Date Night Routine

While I’ve started to work out again (to get back to the woman that maintained a well-balanced life), I’ve come up with another thing – not a resolution! – that will begin in 2019. You know, deep down we all kind of hate this whole new-year-new-me attitude, because we don’t have to wait until January first to start something new or change something, but this post is totally a new year, new me thing – ok, it’s a new us thing because it’s all about our new date night routine.

THE REASON

While we were dating, and when our friends didn’t have kids, etc., we went out a lot. We would go downtown and grab drinks or do other activities (including our whole mini golf phase) on the weekends; however, now that things have changed, we began to binge on movies and tv shows, opting to stay in instead of go out.

And, when we do go out, we tend to pick someplace super close (like one of the various restaurants downstairs) or familiar. So, in 2019, we’re going to change that because, let’s face it, we have a long time together. There’s no reason to get into the habit of lounging around. We need to explore more of Orlando and spend some quality time together too.

Did I mention that I was gifted the book about the various love languages? Mine is quality time, which is probably why I’m so focused on this new date night routine.

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THE PLAN

So, here’s the plan. Adam and I will go on two dates a month. One of those dates I will plan and one he will plan. There aren’t rules, except that I don’t want to be out late on a Sunday night (oh…you know, school/work). I know that we can both be tired on Friday nights, depending on how our weeks went, so we might not be out each Friday night. Plus, we can even do some day dates too.

I know that I’ve got a few ideas up my sleeve already and I’m excited to begin sharing them with you. To be honest, I think that a lot of it will be featured in stories – but I haven’t decided if the stories will be on the blog’s Instagram or on our couple Instagram.

These dates will start the first weekend in January, the weekend of the fifth. Oh, and did I mention that these dates will not be double dates? Yeah, it’ll have to be just us two! Woohoo for quality time!

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OUR FIRST DATE

I couldn’t create this post without discussing our first date, could I? Absolutely not! I have to discuss, in part, how it’s going or working. I mean, we haven’t been on a get-dressed-up-and-go-somewhere-new date in a while. Ok, it hasn’t been that long. We did travel to Sedona, after all; and, when we travel, we go on a nice date at least once.

So, on this “first” date, Adam took us to Hillstone, which is located in Winter Park. We arrived there around 5:00 or so, to grab a drink while we waited for our table. Due to his delay in deciding which restaurant we went to (because he wanted to make sure that dinner counted as a date!), we didn’t have a reservation. The wait was a little over one hour but we enjoyed watching the sunset and chatting over drinks.

In truth, that night was a little cold for us Floridians. With the wind, it was a chilly night and, after witnessing a glorious sunset, we had to go inside to finish our drinks. In there, people not in the required dress code (proper attire, such as collared shirts and no flip flops must be worn to gain admittance into the dining room) were sipping on glasses of wine while watching the football game or chatting over cocktails in the dim light.

Adam and I huddled in a corner and sipped on our cocktails. I chose the daiquiri, an interesting cocktail that was served in one of those beautiful coupe glasses (confession: I always attempt to get a drink in one of these glasses – because it’s classy, ok!?), while he chose the negroni. In all honesty, his drink was a little bit sour (not to mention super strong!). While we both like gin, this wasn’t our favorite.

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When it came time for dinner, we were seated in this intimate booth. Even though it was across from a family it, somehow, felt secluded. It might have been because we were on a date (and feeling romantic) or the dim lights that cast a glow over just us. Either way, it was the perfect ambiance for a perfect evening.

Peering over the menu, we saw an array of wine bottles (we didn’t partake this time because even the daiquiri was strong!), a few starters, and various options for dinner. We settled on sharing the traditional salad for our starter and, for dinner, he chose the filet and I chose the ribs. Both were delicious and, as we paid for dinner, we noted that we would need to bring our parents here (when it gets warmer!) to sit out in the back lawn and chat while we watch the sun go down.

Overall, this whole date night routine is starting off well. We got dressed up and went out to eat (which doesn’t happen very often!) and it was so nice. I totally recommend trying a date night routine of your own (if you’re like us and don’t have one already). If you do have a routine, what is it? How often do you go on dates?

PS: Like this dress? It’s Shoshanna. You can rent it through RtR. It’s perfect for petite girls. I was able to wear flats with it – and, I got a lot of compliments! The best part? It has pockets! The not-so-good? It kind of flies open sometimes (so wear something underneath it).

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4 Comments

  1. Vicki

    Oh my goodness your photos are so romantic. Mark and I need to be better at going on dates when the weather is cold in NYC. It’s been hard to get motivated to do anything

    • jsmithBlogger

      It is tough to go out when it’s cold. If the weather last weekend would have been what it is going to be this weekend, I don’t know what we would have done!

  2. perfectlyclaudia

    I can honestly say I’ve never had a ‘wow’ first date. I’ve had some seriously crappy ones… like being taken to Wetherspoons or to a social club, or even a Chinese hidden away in their bedroom – vomit. Men lack serious first date charms… but I do have a perfect first date scenario (that will never unfold unless I take a guy out!)

    I love your little date night! So cute, and full of character!

    Claudia xo

    • jsmithBlogger

      Yeah, first dates can be so awkward and the typical dinner and something else isn’t always my favorite.

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