T Rex Family

T Rex Family

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Downtown Outing One

This week we had not just one outing downtown but two - both were to catch up with friends whom we haven't seen in a while. However, we always try to mix in some fun for the kids especially if they are well behaved during long meals. We do our best to pack their food and some entertainment (crayons, playdough, stickers, etc.). Usually we only get about 60-90 minutes total from the time we walk into a restaurant to the time we walk out. It is a mad orchestration of controlled chaos but it gets easier each time. Good preparation is the key. Impromptu stuff is rarely successful. 

On this first outing we had  sushi with a close family friend who just returned from climbing Mt. McKinley. We heard her husband's version of the climb a couple weeks back. Now it was our turn to hear her version of the climb. If you'd like to read more, visit News From Summit Ridge. It was fun to hear two versions of the same climb. They were on different ends of the rope so what was scary to her was nothing to him and vice versa.

Here are some photos from the first downtown outing this past week. There were so many great photos that I'm just including them all. We actually have a pretty nice family photo, too. This is extremely rare. Also very rare - a photo of just T Rex Dad.

T Rex always insists on riding the escalator so we always do - this time, however, we took a photo of Bebe Sister riding it for the first time.

Then to the wishing fountain to throw in pennies and splash a bit. This is right next to city hall. 

 Bebe Sister loves riding in her Boba carrier. She totally thinks I'm her pony and kicks her heels in the stirrups to get me to go and pats my back in the direction she wants me to go. I understand now why my horse used to give me some of the looks she would give. I have more compassion for her and significant admiration for her patience, too. Here we are "galloping" - this is her favorite activity in the pack.

All that fun left for some thirsty kids. Luckily, there is a drinking fountain. Bebe Sister enjoyed a drink while T Rex thought it great fun to plug the water and make it spray. 

Outing number two coming up...

Do you have success when taking your kids out to eat? If so, what are your tactics for success?


Rey said...

You have the cutest family!

At an early age, my kids learned that behaving in a restaurant meant an evening of enjoyment with the family. And bad behavior meant eating in the car with mommy or daddy while everyone else enjoyed the restaurant. I only had to do it once with each kid, they caught on quick!

Caitlin said...

Adorable pictures of you family! They really all turned out so good I can see why you couldn't narrow it down!
My favorite is the one of you galloping! HAHA! Such joy on princess' face! I hardly ever remember to use the "stirrups" but I will have to!

angie said...

We take our kids out all the time. My biggest tip? Teach them what's expected or every outing could be a disaster.

Kim said...

Boy are you ever right about being prepared for an outing versus impromptu. I love these pictures. You look so good!!

septembermom said...

I have 2 out of 4 picky eaters so eating out can be a challenge at times!

Love the family picture :) Your kids are getting so big!!

Crunchy Beach Mama said...

Fountains are the best!