Friday, March 13, 2009
Last night we went out to dinner as a family for the first time in...I don't know how long. Since K was born, it has just been really hard to eat out- she was a fussy infant, demanding baby, and now a temperamental toddler. But last night I was just feeling the need to get out, and so we decided to give it another try. We went to a family-"friendly" restaurant, and it actually went really well, despite extremely sloooow service. All three children were really interested in coloring, which helped to pass the time. When that got old, K started to tear up a straw wrapper and Ed counted the pieces with her. I was sitting on the other side of her, and began to gently blow on the pieces so they moved across the table. K looked up at Ed in surprise, and when she realized he wasn't doing anything, she gave a squeal of delight. When she wasn't looking, I blew on them again, and she gave another squeal and then started a "belly" laugh that was truly infectious. Our whole family was laughing along with her, and other tables were turning around with smiles to see who was the source of all the laughter. Eventually K caught on, and started blowing on the pieces herself, but she still kept laughing as she did it. Our food eventually came, and the kids ate it all up, since we were all starving at this point. K even got down on the floor and ate the macaroni that she had dropped (Ed: "You were supposed to be watching her!" Me: " I was! I thought she was just picking up the crayons!" Ai-yi-yi!). And of course everyone was happy to eat their ice cream, although I wasn't too happy with the scale this morning (eye-roll)!
It ended up being a really good time, and we are hoping that we have turned a corner. It doesn't mean we will eat out all the time, but it is nice to know that we can go to a place without a playground once in a while.