This week was my turn to plan. I am, amongst other things, a wedding officiant and had a ceremony to perform this weekend. Since it was at 4 I decided there was plenty of time for date night afterwards, but since things had been rather hectic for us for awhile and we were going to have a big and busy day on Sunday what I really wanted was a quiet night at home.
Once my wedding ceremony was taken care of, I stopped at Panera Bread for take-out. I was having a real hankering for their divine mac and cheese, so I got that and half a sandwich and soup and half a sandwich for John. We ate together as a family then put the little guy to bed. Once he was out we started the rest of our date: 2 hours with no technology. No smart phones, laptops, TVs, iPods, etc. We turned everything off and spent the next 2 1/2 hours giving each other back rubs and talking. It was absolutely wonderful and we have decided to implement mandatory tech-free time several times a week. Total cost was about $25 for dinner.