Last week saw the launch of a new tradition in our humble abode, which will hopefully stop me reaching the weekend without having a single meaningful conversation with my husband. We’re so bloody busy all the time. We have two kids (that’s enough work right there) and Tim works full time and is studying towards his Chartered Accountancy. We both go to the gym. He plays tennis. I write this blog and some nights, I do ‘real’ work at home as a contractor. That doesn’t leave a lot of time for gazing into each other’s eyes or pondering the meaning of life.
Recently I was fondly remembering the old days when we would sit in front of the fire and have very passionate… Scrabble championships! We’d switch off the TV and play cards. We’d grab a glass of wine and watch a movie, cuddled up on the couch. Since having kids we’re often too tired to pay enough attention to each other.
So we’ve decided to make every second Friday OUR night. We’re going to take turns organising a date night – at home! One of us will be responsible for seeing how much fun we can have without leaving the house or breaking the bank. An important part of the date nights will be an actual meal together, once the kids are in bed and the chaos has subsided.
We started last Friday. I bathed the kids at 4pm and fed them early – a simple dinner of eggs on toast whilst simultaneously prepping an epic paella (the guilt as they happily munched away on their poached parcels!). It had been a long week, so we got the shattered sweethearts into bed nice’n’early and managed a meal where we sat down, enjoyed our beer and wine and chatted.
Life with kids is busy, but if you get creative, there’s always time to celebrate your spouse. Most importantly there’s always time to totally waste their arse at Scrabble. I got 328 points after getting 50 bonus points for using up all my letters with the word ‘elocution’. Victory!
PS: If you’re looking for a great paella recipe, try this Healthy Food Guide beauty – Chicken and Mushroom Paella.