Date night outside of the house? Is that even attainable anymore?!
That's how I've felt for almost three months until recently. At the beginning of this month (June), Jason and I were able to have our first date night outside of the house since mid-March.
To say I was ecstatic doesn't even come close to how I felt about actually stepping foot outside of my house for a fun night with my husband.
It's so cool to have an actual drive-in theater somewhat close to where we live (about an hour drive).
I didn't grow up going to the drive-in theater, but since being an adult, I have enjoyed going once every summer. It feels so old-school to watch a movie from the seat of your car or laying in the back with the hatch popped open.
As the only drive-in theater in my state was opening up again after being temporarily closed due to the pandemic, I was super excited to go. Things would look a bit different, like cars spaced out, masks on, and only one movie instead of a double feature, but it was opening up again!
So we headed out that Friday night with our Thai food in hand (we absolutely love Thai food!) and ventured out to the drive-in theater. We even got popcorn and candy.
The movie playing that night was Jumanji 2. We had already seen it previously, but it wouldn't have mattered what was playing, as I was just so thankful to be there!
Have you ever been to a drive-in theater before? It's such a neat experience that I highly recommend you trying if you ever get the chance. Make it your next date night, or make it a family event. It's a great experience for both kids and adults alike.
Drive In Date Night with Style
These days it's hard to be motivated to just do the simple things, like putting on makeup or style your hair (buns have been my jam!). So for our first outing in months, I went all out! To me, going all out means I straightened my hair and applied a little bit of makeup (haha!).
I am pretty basic when it comes to my beauty routine, but something as simple as applying a little makeup and curling or straightening your hair can make you feel so good (along with looking great too!).
Sometimes we forget about our daily routines when it's been awhile since we last did them.
Now, my husband has a 99 Subaru Legacy that he absolutely loves. He's definitely a car guy, so you can imagine his excitement being able to take his Subie (Subaru owner slang, ha!) to the drive in.
I must say, it's rather nice being able to pop down all of the seats and having our own personal space. 🙂
The Importance of Date Nights
I'm sure I will probably expand on this topic of date night in a future post, but I wanted to just briefly talk about it here.
The idea of having an actual date night in place is so good for your relationship, whether you're married or dating.
Very early on, and I want to say within the first couple of weeks of Jason and me dating, we had decided to have a designated date night picked out once a week.
We wanted to be intentional with our time together because during our dating relationship we were sort of long distance. I say "sort of" meaning we could have technically seen each other every day, but as two young adults busy with school and work it made it hard. One way, with traffic, we were about one hour apart.
That wasn't too difficult of a task to maneuver, but implementing a weekly date night helped us focus our time together even more. We had something planned to look forward to each week that prioritized our relationship to one another, no matter what life was like around us.
When we got married I had briefly wondered if we would still keep our weekly date night, since now we got to see and be with each other every day. Absolutely we did! Being married didn't change our need to devote intentional time to one another.
Because we started this pattern of having a date night so early on in our dating relationship, we didn't have to struggle as hard as maybe other couples do after being married to continue to pursue one another; to still "date" each other.
Do you and your significant other have designated date nights? I'd love to hear about them or any fun date night ideas you have! 🙂 Leave a comment, send me an email, or reach out to me on social media.