My husband and I used to book a sitter — or ask our parents — nearly every month for a date night. While once a month was a far cry from our newlywed years, when we used to go out to dinner every Wednesday and Saturday night, it was better than not going out once a month!
We haven’t had a sitter watch the kids for a date night since February. While my parents lived with us while I recovered from foot surgery, most of that time coincided with the pandemic. Therefore, it wasn’t until they came back for a week in August that we had our first dinner out as a couple. It was lovely! We love our kids, but feeding just ourselves and not listening to any whining at dinnertime was great. Therefore, my parents encouraged us to go out again when they visited for a few days in September.
I was convinced our September date would be the last one until the springtime, but we lucked out last night. We visited my in-laws in Connecticut over the long weekend. The weather was warm for an early fall night in New England and they were up for watching our kids so we went out! We dined al fresco at Bartaco, which is located along the Saugatuck River. The tables were more than six feet apart, there were heat lamps to add warmth, and we stayed safer with contactless ordering/payment. After dinner, we drove to Saugatuck Sweets, where I ordered a small cup of rum raisin ice cream, which is quickly becoming a new favorite flavor. (Note: I tried rum raisin for the first time in August!)
As I reflected on our bonus dinner out, it left me wondering if we’ll manage to eek in one more dinner out in November on an unseasonably warm autumn evening. Or are we finished eating out until springtime… or once there’s a vaccine? (Whichever comes first!)