In honor of Valentine’s Day next week this weeks #specialsaturday theme is “Us Time”.
My wife Regina and I have been blessed by great parents who for almost every Friday night since our kids were little have given us a date night. We always go to the same place to eat, El Mariachi’s, and order the same food, Las Tapatias with no pico de gallo and two waters. We have been there so many times that the servers know what we are going to order before we even say it. Our date night usually lasts 2-3 hours but it is the time I look forward to all week when we can spend time together just the two of us and for a short time forget about all the crazy stuff that is going on in our daily lives.
Usually once or twice a year we have been able to spend a night at a hotel just the two of us which is always fun. We are thankful for parents and Cece’s Personal Care Attendants during these times as they take good care of the kids so we can spend this much needed time together. It is weird to be away from the meal routines, getting ready for bed routines, sleeping routines but we need this time away to have a break sometimes.
Last year we were able to participate in a marriage seminar called “Weekend to Remember” in Rochester Minnesota. It is a Friday night through Sunday afternoon Bible based seminar filled with wonderful speakers. We really enjoyed spending the time together and refocusing on our marriage and being away from the kids for a few days. This year we are still undecided if we are going to attend the seminar again but we have started a Weekend to Remember group page http://www.familylife.com/groups/specialparents . If you register for any of the seminars make sure to us the Group Name of SpecialParents to receive a discount on your registration.
We also try to spend a few minutes everyday after the kids are in bed to talk and sometimes watch movies together. It can be challenging to find “Us Time” but in the long run it is essential.
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