Just echoing what everyone is saying...emails/IM/texts and phone calls are a good way to reach out in between dates. My boyfriend and I did a lot of emailing in the beginning (he and I don't really like talking on the phone too much, lol).
And I understand how hard it can be to get time alone, we have to juggle our mates and kids to achieve it, but it's important to me. I do think you need that in order to bond and for the relationship to grow. I know that I get very restless if too much time elapses between our alone times. Group dates are fun, but not the same.
I tried being reasonable. I didn't like it. ~Clint Eastwood~