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Much Needed Date Nights That Include Wine

Thursday, March 24, 2016

When you become a parent, people will inevitably tell you not to quit dating your spouse and boy are they right. I think it should also be included that you shouldn't quit dating your friends either, if that makes any sense at all. basically what I'm saying is that just because you're becoming a parent doesn't mean your entire adult social life should change. It's easy to just hang out at playdates or spend all of your time at story time or on zoo trips, but it's also important to take time for you, and your spouse, and your friends.
So taking some of the advice we've been given, a couple weeks ago we planned a date night out with some friends. It was a Friday night, and I am always the one who's unsure about making plans after a long week, especially one that also included house guests. But by Friday at 5 I was so ready for a break, and some wine! We headed about 30 minutes from home to Sip! McMinnville Food & Wine Classic at Evergreen Air and Space Museum.

We've attended this event several times, but always look forward to going again. The event included over 40 wineries, 7 distilleries and a beer vendor. So basically there was a little something for everyone. One of the things I like most is that it gives you the opportunity to try out some wine from places you haven't heard of or visited before. There are several vendors who we've tried before, but we try to stick to the ones we haven't to give us some ideas of new places to visit outside of the event. Once you work up an appetite there are food vendors to try including many serving deserts. I'll go straight for the pie, thank you very much! The event also encompasses some art and decor vendors intermixed to give you something to browse and look at while you taste your wine.
All in all it was great night out with friends and a nice break for the parents. There are so many fun evening outings right in our backyard to help get us out and about every now and then. Being a parent is the most amazing thing we've ever done, but it's important to take time for our marriage and our friendships too. We look forward to next year's Sip! event and even more wine tasting outings in our future!


  1. So glad you got out! Looks like you had a lot of fun. Once you have a child it's a tricky balance!