Wise friends of ours told us before having our first child that scheduling in couple time should be a priority. It took a few months of being new parents before we understood the importance of couple time.
As much as we love fingerpainting and Legos, we definitely see the value of having adult time sans the kids. Here is a short list of things we've been doing without the kids to rejuvenate ourselves.
Feathering our nest, literally. We splurged on a new featherbed, duvet, pillows and bedding this weekend. We don't get a lot of sleep so the sleep we do get needs to be peaceful!
Organizing, decorating and repairing the house. Lots of evenings at home means we focus on house projects. My husband and I have decided to make a master list of all of the things we want to do and things that we need to do and start doing them slowly in the evenings after the kids are down. Recent projects have involved: choosing, framing and hanging photos and artwork (although pounding nails into the walls can be a bit loud!); cleaning out closets; and organizing kitchen cabinets.
Preparing meals together. Much of our day is spent answering questions that begin with "why." After the kids are in bed, it's nice to have an uninterrupted adult conversation while cooking our evening meal.
When we feel like seeing friends, we entertain while the kids are asleep. Having young children means lockdown mode after their bedtime so we try to entertain at our house as much as possible.
Of course there are tons of other things you can do outside of your home if you get a babysitter or the grandparents to watch the children. Anyone else want to share some great ideas with us?