Friday, March 14, 2008

Good Times at Happy Wok


Tonight after soccer, Adam was begging to go to Happy Wok for dinner. Dan was stressed out and Esther was melting down as her bed time came and went, so I ended up having a special date with Eli & Adam over beef with broccoli while Dan took Esther home and put her down. We had a fun meal together. When we eat Chinese food the boys love to write the name of each member of our family next to their appropriate Chinese Zodiac sign on the paper place mats. We start with Grandpa Joe and Grandma Linda, go down through me and Dan and all of our brothers and sisters, and finish with Eli, Adam and Esther. They were extra happy tonight because I let each of them order their own beef with broccoli instead of making them share. They pinky swore to each other that they would finish all of the food on their plates. And they both found out that they like the General's Chicken that I always order, and have decided to add that to their repertoire. We sat next to a nice older lady who talked to us throughout our meal. She showed the boys each kind of vegetable she had in her meal, talked to them about the merits of friend rice over white rice, and gave them her leftover wonton strips. She had a cane with pink daisies all over it.

The boys wanted to do something to cheer up Dan, so I suggested we bring him some ice cream. We walked down the strip mall together to Baskin Robbin and picked out a flavor we thought he'd like. The boys especially liked the fact that it was called "Love Potion #31" since that would let him know that we love him. We talked about how when we got home they should go right to bed and obey their sleep rules because that would help Dad to feel better. They came in the house and told Dan they loved him and that we had bought him some ice cream to help him feel better. He seemed to be in a better mood, and is now snuggling with them in their bed. My favorite part of the evening was while we were at Baskin Robbin and Adam kept saying that he was just so grateful to me for taking them out for dinner that he didn't know what to say.

7 comments:

Leslie said...

I love Mom & Son Date Nights! Drake and I went out a week ago with some friends and their boys and played laser tag and it was so fun! Drake always insists on letting him open my door - What a great night you had! It's so great to hear about our parallel universes! We miss you guys! (I am an ox) :)

BECKY said...

Oh, I almost started crying at Adam's comment about not knowing what to say! That is so sweet! He will always remember these special times you spend together and he'll adore you for them (if not now, then sometime down the road!)
We love looking at the Chinese signs, too. I'm a rabbit. What are you?

BECKY said...

Just so you don't think I've lost my mind, I was just kidding about the "what are you?" part. I know you're a rabbit, too! Boing boing!

Byron & Michelle said...

what a fun evening. I love those moments when life just seems simple and good. And when our kids find joy in fairly simple things. Way to go, Andrea Mom!

Janie said...

Sounds like a fun night, especially with the one year old back home in bed! Good job mama bear!

Elizabeth said...

That sounds like an awesome night, everyone deserves a little time like that with their kids, I bet they were in heaven! and, We LOVE LOVE LOVE happy wok!

Brenda said...

What a good mom and what a sweet son! From a sheep (compatible with rabbits!)