Challenge Accepted! Date #5

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Back in January, 12 couples bravely accepted our Date Night Blog Challenge. Their challenge was to plan a fun and creative date night that kept within a $25 budget. They also had to commit to blogging about it on our SBC Blog. It appears that each couple had tons of fun in the process and we know you will have a lot of fun reading their posts! After we have posted all 12 date nights, readers will have the opportunity to vote for their favourite. The winning couple will receive a night at the Summerland Waterfront Resort and a $75 gift card to the restaurant of their choice.

Thanks to each couple who braved the challenge and put time, effort and creativity into their date. We hope the following posts will inspire you to get creative and plan your own special date night and enjoy the beautiful place we live.

We also want to express our sincere thanks to the Summerland Waterfront Resort for donating the prize of a one night stay at their beautiful resort.

Date Night #5: The Wiebes

This was the plan. We were going to channel our inner energetic teenagers, grab a coffee, and go tubing up at apex. We had some "date night questions" for our drive up, I stuck dinner in the crockpot, and Justin arranged a sleepover at Nana and Papa's house for the kiddoes....what could possibly go wrong?

Barfing. That's what could go wrong.

I was 10 minutes out from packing the kids in the car to head to their sleepover right on schedule... when the baby lost her dinner all over me and the floor. Twice.

Now to provide some context...in the 6 years since we've had kids, we have never had a barfing flu - until this night. I'll admit, I threw a small internal hissy fit. My inner teenager is more of a 3 year old.

Needless to say, plans changed instantly. I stuck the baby in the tub, called nana to say we'd be late, texted Justin on his way home from work to warn him we needed a new "barfing kid friendly" plan on the fly, and started scrubbing the floors and walls with one hand while holding the three rubber necking children at bay with the other.

We decided date night was still on and I drove the kids up to Nana's and dropped off the 3 healthy ones. Lilly and I then drove home and picked up Justin who had arrived home from work. We drove to Zia's to pick up desserts to go since the crockpot dinner was ready for us at home. In the parking lot we decided we probably needed to buy some waffle fries with our leftover $11 and detoured to the Perch on our way home.

As we pulled into our carport, round #2 hit poor Lilly and now we had a carseat to clean. The house was a disaster, the barfing continued into the night, several loads of laundry were created but...there is a certain beauty about a quiet house, even if it's messy.

We polished off the waffle fries immediately while cuddling our sick baby. After she was tucked in for the night and the kitchen was sort of tidied, we decided to skip the crockpot dinner and go straight for dessert. I pulled out our date night questions and we had great conversation in the beautifully silent house. Dessert was perfect, the waffle fries were perfect, the conversation was perfect.

Despite the disaster of our original plans, date night was a success afterall thanks to tiramisu, chocolate lava cake, and a spouse with a great sense of humor. I'd rather have waffle fries in a dirty kitchen with Justin any day than lobster on a yacht with anyone else.

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