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Friction32Date night

Having been raising 3 kids the oldest being 18 and the youngest being 13 my wife and I rarely get to have any time to ourselfs. The last time was a couple of months ago. I planned the entire evening without telling her anything. I called her before she left work and told her I had something special planned and for her to go home and get ready to go out. I ordered out for the kids before I got home so they would be taken care of.

We both got ready and the first stop was a romantic dinner at a newly opened Italian resturant which everything from the food to us just sitting there holding hands and talking was great.Then we went to see a movie which we havent done by ourselfs in years. After the movie we stopped for ice cream then made our way home.
The entire evening was awesome and very relaxing.We came together like we havent in a long time.The kids were all asleep in thier beds when we got home and we quietly made out way to bed where we made slow passionate love for what seemed liked hours.
It has been a very long time since we had an evening like that and we are planning more.She told me to just surprise her and not tell her so it would always be special. 8 years ago

Sans domicile fixeWe had two dates this weekend

Since this was my husband’s birthday weekend, we had a single date on Saturday and a double one on Sunday. Saturday night, we went to Dave and Buster’s, it was nice and quiet in the restaurant area. After we had dinner, we went and played some games; skee-ball is my favorite game, then we played the casino like games were you drop a coin in and it slides to knock the other coins off the ledge. It was a nice time playing games with no kids around.
Sunday night we went to the Mike Epps and friends comedy show, it was so funny. We won 4 tickets to the show and after party,so we took my BF and her escort. The show was so funny that my jaws hurt from laughing the next day. the afterparty was alright, the vip dj sucked, so everyone in vip went downstairs. We left the party at 1am, and went to Denny’s. It was such a fun weekend going out two nights in a row, and enjoying being an adult. 8 years ago

mamaspeakDate Night on a Budget

We have two toddlers so every day is full of activity, diapers, crying, messes and lots of hugs and kisses. Date night is essential to our marriage and makes us better parents. We’re on a tight budget but we try to go out at least once a month…usually out for sushi. Once a week, we open a bottle of wine, light some candles and just enjoy each other’s company. Sometimes we’ll watch a movie, sometimes we’ll play cards and sometimes we’ll just listen to music and enjoy each other and that’s my favorite. Date night is good for us and keeps our foundation strong. 8 years ago

Sans domicile fixeIt was soo romantic

We got all dressed up, and went to eat at The Cheesecake Factory. While dining, we had a lovely conversation, which is hard to do with two toddlers. After dinner, my husband and I took a stroll down the trail at the Arboretum. The night was perfectly lit by the moon, the breeze was just right, and it seemed like it was just us in that moment. The night had gone so well, that we decided to go home and finish the date. 8 years ago

toonbugOur Love Story

Not long after I started “hanging out” with my wife, the number 1111 began to show up EVERYWHERE. I noticed it first on clocks (that’s why we always referred to it as 11:11) and the wierdest part is that it didn’t matter what clock I looked at or what time of day it actually was, more often than not, it would be 11:11 or 11 minutes past the hour. I know it sounds like maybe the clock stopped but no, this was on many different clocks; dashboard clocks in cars, clocks on stoves, wall clocks, microwave oven clocks. It was wild.

But then it began showing up in other places. On invoices, license plates, our order number for our pizza, among others. It was becoming clear to us that someone was trying to tell us something. We told ourselves that we were forcing it, that we were subconsciously looking for the number. It was there all along, right?

Well, it kept coming up. The suffix of a close relative’s phone number,1111, Sylvia’s birthday, my sister’s and my father’s birthday, AND the anniversary of my grandparent’s are all on the 22nd (eleven and eleven). So, to satisfy our curiosities, we looked in bibles, reference books, astrological and dream books, anything we could find that might explain the repeated appearance of this number. We found nothing that we thought justified it’s representation.

We thought we had an answer on the day that I proposed to my wife. I had a huge day planned for Valentine’s Day in 1995. But the one thing that I hadn’t planned on was at what point I would actually ask for her hand. It just had to feel right.

I started the day with a two-song serenade, a box of candy for her and one for her mother, a dozen red roses and, a banner that said “I love you Sylvia” across the sidewalk in front of her house. I had laid out a day that included a Napa Valley Train Luncheon through wine country, a ferry ride from San Francisco to a bayside restaurant for dinner, and horse and buggy ride to a comedy show. The theme was “getting there”. There must’ve been a dozen opportunities (or maybe it was only eleven) to propose but none struck me as “the right time”.

To cut to the chase, I ended up proposing to her that evening at 11:11pm. The funny thing was that I hadn’t even noticed. I was on my knee telling her about the theme of “getting there”. How it didn’t matter how we got anywhere in our lives but that we were together when we did. She cried and buried her face in my chest for I don’t know how long. When she finally pulled back from me to say “yes”, she turned her head and said “Look at the time!”.

We had our answer; destiny. But that wasn’t it…entirely.

Two months later, I got a job at the company I’m working for now. It was my first day of work and my first task was to enter information into a database for software registration. Of course the very first serial number I entered contained 1111. I went to share the story with my new co-workers, one told me “you’re kidding” and I said “No, really you wouldn’t believe where this number pops up.”

She said, “I married my husband on 11/11 at 11:11am because it’s an old Buddhist belief to do what makes you happiest at eleven-eleven.” I couldn’t believe it. And the fact that she referred to it as eleven-eleven too.

Finally, there was an explanation that we could agree on. We have found true happiness in each other and it’s revealing itself in this number. The only thing is we’re not Buddhist. Aw, so what? That doesn’t matter.

The number represents what makes us happy and serves as a constant reminder of the happiness we share. I love my wife like I have never loved anything before and the fact that she loves me makes me the happiest man alive. 8 years ago

GigglingVixenDate NIGHT!!!

My hubbie and I had a Date Day on New Years!

Like children we went to see the Harry Potter movie, buying junk food and enjoying a date like we were in High School again! What a great way to start the new year! :) 8 years ago

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