Wednesday, October 28, 2009

What Do YOU Do For Date Night?

Sunrise at Cocoa Beach, FL

I'll be the first one to admit I'm not the most spontaneous person. I am a planner- I like things to be highly organized and well thought out. But sometimes you just need to throw caution to the wind and live a little. My hubby brings that side out in me and I've been trying to make a conscious effort to bring even more of that attitude into my daily life so I don't miss precious opportunites. So far, it's going really well and bringing me a lot of joy.

This past weekend my husband had just arrived home from a two-week business trip. I had lived on my own for ten years before getting married so I'm no stranger to an empty home and I don't need to have someone by my side on a daily basis for it to feel like home. However, by about day 10 I was really missing him and just wanted to wrap my arms around him and give him a big hug. When he came home he wanted to surprise me with a fun date idea. He arrived on Saturday afternoon so we went out to dinner that night and were planning to drive to the beach to watch the sunset. Since we both had had a long week and were stuffed from our meal, we decided to go straight home and call it a night. Our big plan then became to get up before the crack of dawn and drive 45 minutes east towards Cocoa beach. That is just what we did. We got up at 5:45am and were out the door by 6:00am.

Cocoa Beach at 7am in October

We arrived at 7:00am and the weather was gorgeous and breezy, and the water was warm and heavenly! There is something special about being one of the first few people on the beach. We had expected a large orange glowing sunrise at 7:33am, however there were some dark, ominous clouds covering the sun, but instead we were able to see a bright glow across the sky, it was something to behold. We strolled hand in hand along the beach for about an hour, just watching the seagulls catch little fish (their breakfast), observing little crabs scurrying across the sand and admiring some of the crashing waves.

Hubby in his sweats at the beach awaiting sunrise

This was one of the most special dates we've had. Afterwards, we grabbed a quick and inexpensive breakfast before heading back home. It was so freeing not to have to plan or pack anything other than a towel and some bottled water, we simply jumped in the car and headed towards our destination.

I simply adore sea oats that blow in the wind!

What do you like to do for date night or daytime dates? Do you frequent the movies, do you plan picnics in the park, go ice skating or do you prefer to stay in? I thought it would be great if everyone could share with others what they enjoy, so that we can all get some new ideas to do with our significant others! Please leave a comment and share your favorite ideas...


  1. Hubby and I go to an expensive restaurant of our choice, usually Red Lobster(expensive for my area). We then will either go to a concert or movie. Sometimes we will get a hotel room for the night. When you have two little ones, this is a must do at least twice a year! Sometimes we will go to a sporting event like football, racing or baseball, or sometimes we will just go fishing! As long as we are together without the kids, we consider it a date. We try to do the things we enjoyed before we had kids, just not as often, so they seem to be even more enjoyable.


  2. With expecting my second child any day, our dates haven't been as exciting as what they used to be. We have done several things in the past that I look forward to experiencing again.

    I love going dancing. Not to a club, but to places where you must actually dance. The place we frequent has ballroom instruction before the dancing begins.

    We are season ticket holders to the symphony and opera, so that is always nice in my book.

    I love going out to fancy restaurants where you must dress up and children and discouraged.

    Taking drives up into the mountains, especially in the fall!

    I can't forget one date that seems to really stand out. My husband loves photography so we headed to the downtown area where the historical building are and spent the afternoon taking pictures of the architecture.

  3. Angie and Nicol-these are great ideas-good for you!

    My husband and I have been meaning to get out to a UCF football game and I love the idea of heading downtown with a camera to do some photography. :) I do this all the time on vacation, I love architectural photos but haven't invested any time doing it here in FL.

    Right now it's just the two of us but I know quality date time will be more of a challenge once babies are in our life. It's so great to hear that you're making time for each other.


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