2016 was markedly absent of regular date nights for Chase and I. Aside from a cast party, a sparse dinner out or our family vacations, there was little time spent alone with each other. The extravagant steak dinner night we had on our Carnival Cruise made it painfully obvious how much time we spend working or with the kids, and how little is spent one on one with each other, talking and learning more about each other. Therefore, we made a pact together to get in some more date nights, and promised to plan it for the other.
Chase would take 6 months of the year, and I the other. Whoever the planner was would arrange for a night out doing something THEY wanted to do. Hopefully, the other spouse would enjoy it as well, but we saw this is a wonderful opportunity to see what kinds of things each other liked to do, and wanted to share with the other.
For the first month, I chose something I’d always wanted to do, but never taken the chance… painting, and cocktails! Following a huge Mexican lunch, Chase and I visited a Southern restaurant for apps, cocktails and a luscious set of desserts, which resulted in the clean plate club!
Next up, painting and wine (or beer!). A selfie to get the night started, and to prove that we indeed had a date night!
After a short tutorial on our open canvas night, we chose our copy projects, paints, and positions in the studio. There were about 15 folks present that night, but only a few chose the same canvas to paint. Chase made me all verklempt when he chose to paint an Olaf canvas for Scarlett, who is the newest (and biggest) Frozen fan on the block.
I picked a little coffee mantra to hang in my office, for my mornings always start with a hot cuppa joe. It was so soothing and therapeutic to once again create a wet scumble on the canvas, detailing as I went along. It took the stress away immediately.
I was quite proud of our finished products, and even more proud of Chase, who doesn’t often show his artistic flair. It made for a great date night, getting us out of our comfort zone and away from bingeing a movie. I can’t wait to see what Chase has planned for our next date!