July 4 08






of course.

also? it must mean my parents are in town. when relatives come to visit my kids get so excited. it’s not seeing my parents or even their presents they are most thrilled about. it’s that they get to do something they never get to do.

eat in an actual restaurant.

the husband and i don’t ever take our kids out to eat. my reasoning for this is two-fold. 1. when i go out to eat, i’d kind of like to enjoy myself. eating out is like a little gift. it’s a meal i don’t have to cook. or clean. i really don’t want to be chasing after a child, or taking one to the bathroom, or fighting with one to actually eat the meal he ordered. i want to sit back and relax. and 2. the people around me are there for the exact same reason. they want to sit back and relax. the last thing they want is Isabella’s head popping up over the bench singing an Enchanted song.

when the grandparents are in town, we break all our rules and take them out. we are CRAAAAZY. we let Isabella wear her snow white costume to a big crowded restaurant. and we let her order a giant chocolate milk shake. and we let her drink it. and we let her spill it all. over. the. floor. and all over herself. and the people beside us.



and that is why we NEVER take them to restaurants.

well, we DO take them to Tim Horton’s on Sunday mornings for donuts, but that doesn’t count. the rest of the world is still sleeping at 8:30 in the morning on the weeekend…so i don’t really care if they run around like lunatics.





  1. LOL! Love the lick-the-plate shot!


    Comment by threeundertwo on July 4, 2008
  2. Ha! Sounds like a lotta fun! That doughnut looks yum-mee!

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    Comment by Teena in Toronto on July 4, 2008
  3. hee-hee
    we get donuts after church most sundays, in the church basement. My 5 yr old runs around like a screaming banshee – with the other screaming banshee’s and its awesome.
    We only do “child friendly” restaurants – for the same reason. Sometimes it works out OK. Sometimes, not so much. Ah well.

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    Comment by monstergirlee on July 4, 2008
  4. Word for word what I told my mom the other day while eating out with the wee little baby:

    I hate bringing him out to eat with me. In fact, I’m not eating out with him anymore.

    Sadly, my mom didn’t hear me because wee little baby was screaming as loud as he could and laughing because he’s found his vocal cords.

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    Comment by Kristie on July 4, 2008
  5. hahaha! we went out as a family for dinner for my sons 18th birthday.after stinkerbell my 3 year old was done eating it took her like 5 minutes to inhale her palacinta then she said to the rest of us ok i’m done lets go home now.and the changeling said to her ok i want to go watch hannah montanna anyways.hahaha


    Comment by LAVENDULA on July 4, 2008
  6. We do take our kids out once in a while, but only at really weird times. Like “It’s 2:30! Let’s go have supper!”

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    Comment by Rebecca on July 4, 2008
  7. Can’t you just hear the groans from everyone in the room when someone walks into a place with small children? haha

    We had a momentary lapse of reason and took the boys to a restaurant a few months ago. It’s a long skinny building with a salad bar in the middle. At one point I had a child by a door on each end and I was somewhere in the middle, trying not to have a heart attack. I caught the youngest just as someone was opening the door for him!! Stupid idiots. So yeah, we won’t be doing that again for a while.


    Comment by AJ on July 4, 2008
  8. I do take them & regret it EVERY TIME. I’m sticking to buffets, fast & easy from now on though…


    Comment by Maria on July 4, 2008
  9. The only “restaurant” we take the kids to is A&W, and it doesn’t happen often :)

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    Comment by Angella on July 4, 2008
  10. The world appreciates your kindness. I rarely see kids going totally ape in restaurants, but when I do? The parents just sit there. HELLO ASSHOLES. Your kid is ruining dinner for everyone else. Take your kids where you want, but deal with the consequences.

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    Comment by slynnro on July 4, 2008
  11. I’m with you ten billion percent on this, sister! I didn’t take my kids to restaurants, good ones, until they were teenagers and even then I second guessed myself if ANYthing went wrong. It paid off though. THey enjoyed it alot and really learned to be good when we did. If it was just a fast food place they could have given a shit less.

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    Comment by Kristi on July 4, 2008
  12. We go to select restaurants. we can do Swiss Chalet and buffets. Usually. Matt has to be in the right mood or we don’t bother.
    Unless a restaurant is clearly kid-friendly we don’t go.

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    Comment by LD on July 4, 2008
  13. Bella’s got HAIR!

    That’s awesome!

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    Comment by SciFi Dad on July 4, 2008
  14. We’re pretty lucky in that department. Our kids have been eating in restaurants, and I mean some pretty nice ones, since they were little. Bring the coloring book, crayons etc…They also eat adult food, so it is easy.
    Jealous much?


    Comment by swirl girl on July 4, 2008
  15. God bless you for being one of those thoughtful parents who takes into consideration the people around you, because there’s nothing worse than the parent with the obnoxious child (not yours, of course, they look absolutely angelic, and I’m sure you wouldn’t let them go running around the restaurant crawling in and out of other diners’ chairs) who lets her kid terrorize the place, much to the bewilderment of the rest of the restaurant.

    Oh, and hi! How have you been? =)

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    Comment by Camels & Chocolate on July 4, 2008
  16. Mmmmmmm…. TIM HORTON’s.

    It was Tim Horton’s treat day at work today… there was this gorgeous new pink creation that I was immediately ALL OVER. It looks like a FLOWER!!! And it’s pink. It’s got a rasperry jelly center and the “petals” are pink icing coated timbits. Squeeeeeeeeee


    Comment by jasmine on July 4, 2008
  17. haha very understandable.

    and why are there no pics of miss Isabella in her costume in a fancy restaurant with milkshake everywhere? hmm..? I’m sure they’d be priceless! hehe

    oh yum.. donuts for breakfast! have never done that. i really must get a bit more crazy & try these things.


    Comment by Bronnie on July 4, 2008
  18. That’s awesome–Timmies every Sunday morning–sounds good to me :)


    Comment by Multi-Tasking Mommy on July 4, 2008
  19. Eating out with kids is way more work than it should be, considering someone else is cooking and doing most of the cleanup.

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    Comment by LiteralDan on July 5, 2008
  20. I wish we didn’t eat out so much. Our kids are well behaved, but it’s too expensive. Mmmm…doughnuts.


    Comment by Hockeyman on July 5, 2008
  21. I hear ya. But mine wear their Emo outfits…

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    Comment by Kelley on July 6, 2008
  22. Mmmm….donuts.

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    Comment by Kristabella on July 6, 2008
  23. lmao – sorry, the milkshake hit the people beside you? oops!


    Comment by Holly on July 6, 2008
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