I'll be unfair and exchange kids with you. ;)

Tyler and Ruth said...

so, i would probably be one of those obnoxious people up at squaw peak who catcalls at everyone. glad to hear you had such a great time on such a creative date.