Let's face it.
Having children is expensive.
They are worth every penny, but they are costly. I know that it is important to spend time with your spouse away from the kids, but when the babysitter costs you more then it does for you to actually have dinner together it can be a little hard to justify that time!
Good News! I have found a solution!
You just need super fun cool neighbors and a little modern technology!
This is my idea: put the kids to bed and then go into the garage. It doesn't matter if your garage is all cement and filled with dirty snow banks from your tires like mine. It doesn't have to be fancy by any stretch of the imagination. You only need an area that is away from the children that makes you feel like you somewhat left your house where you can laugh loudly and not worry about waking someone up! Just set up some lawn chairs in the garage and if you live in a cold climate put them around a heater and then invite the neighbors to come over!
Using the ipads this way is like having your own security system! Of course you should still lock your doors and go over to check on the children. Also, I am not suggesting you go out to a restaurant and use the ipad as your babysitter, but if you are outside your house, at the neighbor's bonfire, on their deck, or playing on the swings in the backyard while your baby naps and are within a reasonable distance, it could be a great alternative to having to stay inside! Just please use common sense!
Now if I could decorate my garage and turn it into something like a "man cave" we would be all set!