This week’s Works for Me Wednesday is a suggestion to all the parents out there, who just really wish they could go out for dinner every weekend, but don’t want to because, well, you have kids who would want to come with you. When I mentioned taking the boys (ages 5, 3, and 7 months) out for dinner last weekend, Matt replied with, “Let’s wait until you or I do something really bad, and then punish ourselves with that.” So now you know how he feels about that. We adore our children, and it’s not that they are badly-behaved; it’s just that it’s not relaxing to eat dinner at a restaurant with them. And unfortunately, getting a sitter all the time just isn’t practical.
So a couple of years ago, we started doing Saturday night carryout dinner…after the children are in bed. We feed them a quick dinner, get their baths done, and get them in bed on time so that they wake up bright-eyed and bushy-tailed for church on Sunday morning. And while one of us is finishing up the bedtime routine, the other calls in dinner to a local restaurant, and goes and picks it up. OR, we make one of a couple of our favorite dinners together (I do some of the prep work, like cutting up vegetables, etc, earlier in the day so we can start cooking at 7:30 or so). We don’t get all fancy with candles and music, but of course, you could.
It’s just so nice to sit down to a quiet meal once a week, where we can talk and not be interrupted. And, at a fraction of the cost of eating in a restaurant and paying a babysitter, we can do this most Saturday nights.