Patch: Are you convinced the chocolates, jewelry and roses are a thing of the past, or are you determined to keep up the romance?
My husband is usually pretty good at acknowledging Valentine's Day with something. Usually a floral bouquet to grace my dining room table. I love fresh flowers at any time during the year (hint hint).
As for chocolates, not really my favorite. I'm more of a Hot Tamales type gal and jewelry just isn't practical at this time in our lives. There is more important things to spend our money on.
Romance? What is that? I have to admit that my husband has never been much of a romantic. I shouldn't expect something from him now that he didn't have 25 years ago when I married him.
He is a great provider, dad and husband but when it comes to romance, it's just not his thing. He's never been one to plan a special evening or event. It's always been up to me and sometimes I just don't feel like doing it. Between work schedules, schooling and practices, it's not even practical anymore.
Patch: How do you get creative and make time for your significant other?
Unfortunately, with two older kids at home, there isn't much "alone" time. Someone is always around.
Every so often we go out on a date and say how we should do it more often but then it's months before we do it again. Our schedules are too busy to just go away overnight and for the longest time, we just couldn't afford that luxury.
Needless to say, when we do get a free moment, we make the most of it because it doesn't happen too often.
Patch: Do you think date night is important? Where do you usually go and what do you do with the kids?
I think a date night is absolutely important and I wish we did it more often but I feel guilty leaving my 14-year-old alone while we go out. The ideal time is when the kids already have plans but that doesn't always happen at the same time.
It's actually quite nice having a dinner conversation that isn't geared around the kids and what they're doing. In actuality, we should make more time for each other but it's much easier said than done!