On Sunday night, we (Carl, Mom, Dad, brother Todd and I) went to dinner at one of my favorite restaurants Pescado Blanco for my birthday. It was the first time we have ever left the kids with anyone other than my parents, and since they came along, that wasn't really a possibility. We asked two of the girls who are managers of the wrestling team at Flathead to babysit, along with Elyssa, my littlest sister. The girls are both 15, and we figured between the two of them plus E. things would be manageable.
I expected horrifying displays of sadness when we left, so I prepared myself in advance, telling myself that no matter how upset they were, we were still going to go. They would be fine, right?
So imagine my shock and disbeliefe when the girls walked in, (they've never met them before, mind you) and C and A each ran to one and wanted held. We gave instructions, kissed all kids goodbye, and walked to the door. What did those little angels do? They smiled, waved, and said "Bye bye!" gleefully. We called several times to check and make sure everything was going alright, and strangely enough, it was. Not a tear, tantrum, or fight among them.
Carl says it just goes to show I am horribly overprotective, and we could have been out enjoying ourselves for months now, had I not insisted that they were not ready to be left.
I say that it just goes to show that I knew the exact time and place they would be ready to be left with someone other than family, and in the future he would do well to always trust my motherly intuition. :)
We did have a wonderful time, it was such a treat to be out with no children, and at such a great restaurant. Good food, good wine, great evening - I'm sure my 24th year will be wonderful, with such a positive start.
Also, Carl gave me a beautiful, cobalt blue Kitchenaide Mixer for my birthday. It is so pretty! Which is good, because I am trying not to bake, being the new healthy me and all! So it is sitting on my counter, sad and lonely.
Anyone have any good, healthy recipes for desserts? Pass them along, if so! Otherwise, my mixer is going to continue to be lonely for quite some time.