Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Date Night Challenge: A Night at the Bowling Alley

So, last week, I mentioned to you all that I'd be starting a new feature on my blog...

Date Night Challenge!!!


This idea came about because Scott and I are constantly trying to come up with interesting ways to entertain ourselves whilst chained to our house due to the fact that we have too many children and not enough babysitters.

Not a good combination.

So, each week I will provide you with a recap of whatever date night we came up with for that week.  My hope is that this feature will inspire some of you to plan and post about your own spectacular home date nights.  Grab the button and leave a link to your post in the comments, if you're interested.  (One day I will figure out this Mr. Linky thing.  Maybe Scott and I should have an HTML date night next week.)

Anyhoo, this week's Date Night Challenge theme was........

A Night at the Bowling Alley

Now, some of you may be wondering how you can plan a night at the bowling alley when you're stuck in your family room while your three children slumber upstairs.

The answer, my friends, is simple:  All it takes is a little creativity.  And technology.  And a healthy dose of desperation.  If you've got those three elements, you can't go wrong!

We started out the night as we would at any bowling establishment.  Drinking beer.


We then chose our musical soundtrack for the evening.


Stone Temple Pilots.  Total bowling alley music, no?  Or at least it was the last time I was in a bowling alley, circa 1994.

Anyhoo, now on to the most important part of any date night.  The food.

We chose our selection carefully.  What would we want to eat if we were sitting at a bowling alley waiting for a lane to open???

Oh yeah.  Loaded nachos.


Here, I'll give you the recipe for them:

Megan's Loaded Nachos

Tortilla Chips
Ground beef, cooked with Taco Seasoning
Refried Beans
Cheese Dip
Sour Cream
Black Olives (optional)
Jalapenos (optional)

Put it all on your plate and eat it.

Simple, no?  So after beer and nacho's were consumed, and a little Wicked Garden was sung, it was time to get down to business.

I even put on my bowling shoes for the occasion.  Yes, I own bowling shoes.  No, I've never worn them before.  But you never know when you might need a good pair of bowling shoes, so when I bought them 10 years ago it seemed like money well spent.

And, oooh was it.  Look at those cool moves!

Unfortunately, I lost the first game.

Whatev.  I might have pouted a little.

 Scott might have gloated.  In his super rad bowling shirt. 

But it's all good.  On to the next game!

Well, crap.  Now I'm getting pissed.

What the heck kind of date is this!?  Isn't he supposed to let me win or something?

Whatever.  I'm sure I'll win the next one.

Especially since now he's just getting obnoxious.

It was a close one, but at the end of the day there can be only one winner.

And it wasn't me.  Dammit!  He's a cheater!

And a big arrogant meanie!

But he's cute, so he still got some.  What can I say...I'm an easy date.


And now for next week's Date Night Challenge theme....

(I know you are all on the edge of your seats)

A Trip to Little Italy

Can't wait!  



Bethany @ Organic Enchilada said...

That is AWESOME! I love a cheap, creative date. And the nachos? Yes, please!

MommaKiss said...

ok - your face? on the "now I'm getting Pissed" photo.
love this!!

Big Momma said...

great idea! we might have to try something like this, but luckily my husband is not very good at wii bowling. :)


Jeanette said...

ahhhhhhh! hubby and I were just trying to figure out what to do Friday night since we have no babysitters. Now I feel a bowling night coming on. already thinking about music selection...
thanks for the great idea!

Rebecca said...

This is too freaking cute! I'm stealing it...keep coming up with the ideas and I'll keep stealing them...that's how I roll b/c my brain is too fried from life in general. This is awesome!

Kmama said...

LOL! Awesome. Sometimes just playing games with my hubby is all I need to feel good again. Of course, it helps to win!

Jen said...

Ok, I LOVED this!!! Totally going to do this with my hubby.

Sadia said...

Awesome. E-mail me if I can help you with the Linky thing.

liz said...

This is awesome. you're both funny AND clever! And I guess we need a Wii.

Brandy said...

I just want to say how totally awesome you are. What a fun evening! I hope it felt like a "real" date.

wonderchris said...

Wow, Scott is really good at Wii bowling!! Nicely played.
Whenever we play Wii bowling it is 'just for fun'....cause I don't usually win. :D

Anonymous said...

GREAT idea! Love that everything was "official" and all bowling alley-ee. That guy is LUCKY that he got lucky! I don't know if I would have been so forgiving! : )

BranderPaul said...

I love this :) LOVE! And now I'll be craving nachos all day. Let's play teams soon--girls versus boys! We'll WIN!!

Gringation Cancun said...

oh my gosh soooooo fun!!! I need a Wii!

ya'll are so creative :)

Tractor Mom said...

You're not just an easy date but a good cheap date, too! I just love frugal (sounds better than cheap) dates! Awesome idea....

Come visit when you can...


Aging Mommy said...

This is a fabulous idea to have some fun when unable to get out for a real date night. I love your creativity and the detail with which you planned it all, drinks food, music and more. It looks like you had a lot of fun too. I need to capture some of your enthusiasm and plan a few such nights around here too.

Emily said...

I think your husband and my husband went to the same in-yo-face-loser bowling school. And I don't know about you, but I didn't go to any bowling school, hence the reason I'm the loser.

But I can bring a mean game of ping-pong. I think your post has challenged me to do a ping-pong date night. With loaded nachos, of course!

Anonymous said...

That is such a great idea. You guys make a super cute couple. I'm definitely going to try out those nachos!

Beth said...

You are too cute! This is a great idea...love it! Following you from Follow Me Chickadee - love it if you stop by and say hi!
Beth @ Two Monkeys & a Washtub

Beth said...


And I had to post about your awesome idea!

Emily said...

This is a fantastic idea!! I love it! I am happy to be a new follower so I can check in on this and more!

Seizing My Day said...

Oh my gosh this made me laugh so hard... and want the wii in my own house!! that is the only game I can play well!! ha ha!! ;) What a fun date night!

MandyE (Twin Trials and Triumphs) said...

I wanted to let you know that your Date Night Challenge is the inspiration for our MoMs meeting topic this week. I just glanced back through all of them, and I think this is probably my favorite. Thanks for all the great ideas! :)