Gary and I have been extremely blessed as his mom and my aunt (plus the chungs before they had kids, and my parents when they're in town) always offer to watch the kids for us so we can spend alone time together. In the very beginning, I often hesitated to take up on their offers because I loved doing things together as a family (which I still do, of course) But with Gary being slightly less busy at his current job, meaning he gets to come home during normal hours and be around the kids more during the week, we try to seize every childcare offer that comes our way. Because in the midst of our busy lives, it really is easy to lose focus and attention on your spouse if you don't remember to be intentional about it. Of course, going on dates aren't the only way to spend quality time together. Many nights we work on our laptops across from each other at the dining table, which can somewhat feel like a date if your heart is right, haha. Sometimes we sneak into bed at night to chat and talk about our day after the littles are in bed, or we catch up on our favorite TV shows while munching on chips together. We used to work out together at night, but it definitely is just a thing of the past now ;)
This year, for Valentine's Day, we had our nanny come over for the morning while Gary and I went out for brunch in downtown. This date felt extra special because we didn't have Izzy with us! (she usually tags along on our dates because she's still little and hates bottles.) The weather was nice so afterwards we just took our time wandering around downtown.