I had a great Valentine's Day yesterday! In the morning, I went to the park with some friends and let our kids play and have cupcakes and brownies. We came home, did some school and played outside some more (the weather was gorgeous and is again today!!).
For the evening, my oldest brother offered to babysit. My brother is 36, single and has never babysat any child before. He offered to watch my 4 kids AND my other brother's 2. I told him he was crazy, but he said he was up for the challenge. Well, how I can I pass on an offer like that.
So, I started planning what Cory and I could do for the evening on a very tight budget. At first, I thought about cooking a nice dinner at home and having a "home date". Then, I remembered that I only spent $19 of my $50 grocery budget last week. I also don't think I will spend the $50 this week because there are not a lot of great deals again. So, we decided that we could actually use the extra $30 and go out to eat.
Don't be alarmed, we did not spend $30 on dinner! I looked at the local dollar theater to see what was playing and we planned to see the 7:00 p.m. showing of P.S. I Love You (I would give it a 3 out of 5 stars). Anyway, we had no intention of dressing up and waiting 2 hours for a table at a nice restaurant. So, for dinner we went to a restaurant called Five Guys. It's a burger joint. It's way better than fast food but you still order at the counter so you don't have to tip. That's my kind of restaurant. We were able to eat for $13. The total at the movie theater was $3 for both of us. It was a fun night out. Even though we didn't go to a fancy restaurant, it was still a splurge for us. We haven't gone out to eat in months!! We had planned on topping the night off with some Cold Stone (because I had a gift card) ice cream but they closed at 9 and we got there at 9:15 :(
Tonight we are going to a Chocolate Ball at our church. It is a night of dessert and dancing (with a professional dance instructor). I think it is going to be fun but I sure am not looking forward to putting on the one dress I own that doesn't fit so well right now. I'm sure there will be pictures to post later.