My little family has been spending much of our time at home as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. With a baby and an ongoing pandemic, there isn’t much time for my husband and I to get out for a date. To be honest, it’s not something we are quite comfortable with yet. So, when we want to switch up our routine after putting our daughter to sleep for the night, we’ve gotten creative with our at-home dates! It’s good to take a break from binge-watching YouTube or the normal streaming services to spend quality time with each other. Let me know if you’ve done any of these yourself!
Take personality tests. One night, we buckled down for an hour to take all the go-to personality tests. We had fun answering and discussing questions as we discovered our love language with the 5 Love Languages quiz, our Enneagram type and took the Myers Briggs test (this one was painfully accurate for me). It was fun learning about each other through these quizzes. For reference, my love language is Words of Affirmation, my Enneagram type is a 2 and 3 and I’m an INFJ-T. We also spent some time on Buzzfeed finding out which Disney princess we were, but we won’t go there. 😀
Make a new food together. I am a dessert connisseure while my husband would rather eat a second helping of dinner. Despite this fact, we tackled our first ever chocolate mousse together! Though we did most of the recipe while our baby was awake (not about to turn on the mixer as she sleeps), we each enjoyed a bowl full topped with tiny chocolate chips after she went to sleep.
Start a fire. There’s something so mesmerizing about a fire. We put some logs in the fire pit and spent a couple of hours chatting as we watched the flames turn to embers, baby monitor closeby. This has been a favorite pastime for us when camping, spending late nights with friends and, now, for when our daughter goes to sleep.
Do a blindfolded taste test. This night was hilarious! Each round, one of us would fill a plate with five random condiments or foods in our kitchen and spoonfeed the other one, who was blindfolded. It was so funny watching the blindfolded person’s reaction as they got a spoonful of ranch or a piece of pickled okra, stifling laughs as we waited on the person to guess what they ate. It was funny when we mentioned this to our family and some of them responded, “Nah, fam, I have trust issues.” Who else feels the same? We also did a blindfolded chain pizza taste test one day with a friend. You’d be disappointed in my accuracy.
Watch some of the classics. Not sure why, but there were so many popular movies I didn’t see when I was growing up. Since we’ve been together, Seth has taken it upon himself to introduce me to these films. Recently, we watched The Godfather, The Godfather II, Pans Labyrinth and Airplane. If there’s a movie or series your significant other hasn’t seen (ESPECIALLY if it is Star Wars), take this time at home to sit back and watch it together and discuss how they feel about it afterward. I think Seth delights in seeing how I respond to these classics.
Have you gotten creative with your date nights? Share in the comments! We could all use a switch-up in our day-to-day pandemic life.