Feb 15, 2008

Sweet Traditions

Can you tell we treasure traditions in this house? This one, we came up with 3 years ago out of desperation. We couldn't find a baby sitter for Valentine's Day. So, out of my husband's infinitely creative and romantic brain popped a new idea. "Hey, how about we make our house a restaurant and let the kids be the waiters!" Great! Sounds good to me! So, each year, we do the cooking (the Chuck part of "we"), then instruct the kids on what items to bring to the table first (like - not the dessert), then we sit back and enjoy our meal (at the little kid table). It's really the perfect set up.

We even get to put on our special clothes (like big people, dress-up, date clothes that are getting dusty in our closet). Sometimes, the boys help me pick out that perfect outfit. This year, I was given the freedom to pick out my own clothes, thankfully. The kids also put on their nicest clothes with a tie. They like to sling a dish towel over their shoulder to add that perfect touch.

Then comes the big moment. We walk outside and close the door behind us. I'm sure our neighbors find it a bit odd that Chuck and I are just hanging around on our front porch in our Sunday best for no apparent reason...but by now, I'm sure they're not surprised by anything we do. We savor the 5 minutes of alone time before knocking on the door of the restaurant. Each year the kids also come up with a name for it and draw a picture and place it somewhere in the 'restaurant'. This year, we dined at Ronos.

We are then escorted to the best (and only) seat in the house. A perfectly set child's table in the middle of our living room. We even get a candle and music. The mood is perfect. The waiters - hugely attentive. Our wait staff is also very 'lovey' - they love to give us hugs and compliments. Come to think of it, I think we had at least one waiter at our table or talking to us or staring at us the entire time we were there. At one point the young female waitress came and asked us in her softest, airy voice, "Um, excuse me, but is your food yummy?" Oh yes...we have very yummy food! This same waitress thoughtfully pointed out the direction of the nearest potty if the need ever arose to have to use it. Like I said, the service is impeccable.

This year we had an extra treat, my Mom was in town and was able to take part in the festivities with us. Having a head waitress was a HUGE help. Good times!
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4 comments:

Katrina said...

That is a GREAT tradition! So sweet. I remember doing that once for our Mom and Dad on their anniversary (I was older, so I handled the cooking) and they loved it. Happy Valentine's Day to you and your precious family!

Jennifer said...

So glad that you have another Valentine's Day to remember :) I'm just not brave enough to allow my kiddos to serve us - I'm sure a fight would break out in the kitchen that I'd have to go deal with... But, I'm waiting for pictures...maybe the head waitress took some??? (by the way, tell her HI for me, please!)

This year, Michael & I were able to go out together on the 15th (last night) for a nice dinner. Thanks to Parent's Night Out, we had cheap childcare! Anyway, we chose Saltgrass since we very rarely go there. We had a wonderful dinner and I ate my entire steak after eating a small helping of appetizer and about 2/3 of a salad - I was hungry and the food was very yummy :)

Jennboree said...

That is so sweet, my eyes teared up!

We currently have tea parties but maybe we can upgrade to full restaurant service in a few years!

Jennifer said...

I love the picture :)

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