Those of you who are parents know how it feels. Fall is a busy time of year for families. We have piano practice on Mondays, ballet and gymnastics on Tuesdays, church on Wednesdays, 2 soccer practices and a standing afternoon meeting on Thursdays, some random get together or party on Fridays, soccer games on Saturdays, and church on Sundays. Dating your spouse is very important; but, when exactly is that supposed to happen?

Well, I tried something new on Friday. Perhaps it will work for some of you who find yourselves in a similar, time-deprived state of living.

1.) Order one of your spouse’s favorite meals from somewhere that delivers. I used www.reddbutton.com. They deliver from several of the nicer restaurants in Amarillo. It basically costs the same as eating at the restaurant (You pay a delivery charge in lieu of tipping a waiter). I placed my order at 3pm to be delivered at 7:15pm.

2.) Rent, buy, Redbox, or Netflix a movie that you’ve both seen but wouldn’t mind watching again (Pick a movie that you’ve seen before so that you are comfortable talking during the movie.) Tip: you can get a free Redbox movie for a day with code BREAKROOM or DVDONME or DVDATWAG (if rented at a Walgreen’s Redbox).

3.) Put your kids to bed a little earlier than normal (our normal bedtime is 8pm. I put them to bed at 7:45).

4.) Topic of conversation: bucket list. If you haven’t already, spend some time creating a written list of things that you greatly desire to accomplish in life. Ask your spouse to create a similar list. Talk about how you can make some of these things happen. Side note: among other things, I discovered that my wife wants to go glacading. Who knew?

5.) Put your cell phone away.

Give it a shot. See how it goes. Do you have any other time-starved date night ideas? I’d love to hear them. Leave a comment below.