Challenge Accepted! Date #2

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Back in March, 8 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 8 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 #2 Rudy & Sandy Schroeder

Date my hubby? What's that?

Of course I like spending time with him on a day to day basis, but with young children, and the adventures of off grid living an hour from town, dates haven't exactly been high on the priority list. Unless you can count the nightly "ahh" moment when the children finally are asleep. Having the reminder (and deadline!) to make time for each other seemed like a great idea with the bonus of actually getting a date. Maybe even ideas for future ones!

We each made a list of ideas of dates we'd enjoy. They were surprisingly similar, but neither list included being sick, or sick children. Since it apparently wasn't optional, our date got set aside until we were healthy again.

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When we finally had an evening with the girls in bed early enough, I pulled out strawberries, coconut milk whip cream and melted some chocolate. Voila! A fondue date to plan a date!

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With the plan in hand, I messaged our Better Together family and asked if they could help by babysitting. They said yes - so our plans were a go! (Ever notice that just the fact the plans are a go is half the excitement?)

Saturday morning I packed lunches for all and we were off! The hour drive to town is pretty, and they'd actually graded parts of the dirt road, making it not quite so bumpy. We left the girls in Summerland, and headed into Penticton for the opening day of the Penticton Farmers Market. It was sunny, a bit chilly, and the market was remarkably busy for opening day. Having brought our travel mugs, we splurged at the Backyard Beans booth for a $2 cup of coffee each, and simply enjoyed being together while taking in the sights - all without having to watch our children. Though we didn't expect to buy anything, of course we came home with a few random things to use as gifts (I can't share details in case they see this post.)

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Looking back to our long-distance, whirlwind courtship and engagement for ideas when writing our lists brought brought back happy memories of all the things we used to do together. From swing dancing, to quads, to our nightly skype date. It was all the little things. Memories of simply spending time together, building a friendship that meant I married my best friend.

So - here's to making new memories... for all the couples in this date night challenge.

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Comments (2)

  • Loraine Bundy

    12 June 2017 at 06:10 | #

    Having recently met this young couple, one thing struck me; when they talk about each other their faces light up. Keeping love alive with young children and day-to-day challenges is hard but they're doing a great job.


  • Dianne Holland

    15 May 2017 at 15:21 | #

    Hey! A date on a measly $4.00 - who can beat that? Way to go, you guys. You obviously enjoy simplicity and have learned to make the most of what is available....


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