This past Friday, a friend suggested an impromptu pizza dinner in her building's solarium. We ended up having three families enjoy dinner on the twenty-eighth floor. The kids played and burned the day's remaining energy. The men consumed a few adult beverages and got to know one another better. The women engaged in some much needed adult conversation and got a few minutes to relax while the kids were off playing. And no one had to clean house or do dishes.
I have to admit, it was awesome. We were all home by nine-thirty. Each family pitched in ten dollars for pizza and brought their own drinks. We didn't have to hire babysitters or constantly check our cell phones to make sure the kids were behaving. Sure we had to stop the kids from jumping on the radiators, keep their fingers out of the air conditioner, and referee a few clashes over the favored toy. But we also got to hang out with our friends for three or four hours on a Friday night instead of starring at our spouses after we put the kids to bed like we do every other weeknight. And it only cost us ten dollars!
Then next morning, our exhausted munchkins slept in and let us sleep in too. It was so nice.
Is it any wonder that we are hoping to make it a standing monthly date?
Moral of the story: Just because you have kids, doesn't mean you can't be social or that you have to pay a lot to have fun. You just have to be open to new things and get more creative.