Tonight while I was sitting at work near the end of my shift, I got a text from my husband who was set to pick me up at any second.

Can I come in?

I texted back:
Of course you can!

I shut down my computer, gathered up my things, and met him at our front door expecting him to have an armful of baby girl. To my surprise, he didn’t have an armful of baby at all, but a bouquet of flowers, which he handed to me with a smile.

“Thank you,” I said. “Where’s Nellie?”
“I left her in the car,” he joked.
With a smile, I asked him what was going on. He told me that he was taking me out on a date.

I was so excited! A surprise date. He told me that his parents were watching Nellie for a few hours, so we could get dinner and see a movie. I was absolutely thrilled! I wasn’t expecting it at all. A night out by itself is great, but a night out when you are absolutely unaware that it’s going to happen is even better.

We had dinner at Applebees and had a blast. We laughed a lot, and it was nice to spend time together without having to say, “No! Don’t touch that”, or “Don’t put that in your mouth, honey.” While we love to take Nellie out, it was nice to not have to play Cheerio Pickup while trying to shovel food into our mouths quickly enough to avoid a meltdown. There was a couple at the table beside us who also had a 1 year old (we asked) and what looked like a 5 year old. They looked happy, but they also had that frazzled “parent” look about them.

After dinner, Josh and I headed to the movie theater where we sat down to enjoy a movie that we’d both been looking forward to.

I’ve never seen the original, but I love the Coen Brothers. I will see anything they make without batting an eyelash. I’ve loved almost every single move they’ve put out with the exception of a few that I didn’t hate, but I wasn’t crazy about, either. It’s no secret that I’m a movie buff. We used to go see movies constantly before we became parents, and that’s definitely one of the things I’ve missed. We watch our share of movies thanks to Netflix but there’s just something about the experience of going to the theater that I adore.
The movie was amazing. Plain and simple. The acting was spectacular, the dialogue fantastic and the direction was just great. It was a wonderful film, one we will definitely own. It went by in a flash – had no dragging parts or slow scenes.

On the way to retrieve Nellie, we both commented on how nice it was to get a night to ourselves – but we both agreed wholeheartedly that we missed our lady. A lot. We talked about her, mostly, on the way home.

It was a great night and a great chance for us to have some quality time outside of being mama and dada. I have an amazingly thoughtful husband. It’s cool to be a little jealous. 😉