Before we had kids, we decided we weren’t going to be “those parents.” Ya know, the ones who NEVER went out on dates. We figured we’d at least have a couple of dates a month. Hellooooo, babysitter.
It’s been over four years since we brought Big Roo into the world. We laugh whenever we think of our pre-kid proclamation.
That’s not to say we don’t EVER go on dates. But to give you an example, since Little Roo was born 15 months ago, we’ve been on maybe five or six dates. I say MAYBE because I can honestly only remember like three but I’m sure my forever-baby-brain brain forgot one or two. I’m pretty sure one was a work Christmas party too so that probably doesn’t even count. According to our 2006 selves, we should have had 30 dates since Little Roo graced us. Hahahahahaha.
So, why don’t we have dates that often? Money and time. Mostly money cause I sure as hell would make the time. When you don’t have in-laws nearby, dates become a $100 affair for dinner and a movie. Even “cheap dates” still call for a babysitter (need to get on the co-op thing).
That’s why I was STOKED to get tickets from Disney to see the new Pirates of Caribbean 4: On Stranger Tides.
Who? What? US? A date? Do you see how excited we are?
I honestly didn’t know what to expect with the movie. I mean, you get to the fourth movie in a series and you wonder if the series will jump the shark. But I was pleasantly surprised.
First off, I just loved that the movie brought back a “treasure hunt” we’re all familiar with: the search for the fountain of youth. The movie even brought one of the most famous pirates of all into the mix: Blackbeard. Oh yeah, and there were mermaids that freaked me out yet mesmerized me at the same time (the visuals in those mermaid scenes were fantastic). I actually enjoyed Penelope Cruz’s character even better than Keira Knightley’s. Did I mention those mermaids? They sure weren’t anything close to Ariel.
In fact, the movie was so great I felt pirate-y afterwards. Arrrrrgggghhhh, me hearty.
We were back in about 3.5 hours and spent most of the time watching a movie. BUT we did get to talk in the car to and from the movie without kids talking over us, screaming in the background or wondering aloud if we’re “there yet.” And that was just as great as staring at Johnny Depp—I mean, watching the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie.
So, tell me: how often do YOU get out for date night?
Disclaimer: I was given free tickets to the Pirates of the Caribbean 4 screening but decided to write this because helloooo we had a date. Let’s hope there are more dates in our future.