We got this idea from someone in our ward and decide to try it in our family: On each child's birth date each month, they get to have a one-on-one date with one of their parents. We won't start doing it with Stanford until he's a little older, but the other kids have loved this so far.
Emersen was first. We stopped by the mall really quick to pick up something, then we rode the escalator three times. We next stopped for dinner at Arctic Circle. Some ward friends were there, so Emersen played with them in the play place for a little while. We finally got to our intended destination, Gardner Village, with only about 45 minutes to look around. We bought some candy and then looked in all the cute, girly shops. This doll store had so many cute things. Emersen was enthralled by all the doll shoes.
She picked out some sticker paper dolls and got a "fairy kiss" on her cheek. I wanted to buy the "Pride and Prejudice" paper dolls, because I like that kind of thing, but I reminded myself that I am an adult and moved on.
It was fun to just hang out with her without any distractions. I think this will be a good thing.
When it was Bentley's turn, I was down with a nasty cold, so Daniel took the kids to the grocery store and let Bentley pick out whatever candy he wanted for his date. He was happy with that.
The next month was Daniel's turn to take the kids. He and Emersen got some candy (apparently all dates must involved candy) and just went for a walk along the Jordan River Parkway. He and Bentley rode their bikes along the Parkway and then got candy at the gas station and sat on the curb watching cars go by. The kids are loving the one-on-one attention and getting to go on "dates."