I am not one of those people who can leave her kids with just anybody. But my mom, my sister, and my brother's wife (3 of the select few we trust with our brood) live so far away. As a result, James and I don't get out much. The last time we went out on a nighttime date, "date" was to the Military Ball. Last Fall. 2008.
We have learned to take advantage of times the kids would otherwise be occupied--like when they are all in school. We do a lot of lunch dates. (One of our favorite places is Ruby Tuesday). James is off this Friday, but the kids aren't. The plan is to head to the movies the moment Isaiah's bus pulls off. "Paul Blart: Mall Cop" starts Friday and we want to be among the first to see it. A noon showing would be perfect timing.
It's not exactly the carefree "dinner and a movie" of our dating and childless married years, but we'll take what we can get.