Eating out as a family doesn’t happen too often for us. Trying to enjoy a meal with a 3 year old that still has a very limited understanding of boundaries and a recently mobile baby who is no longer happy being strapped in – well it’s just not that relaxing. Put it this way, i can think of better ways to spend 40 quid.
So i guess this weeks moment is not that ordinary but when we do go to the ‘cafe’ (read pub) this is the ordinary setting. S in a highchair with an infinite supply of rice cakes, F in the care of the auto nanny, J (behind the camera) trying to watch the football and me with a large glass of ‘mummy’s juice’. There is often a fair amount of sugary bribery involved because sometimes you just have to choose your battles, if nothing else the wine certainly helps it all ‘feel’ a bit more relaxing :)
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I love mummy juice! ;)
me too!! :)
ha love this! your wine looks so good right about now too ;) x
Chin chin :)
A little bribery and corruption is a wonderful thing for all concerned!
I don’t know what i would do without it! x
Great picture, anything to make eating out a little less stressful I’m all for!
Thanks Hayley – exactly how i feel! x
Haha, eating out with one child is a challenge enough, so I can imagine it’s a whole lot worse with two. We had to completely abandon meal out plans last week because O was in a terrible mood and it would have been a complete waste of money!
Mummy juice and a takeaway at home instead (once the little terror was fast asleep upstairs) x
ha well we hardly ever do it! If we do, it’s close to home and with plenty of distractions. take aways we do lots lots more :)
Ha! I’ve just written a post about exactly this (not published it yet though). Some moments are made all the better with a glass of something ‘nice’ to accompany them ;-)
Soooooo agree :)
Ha! Love it! I like your style xx
ha ha thanks x
Oh I could have taken just this picture of my family!
Glad it’s not just me! ;)
I love your reference to mommy juice, auto nanny and rice cakes. I do the exact same when we go out for dinner with my 2 yr old n 5 month old n hubby is definitely always watching the tv behind. Lol life is funny. Love ur post. I can highly relate.
Thanks :) I’m glad i’m not alone ha ha x
Haha I love this photo it is so similar to our set up when we go out for a meal. It’s hard because we used to love eating out, and I get in my head that we should all go out, then as soon as we are there I regret it and think we should have stayed home. ;)
I love eating out too! We still do it quite a bit, sometimes it’s ok and sometimes i think ‘bloody hell why did we do that again!’
I used to love going out for family meals. Then we had our second child, who at 1 1/2 will only sit still for 5-10 minutes. Even mummy juice can’t help! (sob,sob)
That’s a really difficult age isn’t it! My 3 year old is still a fidgit but at least the auto nanny helps x
haha I am glad its not just me that finds eating out painful! Youngest is 5 in Feb and he coped marginally better this weekend! So there is hope :) x
This set up seems all too familiar in our family too except swap the wine for a soco lol x