Parent’s Night Out

13 05 2007

This weekend, we had some house guests in town to catch the action at the AVP Volleyball Tournament in Glendale. So, after the games were done yesterday, they came back to the camp and we left the kids with them for the evening. We had the opportunity to get a night by ourselves for the first time in a long time.

It’s always an odd feeling when my wife and I get these moments alone; with no screaming in the back seat we start off by just enjoying the quiet time in the car. I even turned off the radio. Now, I usually do get time alone in the car, but I try to make it constructive time by listening to podcasts. But, my wife and I never just sit in the car alone together; it just feels like something is missing.

We had originally thought we were going to see a movie and grab some dinner, but I wanted to try a place that was a little more unique, so I took her to Rustler’s Rooste in Tempe. It was an hour before we got to eat, but once we finally had our gigantic meal, we were definitely pleased with the food. We still have some ribs, a chicken, and some potatoes in the fridge.

Needless to say, by the time dinner was done, it was only about 9:30 or so, we were tired. This was our normal bed time. We used to be total night owls. I remember staying out til 1 or 2 just doing whatever there was to do. Now, we could have gone somewhere else after dinner, but I didn’t know what to do, and I don’t think I was going to stay awake that long.

Things have definitely changed since we’ve become parents.  I can see how some people get trapped in the kid world and bring that over to their adult world. I hope we can get more chances to get out. It was nice to escape from kid world for one night.  Although we did have to listen to other parents try to deal with their kids, it was nice to know that we didn’t have to chance after ours for just one night.

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