Another way we spend time together is by going on some double dates. We have done this a few times in the past year and have more planned in the future. It's a nice way to have some couple time AND some friend time. Yay for multi-tasking :) I highly recommend this as a good way to spend time together, especially if your husbands get along well.
Another couple you've probably heard about if you've read here for any length of time is Donny and Marika. They are another good couple friend of ours and they don't have kids. We get lots of time to visit with them after our kids go to sleep. And they are really great with our kids so Sam and Rachel love Uncle Donny and Auntie Marika. Even though Donny and Marika live about an hour and a half away, we see them a lot which is so great. Again, what helps this relationship work is that we are both intentional about making time for it.
And I would be remiss in talking about spending time with friends without mentioning my New Mom's Group from Edmonton. We all met when our first children were between four months and six weeks old. We were part of an official group through the City of Edmonton for six weeks and then we just kept meeting. We had weekly playdates and some of our kids were in Kindermusik and gymnastics together. We looked after each other's kids and a lot of us went through our second pregnancies together. This is an amazing group of women and I miss them so very much. Even though we got to spend a lot of time together with our kids we also got a few women-only evenings and they were so much fun.
I think the best way to make time for your friends is to just do it. Like me, I'm sure most of us spend a lot of time with our friends AND our kids and sometimes our husbands. But it's also vital for me to have time with them that is away from my kids. I'm thankful that Dave, my husband, is supportive of that and recognizes that time is important for me because it does take time away from our family. But he knows that it makes me a better wife and mom and I almost always come back from time with my friends with renewed energy to parent again and that's a win-win situation for everyone!