Me: “Daddy says we’re going to a restaurant! Let’s get our shoes on and be ready when he gets here!”
Graham: “Yay! Were pretending restaurant tonight! Let’s get fings ready in da kitchen! I love when we do restaurant!”
Me: “We’re going to a real restaurant tonight! Let’s get our shoes on!”
Bess: “I be the chef! I help Daddy make food! I love pretend restaurant!”
Me: “I know we pretend restaurant a lot, but tonight Daddy is taking us to Cheddars! We are eating at a real restaurant tonight! Let’s get our shoes on. He’s almost home!”
Graham: “I’ll be the waiter! I love being the waiter! Let’s go get the restaurant ready before Daddy gets home!”
Me: “Does anyone understand that we need shoes? Daddy is taking us in the van to Cheddars! Please put on your shoes!”
Bess: “I make menus! You pick pizza?”
Me: “I give up. Adelaide, are you ready to go to a restaurant?”
Adelaide: [crawling to the door] “EAT! GO! EAT! READY!”
Me: “One down. Two to go!”
We had such a fun time! It’s our new October 31st tradition. The restaurant was pretty empty. Our service was amazing! Paxton, a lovely young lady, was so attentive and conscientious of Adelaide’s needs. She even brought treat bags to the kids. Tiny candy for Adelaide, allergen-free candy for Bess, and ‘big boy’ candy for Graham.
Cheddars is one of our go-to restaurants when we do eat out, because Bess has no issues with their food, Adelaide has plenty of room, and Graham’s extremely loud ‘inside voice’ phases no one in a place so loud.
What a fun new tradition! Even though we absolutely love our pretend restaurant nights. Our little people are simply the best.