This time, I decided the date and announced it to Yusuke on Thursday night when he arrived home from work. He was up for it, and we had our date on Saturday night from 9:45pm to 10:45pm.
We had a great day on Saturday because we got out of the house early and were back from errands and shopping by 3pm. Everyone, except me, got to take a nap and were well-rested by dinner time when I served Ailin (and Luka) a dinner that they were sure to eat without much prodding.
After their bath and bedtime routine, both were off to dreamland by 9:45pm. That does seem late, but Ailin sometimes has a hard time settling down.
We had bought sashimi (raw fish) and Yusuke set everything out for our meal as soon as I finished putting the kids to bed. He started the conversation, and so we talked about traveling within Japan. Mainly, we discussed various neighborhoods in Tokyo and small villages in Chiba where we would like to go and just walk around. We thought about trying to do "penny walks". Amy and I used to do penny bike rides around Antigo when we were kids. You bring a penny with you and every time you come to a corner, you decide (for example) "heads is right, tails is left". Bring an extra penny with you in case it drops down the sewage drain when you flip it. (Amy and I learned that the hard way.) Yusuke was very interested in that idea.
In any case, the idea of walking tours around Tokyo covers three of our aspirations for this year - do more family stuff, see more of Japan and exercise more.
It was a great conversation, and our dated ended at 10:45 when I went to check my email and he turned on the TV. So, there you go. Later, we started watching a movie "State of Play" which Yusuke had picked up for free at work. We were interrupted a couple times when the kids woke up and I had to get them back to sleep, so I never got to watch the end of the movie. Oh well.