We then came home where the boys crashed for some nice long naps. When they woke up we had the pool in the backyard filled for them! As the boys were playing in the water and eating their popsicles I threw an idea out to Nick… “Let’s take some of that birthday money from my grandparents and go out to eat as a family tonight!” He was all for it, and I was pumped at the thought of not having to cook or clean up! (Thanks Grandma and Grandpa!)
Bob Evans has become our restaurant of choice when venturing out with the boys. They’re laid back, always have plenty of high chairs, have cheap food and it didn’t hurt that I had a free kids meal coupon. This particular dining out experience was a liberating one for me! Normally I bring bibs, sippy cups, anti-bacterial wipes and a huge diaper bag when we eat out (we’ve eaten out with the boys a whopping 4 times now). This time I thought “you know what, my boys are almost two (*gasp!*) and they are capable of eating without bibs as long as we don’t give them too much ketchup. And really the boys are great at using cups with straws now, so we don’t really need the sippy cups… and they’re old enough now that I don’t need to go crazy with wiping the table and chairs.”
I walked out of the house with a diaper bag with just diapers in it, which I left in the car at the restaurant. That means I was able to walk into the restaurant with nothing but my purse! WOW! What a feeling 🙂
Anyway, we bought the boys each a cup of chocolate milk. They’ve had chocolate milk here at home but I suspect Bob Evans uses a bit more chocolate in theirs. The boys were literally trembling while drinking it!