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Sometimes we can get so wrapped up in the day-to-day with work, kids, school, obligations — that we forget to take time to nourish the things or people that are important but that aren’t “have to’s”. You get home from a long day at work and the last thing you feel like doing is meeting friends out for a drink. Or you finally get your kids to sleep and you’d both rather go pass out than go on a date. You forget to call your mom. It’s easy to succumb to the exhaustion or the busy or the work. That’s why you have to prioritize the date nights and the girls’ nights out and brunch with friends and the phone calls with family. It’s easy to say, but so much harder to put into practice. My husband and I have basically given up on date nights since we had a third baby. Between getting the kids to bed, not getting consistent sleep at night, finding a babysitter, and just being beat at the end of the day we have under-prioritized our own relationship, and date nights nourish that. We need it. So last week we made a date and booked a sitter and made a reservation. And even though I was up since 4:30 am and so tired, I didn’t cancel. We went and it was so so good.
We decided to go somewhere new and different instead of the same old spot we always go to (creatures of habit). So we headed to LA Live and tried Ford’s Filling Station at the Marriott. We didn’t have to rush through a meal while holding or feeding or nursing our kids. We dined! We ordered drinks (The Quiet Storm, so yum!) and had an appetizer. We indulged in scallops and filet instead of choosing a meal that we know our kids will eat since we always have to share. We shared with each other instead and it was delicious. It had been so long since we treated ourselves like that. And we ordered dessert. For each of us: berry cobbler for me and strawberry shortcake for my date, and we traded half way through. I’m still dreaming about those desserts. And then we strolled around L.A. Live and did some people watching before we headed home. It is such a great spot for a date night, girl’s night out, or for guys to hang and watch a game. And there were lots of people gathering for post-work happy hour hangs too. We must have said at least five times how nice it was to be out together and how badly we need to do it more often. We can’t wait to go back! How do you prioritize date nights or the important people in your life when things get super busy?