Mrs. Dykowski ... stays on a date

When you’re in what I affectionately call the dairy-cow stage of motherhood and you have another child younger than three, it’s almost impossible to get away for quality time with your spouse. 
It’s hard to arrange our schedules to get a sitter — not that our kind, local friends haven’t offered — it’s just that they’re about as busy as we are. 
So in order to put the kind of quality time into our marriage that every relationship needs (since putting out this paper doesn’t really count as quality time), we decided to try at-home after bedtime dates. 
But as every parent of young kids knows, bedtime doesn’t always go as planned. 
Thursday night, we attempted our first fancy date — an online cooking class.  
That afternoon I bought the ingredients and all the green bean baby food at Walmart — sorry if you needed some, too. 
We had a snack when the kids had dinner at 5 p.m. and anxiously anticipated 8 when the children are supposed to go to bed. 
I guess Darci could tell we were in a hurry to leave after her bedtime story and prayers because she required some literal hand-holding to calm down for sleep. 
It was 8:30 when we escaped. 
Then the baby started to cry. 
By 9 we were ready to start cooking and more than a little hungry. 
At 9:15, Audrey was crying again. 
Scott kept cooking. 
Fifteen minutes of soothing had Audrey down for the night. 
At 10:45 p.m., we finally sat down for chicken Flourentine crepes. 
It was delicious, but, to be fair, I would have eaten just about anything at that point. 
We made bananas foster for dessert and discussed a relationship quiz that came with the date. 
It was fun, exhausting and imperfect, kind of like life in general these days. 
I would do it again in a minute.

Sarah Dykowski is the wife of Publisher Scott Dykowski. She can be reached at

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