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Fall Date Nights

by | Oct 8, 2009 | Authentic Living, Bedrooms, Sweet Escape

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Fall Date NightsMary Jane McCartyCountry Living

I‘m writing this on Thursday night and my hubby and I have a date. No, we aren’t going out to a fancy dinner. And no, we aren’t going out dancing or to a movie. We are snuggling up in our bed with a big bowl of popcorn and watching The Office. And we cannot wait! We try really hard to maintain a weekly date. Sometimes it is having coffee in a quaint coffee shop, sometimes it is going out to lunch, but usually it is something at home that we both look forward to.

That is the best thing about Fall, cozy nights curled up with a good book or movie! And of course, my hubby!

Do you all go on date nights regularly?
What are your favorite Fall Date Nights?

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Fall Date Nights


  1. Julia

    We love watching “The Office” together, too! Dave and I had a long-standing lunch date every Friday that we enjoyed for years. His company just moved across town, so we aren’t able to pull it off every week anymore. I miss that.
    .-= Julia @ Hooked on Houses´s last blog ..Hooked on Change (or, All Good Things Must End) =-.

  2. Jaimie

    This is so cute! I am sitting here, working on schoolwork, waiting for the BF to get home so that we can watch The Office together. <3

    We are needing to do more date nights lately or something. Our schedules are so opposite that we barely spend quality time together. We see each other and hang out together, but it’s just not the same if the baby is awake!
    .-= Jaimie´s last blog ..One Year Ago.. =-.

  3. Pinky

    My husband and I just had a date night tonight! We went out to a nice dinner. This is a RARE occasion however, we don’t do it regularly but I am going to try thinking of some things to do right here at home. Thanks for the inspiration. He doesn’t watch ANY TV, so I am going to have to be creative!!!!!!! Pinky

  4. Franki Parde

    This was just so much fun – my hubby and I LOVE “The Office” (particularly me as I get a FOOT RUB!) Congrats to Pam and Jim! Don’t cha just feel like you know them?!?!? Keep smiling….franki

  5. Noelle Tomco

    Here in anacortes, we’ve been going to dinner somewhere in town and then driving our new island and trying to find ‘the perfect piece of land’.
    .-= Noelle Tomco´s last blog ..Today on Oprah =-.

  6. Penny

    Your date nights sound wonderful! We are so busy with this move we are lucky to even kiss goodnight! We do take every Sunday, to have a big breakfast together and read the Sunday paper…It takes us a couple of hours and we talk, laugh, share.

  7. Gina

    We have the same kind of date night too! Love it-and we totally look forward to it.

    .-= Gina´s last blog ..It Was Only a Matter of Time =-.

  8. Karen B

    We have date night every Saturday night. It usually consists of Mexican Food, Starbucks and Barnes and Noble. I know, we’re creatures of habit. But, we love it. My husband doesn’t watch TV much either, so that’s not much of an option.
    .-= Karen B´s last blog ..Comfort Food Weather =-.

  9. Claudia

    You are so brilliant!

    Keeping you and your husband linked and dating is the best thing you can do for your FAMILY…

    Take it from one who learned too late. Im happy for you and thanks as always.

    TTFN~~ Claudia ♥ ♥
    .-= [email protected]´s last blog ..Nonsensical =-.

  10. Chie

    Dating or just sitting together infront of the fireplace in 2 man hand is wonderful. Talk small cute memories keep us both alive. Once a week, we go out for a jog & every Saturday, we take our early morning walk. I think it’s important for all husbands and wives to have time together to keep the relationship alive.

    Have a nice week-end.
    .-= Chie´s last blog ..Home Alone on my Subtle Shadow Shot # 32 =-.

  11. Janell Beals

    How Important!! The one thing I do love about fall is how it makes it okay to stay in and bundle up…enjoy your Thursdays!
    .-= Janell Beals´s last blog ..Revisiting My Fireplace Redesign =-.

  12. anne

    Hello Melissa..I think this is wonderful, I think my hubby would think I had gone a bit crazy if I suggested a date night…once a week or once a month. We did go out for a meal the other month, only because he was going away. I hardly see my hubby so at the mo it is hard to do, you think this would make us want to do it more…sorry his job is making us drift apart ..I am so used to my own life now..and so is he….a struggle.
    .-= anne´s last blog ..Onwards we walk….. =-.

  13. Robin All Things Heart and Home

    We never miss a date night. When we got married, I had 3 little ones within a year we added Emma. Date nights weren’t an option! Now, as empty-nesters we still have date nights. There isn’t anything we’ve done for our marriage that’s been more important.
    Kudos Melissa!
    All Things Heart and Home
    .-= Robin All Things Heart and Home´s last blog ..Figure Friendly Apple Crisp =-.

  14. janice

    Thanks for sharing this, Melissa. This is one of the upsides of so many of your babies being away from the nest at the moment. I’m glad I’m not the only one who considers a snuggle up at home with my husband to be as important as a romantic restaurant date in town. When the kids are sound asleep (it takes longer these days!) we add wine, candles, Greek mezedhes and a soppy DVD to the mix. My husband and kids are my home, wherever I am.
    .-= janice | Sharing the Journey´s last blog ..Sea Breezes, Books and Minerals =-.

  15. cindy

    Good for you! The mister and I have had date nights at least once a week since we were married almost 24 years ago….I think they’re crucial to happiness! Thanks for sharing. I linked up.
    peace, cindy
    .-= cindy´s last blog ..Someone’s been watching =-.

  16. Emily

    I love little coffee dates, walks down paths holding hands while the kids ride their bikes, and there is nothing I love more than staying up after the kids are asleep to snuggle, watch a favorite show, and hog all the popcorn.

    Happy Friday Melissa!
    .-= [email protected]´s last blog ..With These Hands =-.

  17. Beth

    That sounds like our date nights. We have three little ones so going out is tricky and also expensive (babysitters make good money!!). We really enjoy sitting on the porch with some wine and a snack, cuddling up to watch a show or movie, or playing a game.

    When we do get to go out it’s a big deal and we enjoy it so much because it’s such a rarity.

  18. Rhoda

    Happy Friday, Melissa! My hubby and I try to have one date a week, big or small.

  19. Flower Patch Farmgirl

    So, did you tear up? I totally did. I choose to believe that Jim and Pam are real people. And all the rest of ’em. That dancing down the aisle thing was so randomly touching to me. The entire episode was pitch perfect!~
    .-= Flower Patch Farmgirl´s last blog ..Me in Real Time =-.

  20. Lorrie

    Date nights are fun – and I love just snuggling up and watching a movie with my husband. It’s so important to spend time together.


  21. Passementerie

    Now that our baby dependably sleeps from 7pm until 10.30pm every night (she wakes up at the latter time for her goodnight feed) I have been wantonly and irresponsibly sneaking out with my husband on real, live dates. It’s very exciting. On other nights, we curl up in front of the fire with our dinner and watch Mad Men – a way of spending the evening to which I have no objections at all!
    .-= Passementerie´s last blog ..Oh my… would you like a house in Marrakech? =-.

  22. Myrnie

    I love date nights- they are SO important! And I love your idea of a simple movie night. Our sitters (grandma and grandpa) are out of town, so I think we’ll do the same tonight! :) (Wonder if he’d watch Pride and Prejudice with me…)
    .-= Myrnie´s last blog ..Beautiful Life: A Soft Place to Land =-.

  23. Natalie

    We try to go on at least one date a week. Our fav date is an early movie, followed by white chocolate mochas and magazine-reading at Barnes & Noble :)
    .-= Natalie´s last blog ..Yard Saling =-.

  24. sheri

    we have the misfortune of only having my kids every other week (joint custody w/ex) so that is kind of fortunate in the regard that we do get to spend some quality time with each other when they’re at their dad’s.

    Our dates are simple and sweet. We make a cocktail, go out to the lanai and he grills, and i keep him company watching the wildlife in the back yard. Then we snuggle on the couch with TV or a movie. We’re not hard to please. :)
    .-= sheri´s last blog ..Procrastinator’s Par-tay – count me in – i’ll be the one covered in mastic. =-.

  25. Bonnie Mattson

    Jim and I consider Friday nights our date night. They are pretty much standard and sacred …we don’t answer the door on phone on Friday nights. We usually watch a movie, just hang out and recoup from the busy week. And we eat popcorn. If we do go out it will be on Saturday…never Friday..Friday is for cuddling and shutting out the world. We love it!
    .-= Bonnie Mattson´s last blog ..Copper Pumpkin Tutorial =-.

  26. The Stylish House

    It’s just the two of use these days so every night is date night! I like to fix a nice dinner and catch up after work.
    .-= The Stylish House´s last blog ..French Kitchen Charm! =-.

  27. Amanda

    Date nights are wonderful! All couples MUST make it a routine to maintain those sparks. My fav datenights are getting a little hiking or tennis action and snuggling up laughing at each other so loud it drowns out the tv in the background :-)

  28. Lisa

    That room with brown walls is lovely. I would ordinarily be afraid to try such a dark color on a wall, but when I see color usage (and success) like this I’m inspired to be a bit more daring when it comes to my walls.

    Still mulling it over. Of course, if it doesn’t work, I can always paint over it, right?

    Enjoy your weekend!

  29. Heidi

    My hubby and I are just starting to get intentional about doing a weekly date night. We usually do spend a lot of time together but we have not ‘set aside’ a date NIGHT per se until recently. I’ve also been inspired to challenge myself to come up with a years worth of novel dating ideas that I post every Friday on my lil old blog. Come visit!

    .-= Heidi @ Wonder Woman Wannabe´s last blog ..Husband Encouragement Challenge ~ Day 10 =-.

  30. Teresa

    Ooooh! That sounds very cozy! Where will the children be? If my hubby and I took some popcorn and snuggled up nice and comfy and cozy and cuddley…we’d have one big blond furry Wheaten Terrier right in between us!
    I did love how the FULL MOON lit our bedroom up last week. Going to sleep with the light of a full moon…romantic…but again…Doogan…the Wheaten…right there with us!
    .-= Teresa´s last blog ..Woops! =-.

  31. Abbie

    Our current favorite “date” is to watch the office on the laptop (several days late) after the little ones are in bed! It’s free and easy! But also picnics – dress warm! – walks and just going out for coffee instead of dinner are things we like to do.
    .-= Abbie´s last blog ..A smile for doing dishes. =-.

  32. Cheryl B.

    I stopped by your blog to verify that you were still hosting your Friday “theme day”.

    In case you aren’t sure why I would do that, please first go here:–/

    and then read this one:

    I see that you still are, so I shall leave you on the lists :-D

    Shopuld you wish to contact me for any reason, feel free to do so via: pink bunnies (at) sbc global (dot) net

    Cheryl B.

    p.s. yes, we do our ‘date day Friday’s’, and have grown even closer together. Occasionally we’re just taking care of life’s ‘details’ and grabbing lunch, bet we do them TOGETHER!!
    .-= Cheryl B.´s last blog on geting tips :- ) =-.

  33. Lisa

    Oh I love that idea – just making it a special time together. We have not been doing ANY date nights lately! And our anniversary is coming up, so we have to plan something. But we really should have a weekly time.
    .-= Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates´s last blog ..Fall Fruits Festival Starts Monday =-.

  34. anencourager

    Date nights, love them! This time of year I have two favorite dates… like you just had, snuggling under our flannel quilt on the leather love seat watching football, heads tilted in toward one another. The other favorite date is at lunchtime on a blanket on the grass at a park with a picnic and him… hubby dearest (Superman). Candles are a bonus.
    .-= anencourager´s last blog ..Complaints Be Gone! =-.

  35. Pearl Maple

    Enjoying your fall themed posts and the reminders to take time to appreciate the little details.
    .-= Pearl Maple´s last blog ..Sky Watch Friday =-.

  36. Kristen W.

    Was that not the best Office yet?!! My husband and I watch it together every week, but he was out of town, so we called each other about 5 times during the show to laugh together!

    Years ago I read that the greatest gift parents can give their children is to show them what a loving relationship between a couple looks like. Very important.

  37. Patty

    I envy all you date nighters… I’m finding its just a matter of making time and making an effort, neither of which we’ve been doing. BUT – this post made me feel good, because it made me realize that we do, in a way, have ‘dates’ when we sit and watch tv together, always while eating popcorn…. ah, but wait – the kids are always watching too… I guess that means *no date*…
    .-= Patty´s last blog ..Bucket Day, A Shade Of Gray, And Frog Tape =-.


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