You may remember us doing this in the past. The kids and I came up with three restaurants and each of them got to choose which one they wanted to go out too. Then Adam chose which restaurant would go first. Doing this gives John and I some special quality time with just a few of the kids and makes for a special evening out. Later this week we will take the younger boys out to McDonalds to play in the playplace.
The first group went to Panera Bread, but first we went to Starbucks to get our drinks. Anna and Paul ordered sweetened green tea. Anastasia and Sveta got strawberry frapps. Rachel ordered a caramel drink.
Paul of course ordered the sandwich with the most meat on it. Three of the girls wanted three different salads. After, we went to Costco to pick up pictures, test out couches, and buy gum. :)
It was a wonderful date night out!
A few days later we took Julia, William, Jonny, Adam, and Andrew to Farmer Boys.
The waitress was very nice.
She brought William a cookies and cream milk shake on the house.
John and I normally split a burger but we didn't that night. The girls helped me finish it at home. :) After we were finished eating we went couch shopping-- which turned out to be lots of fun!
Tonight we went out with Caleb, Annalyn, and Galina to Olive Garden. Sitting up at the bar waiting to be seated, Annalyn asks the bartender, "Do you have a Shirley Temple?"
We had lots of fun talking about life-- you know-- boys, skateboard parks, movies, school, etc.
Just as John predicted, Galina ordered salmon. Like always, John ordered my second choice and we shared. We discussed Caleb and Paul's birthdays coming up. At Caleb's suggestion we will be doing a joint birthday party for the two of them. Paul is pretty excited too.
Here are all the kids' pictures up on the wall. I surprised them when they got home from the skateboard park with John. Nolan was especially interested in staring at all of the pictures. It is pretty cool how he knows most of our names now and can point to our picture when we say a name.
Sveta has really matured a lot this past month. She not only read the little boys a bedtime story but she offered to bake a cake. Anna only helped her with the water measurement and preheating the oven. What warms my heart is how much pride she takes in doing these things.