Sunday, June 14, 2009

Why Do We Do This?

Going out to eat with three kids is pure hell. I don't know why I continue to put myself through this hell. Come Friday, I want to go out. Come Friday night, I vow to never do it again. It's a vicious cycle I can't break. It reminds me a lot of my drinking binges in college except there is little alcohol involved.

My husband and I celebrated our 8th anniversary at our old favorite restaurant - Bahama Breeze. Having no family nearby or good babysitters on hand, we decided to bring the kids and sit outside near the bar. We thought it would be less formal and easier with the kids. Once my son's slushie hit the ground and burst, I could sense the hate in the room aimed at me and my family. All the happy hour, working class, 20-something kids were staring at us with pure hate. I could tell they wanted our loud kids and screaming baby out of their space.

So, it's back to Fudruckers, Chuck-E-Cheese and on special nights, Chili's for us. Having a video game on the premises is a requirement in our dining establishments. If there are no waitresses or waiters, that's an even bigger plus. The menu must consist of some sort of deep fried chicken and fries or else it's just not within our scope.

Maybe for our 16th anniversary we can try Bahama Breeze again. Without kids. And with lots of alcohol.


Nori D said...

Lol! I understand. I have 3 of my own (4 months, 23 months, and 4.5 years). My 4.5 year old is pretty good, but you know how it is with infants, and need I say how it goes with a 2 year old? Wow! I've walked out before even eating, because I cant take the stress nor the stares. My husband the optimist always says, 'today will be ok', but no! My fears always come true. We look like an out of control family. Ive resorted to take out, and quick meals, like Burger King. Once in a blue the hubby and I get to escape, since we also dont have family near by.

You're not alone..

Milo's Creations said...

Cause you think this time will be different. The kids will behave, no one will scream, strangers won't stare and your food will arrive with lighting speed and you'll have a great server. And then you wake up! Go back to sleep, you and hubby will have your day once the kids are older! Happy Anniversary! Next year just send hubby to for curbside to go meals from your favorite resturant, while you put the kids to bed. Or better yet, you go get the food and let him have the bedtime duty!

Kristina said...

Have your kids ever jammed their straw through the side of their styrofoam "childrens'" cup or squeezed so hard they poked a whole in it while the cup was full? That's fun.

Linda @ My Trendy Tykes said...

I can totally relate! My three kids make me a nervous wreck just trying to sit down and eat a meal.....and that's in my own home. GEESH!