My brother, Jamie, and my sister-in-law, Su-Su (not her real name, by the way...that's just what Natalie and Michaela Byrd call her) closed on their first house yesterday! To celebrate, my mom offered to take us all out to dinner.
Never mind that the invitation was extended while the girls and I were at the pool. I managed to drag the girls out of the pool and into the car after many repeated promises of chicken nuggets. It struck me then that times have certainly changed.
Ten years ago, a dinner invitation at 5 pm would have been no big deal. I would have gone home, taken a shower, styled my hair, chosen a new (stylish) outfit, and headed out the door without a care in the world. Now I have to cajole a 3 year old to use the potty, change a little one's diaper, throw all the swim suits in the wash, and pack some whole milk for Michaela Byrd, who resembles a refuge from a war-torn country. Girl needs all the fat she can get!
These days, Su-Su knows better than to suggest a "real" restaurant, so we settled on a Cracker Barrel, which while not known for its stellar culinary reputation, it certainly beats another round of Chick-fil-a.
You've gotta love a restaurant that provides free entertainment! I like being able to hustle unruly children out here during the meal. Thankfully, that didn't happen tonight!Natalie crushed Jamie in a game of "checks." Her strategy involves grabbing pieces at whim, whether they are hers or not.
Love the red, white and blue!
Not sure how we made it out without one of the girls begging for a sample from this wall of heaven, but we did. I just love all that shelving!
As we exited the restaurant, I could feel the warm summer breeze kissing my face and the sun was beginning to dip a bit lower in the sky. I felt the slightest hint of my former self--that carefree, relaxed, summer beach feeling that makes you want to just sit in the sand, close your eyes, and hear the ocean crash.
Then Michaela Byrd wiped her snotty nose on my shoulder and ended my revelry.
Yes, times have changed.