When it was Noah’s turn for date night the other week, I asked him if he wanted burgers or tacos. If I said burgers or tacos he responded burgertacos but if I asked tacos or burgers he said tacoburgers.
So I found this image and showed it to him. He said there was a burger and a taco and then when asked which he wanted for dinner he thought about it and pointed to the taco.
So we went to Torchy’s and he was so happy. Tacos was exactly what he wanted. He got a bean and cheese taco and ate the whole thing.
To drink, he said wanted “black” which meant Pepsi. We let the kids have soda on their date nights. He was as happy with his drink choice as he was with his taco.
When I first tried to sit down he said no. He didn’t like that table. He picked a different one right by the line of people ordering. He had the best time watching people and saying hi to some of them.
Noah had a great time on his date and was so incredibly cute the whole time. He’s a fun little kid.
The other day it was Adrian’s turn for a date. He picked BJs for where he wanted to eat. He loves their gluten free pizza and pizookie.
It was really nice getting to sit and focus on just Adrian for an hour with the little siblings running around and needing our attention.
A few weeks ago it was Joel’s turn to go on a two-on-one date. Since he said yes to every food option we offered him (including ones we know he doesn’t actually like), we decided to take him to Rudy’s for some delicious “chicken” (the brisket kind of chicken…).
If you ask Nicky what he wants to eat he always says pizza. So for his two-on-one date a few weeks ago we went to Purple Garlic where they have some excellent gluten free pizza. He spent over 20 minutes coloring on the kids’ menu.
Once he got tired of coloring (and had covered pretty much the whole paper), he unwrapped all our silverware and did some swordfighting.
It takes 25-30 minutes for pizzas to get done there since they are made fresh so we pulled out the Fire and got him set up watching some Baby Shark videos and a couple minutes later our food arrived.
He was very excited to get his pizza. He loved it and ate the whole thing. Pizza really is his favorite food.
At some point our server came to fill our water and Nicky showed her his coloring and then gave it to her. She promised to put it up in the kitchen for everyone to enjoy.
A few weeks ago we took Noah on his every couple month two-on-one date to Fish City Grill. I was in the mood for shrimp and they have a gluten free menu and Noah will eat anything so off we went.
Waiting for your food is not easy when you are little, but they had saltine crackers on the table and Noah thought they tasted pretty great.
We ordered fish and chips for him. The kids meal came with so much food! I wasn’t sure he’d be able to eat it all but he nearly did. He left just 2/3 of one fish stick behind. Noah doesn’t say much spontaneously, but he was very clear saying “No more” when he got full.
Jamie had gotten his salad with oil and vinegar (red wine vinegar) so I jokingly said Noah should dip his fries in the leftover vinegar. At first he made a face, but then he decided it was yummy and ended up dipping the rest of his fries before he ate them. His British Nan would be proud!
It’s truly fun hanging out with one kid at a time. They always make us laugh in some way. For example, Noah holding his chosen lovey in The Beast. Some kids cuddle stuffed animals, some cuddle blankies. My son cuddles a big old dump truck!
Once a week we take a kid on a date. When it was Mayci’s turn she chose to go to Big’z Burger Joint, a place with, quite possibly, the best burgers in the world.
I taught her how to make orange sauce and how to use a fry to mix it up. Ketchup and mustard together is just way superior to each on their own.
One of the most fun things about Big’z is they have a big fenced in field so kids can run around and play while waiting for their food/for parents to finish their food. There’s always balls to kick around out there. Mayci discovered it’s not quite as fun without her siblings with her.
The only time the kids get soda is when they are on their date. She wanted Dr Pepper like her Daddy drinks. She is a fan.
It’s always fun to have a little two-on-one time with our kids. With this many children it’s pretty much a must to plan specific time for each of them.