Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Eating Out

So, my friend Lauren is always asking why we never really eat out much. Until recently, we have been big fans of To Go or fast food when not cooking at home. If you have more than one small child, you know how much of a struggle it can be getting out. Lillian is excited to go places, but is usually the one that throws a fit in the restaurant and always wants to sit in Brandon's lap, so he can barely eat. Andrew has been fine mostly...he just likes to throw food and his cup on the floor...this makes me wonder if the waiter might spit in our food after seeing what he will be cleaning up later. (Side note: I do usually try and clean up what I can...I don't leave a huge mess and try to pick up around the highchair on the floor and at least put it in a pile on the table, so you know know)

Well, we spent the day in Shiner on Sunday and were driving home just as it was time for the kids to eat, so normally we would have picked up fast food, but decided instead that we would stop at Chili's and have dinner. Just the idea that we even considered this shows we are getting better in this department.

Our dinner turned out great! That is why I'm writing this. The kids were about the best they have ever been eating out. Lillian even sat on her own most of the time and there wasn't a big mess on the floor like usual. What was really great too is that at this Chili's, they have started bringing you your check with your food, so we didn't have to wait around for that in the end and could just leave when we were ready.

So I guess dining with two kids is do-able and just takes some practice. We have been doing this a little more often lately, so, I think they are getting more used to it as are we. And I am still a big believer in going the right times of day....and with kids that have had a good nap! So Lauren, be proud of us! We are branching out!


Katy Cade said...

That's great! I'm glad Lillian is growing up!

Lauren said...

Oh wow, I'm so proud of you! Kids need to learn restaurant manners. It will probably only get easier as they mature even more.