1. Amen and hallelujah. I’m glad my husband works from home but sometimes it means we just exist in the same space because he always has work to do and often puts in a 60-80 hour week so we have to schedule time together. As for the kids, our middle child turned 12 and two things happened to my sweet little girl: 1) someone flicked a switch that makes her talk nineteen to the dozen AT FULL VOLUME and 2) sarcasm. She is lovely and horrible (to her siblings mostly) in equal measure, and noisy either way! But she has started to show signs of responsibility, so that’s good. People keep remarking how pretty she is, too, but thankfully boys earn her disdain for the time being and horses occupy her heart. Long may horses reign (or rein).

  2. This sounds so nice…like, seriously nice, no sarcasm intended! But how do you accomplish it with young kids? (I.e., a 10 month old and a 4 year old?) I can’t just drop them off at home alone, which means a babysitter, which is just something else to plan and possibly spend money on. And, of course, like you, I don’t want to spend our cherished and far too infrequent date nights talking about money and kids.

    Just thought I’d chime in that I do really like this idea, just don’t know how I would accomplish it with young kids.

    1. Hi Mandy,

      You are correct. We could not accomplish this with young kids. We’ve only been leaving the house like this since our oldest has been old enough to stay home alone. When our kids were very small, we put them to bed early (our kids were usually in bed by 7 or 8 pm.) This gave us a few hours each night to debrief before going to bed. I would recommend that for this season of parenting.

      As the kids got older, they started staying up later. Teens keep the most ridiculous hours. Now, I’m usually the first one in bed and there is zero chance of having a serious adult conversation while kids are asleep, so Sunday afternoons are the best option for us.


      Thanks for chiming in.

  3. Love this idea! I want you to know that I love reading what you post. It is real, it is funny and it is helpful and informative. I often talk to my husband about what you have written. Thank you!

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