Friday, November 30, 2012

Dinner Out

This weekend we are at Big Cedar in Branson Missouri.  Big Cedar holds a special place in our hearts!  It is where Brad took me the weekend after he got home from Iraq!  It is also where we went for our honeymoon!  And it is where we went for our babymoon on Valentine's weekend when we were pregnant with Addyson!  We love it here!  This year we started what we hope will be a tradition of taking the kids here to kick off our Christmas celebration with a weekend of Christmas fun!  I even got the kids new shirts and vests to be festive for the weekend! : )
Big Cedar on an average weekend is beautiful!  Add Christmas lights and Christmas spirit and it is amazing!  I was looking forward to everything about the weekend but ONE thing.....
Eating out!  We never eat out any more!  It is a bit much with 3 kids..... 3 young kids.... a meal gets a bit crazy and anything but relaxing!  I've actually gotten use to eating at home... and we all like it!  So, knowing we were going to be living in a hotel all weekend meant several meals out and I was dreading it.
Mainly because of this little guy!!!  He will sit in his highchair for 5 minutes and then wants out!!!  So at home we put him in his chair at the very last minute, then he eats (I feed him like crazy), and then he wants out and he wanders around.  In the restaurant that isn't so easy!  We wait way more then 5 minutes just to get food! 
First distraction, bread!  And we didn't put him in the highchair... we let him play in the booth!  That bought us some time.....
I also had a bag of new toys to play with in hopes that would buy us some more time!  I know it kept Owen happy... but it wasn't him I was worried about!!! : )  See the mat in front of him, I bought that for Owen when he was 2!  It has states on one side to talk about and the other side is chalkboard to write one.... and I bought new chalk for this weekend!!!
Addyson isn't one to play with toys but we asked to sit in front of the window we sat in front of last month when we came to eat lunch here... the one with all of the animals set up behind it.  Looking at that kept her busy as week as making funny faces for the camera.....
and taking pictures herself kept her busy!  Me.... this kept me busy!! : )  Maybe not busy but it helped keep me sane! ; )
Here are some more pictures from Addyson documenting our evening.... crazy dinner out through the eyes of a child! ; )  See the toys on the table! : )
See the mess on the table?!?! : )
Owen and I spent a lot of time playing tic tac toe and other games on the mat!
And this is how I looked most of the time..... lap covered with kids.... and table covered with toys and kids!
See the blurry spot?!?!  That was Ethan most of the time....a constant moving target!
And then the food finally came!  He refused to sit in his highchair.... guess he is too big for that these days or he got a taste of freedom over Thanksgiving and now he won't go back.... but at least he was sitting and eating.... and quite for the most part!
Downside is he was eating ribs and he was a tad bit messy... I didn't want to be the one sitting next to those slimy hands that were on the loose!

All in all our first dinner out in a while wasn't too bad... it was manageable.... but really, anything but relaxing.  Let's just saw we ate and ran.... no time to sit around and chat.... we could go outside and do that!! : )  We all survived the dreaded first dinner out.... I'm hoping the rest of the weekend is this manageable!!!

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