11/8/11

Cafes and Kids


We took our kids to a cafe last weekend that was a tad too fancy for us. The mirrored tables should have given us our first clue. The giant cookies at the counter should have been our second. Owen demanded that we give him one. He ate it before we got our lunch. Eventually we dropped 2 full glasses of water. On a positive note, the floors got freshly mopped twice while we were there. The food was delicious, but did my kids even realize? There was a lot of complaining going on. Sometimes I think my kids should just be (at best!) eating at Quiznos before the age of 10.


Do you sometimes try to eat at restaurants that are slightly out of your kids league because you're tired of the same old same old kid friendly places? I do and it's almost always something I regret! Maybe if I took care of my kids instead taking pictures the whole time . . . ha

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  1. Whoops - meant to sign in with a blogger account, but somehow messed that one up...

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    1. How to restore a broken relationship and marriage ,Love Spells That Really Work Fast

      My name is Mark Davis, my family and i live in NY USA.It was after seven years i got to discover that my wife was unfaithful to me.I didn't know what was going on at first but as she got deep in the affair with her new lover, i felt that our marriage was on the rocks.I notice that she no longer light up when i touch her or kiss her in her neck and her chest cos she really liked it when i did that, she also usually get naked in front of me but when she started seeing that guy she stopped it.I remember asking her if i have done anything that makes her feel irritated when i am around her then she gives silly excuses that she has been feeling stressed up and that she need space for a while.I know when you are been asked for space its usually because there is something fishy is going on.I hired a private investigator to help find out what was going on.And in a week time he brought me prove that my wife that i have lived with for seven straight year is cheating on me with her high school lover.I had picture of her walking out a of a restaurant with him and many other photo of them kissing in public like she will never be caught by someone that knows she is my wife.I asked myself, even when we had a daughter together she could this to me.That same night i showed her the pictures that i got from my private investigator.She didn't look at it before saying, that she is seeing someone and she know that i just found out about it.Then she said that she is in love with him.At that moment, i didn't know if to kill myself or to kill her but the button line is that if i was going to kill anyone it was going to be me cos i was so much in love with her to even think of thinking to hurt her.As time when on she asked for a divorce and got it and even got custody of our daughter and i was all alone by myself.For a year i tried all i could to get her back with the help of my seven year old daughter.Even at that all effect was in vain, i used the help of her friend but turned out all bad.I know most people don't believe in spell casting but believe me this was my last option and the result i most say was impressive.And i know it difficult to believe but A SPELL CASTER Dr brave really made my life much better cos he gave me my family back.He didn't ask me to pay for what he did for me all i was to do, was to provide the materials for the spell and believe that he had the power to help me.Like he said, he was going to do something that will make her reset her love and affection for me just as it has always been.My wife told me she woke up and realized that she should have never left me that i am all she needs.To make thing clear, her life with her high school lover was great before Dr brave castled the spell they had no disagreement on anything.The guy said it himself that why she broke up with him is unexplainable.Only Dr.Brave can do such a thing contact him to solve your problem with his email:bravespellcaster@gmail.com ,or kindly visit he website http://bravespellcaster.yolasite.com .CONTACT HIM NOW FOR SOLUTION TO ALL YOUR PROBLEMS

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    2. !!! How Dr.Ukaka Save My Broken Heart Of Marriage Today !!!

      My Name is Robert Rivas .I will love to share my testimony to all the people in the forum cos i never thought i will have my girlfriend back and she means so much to me..The girl i want to get marry to left me 4 weeks to our weeding for another man..,When i called her she never picked my calls,She deleted me on her Facebook and she changed her Facebook status from married to Single...when i went to her place of work she told her boss she never want to see me..i lost my job as a result of this cos i cant get myself anymore,my life was upside down and everything did not go smooth with my life...I tried all i could do to have her back to all did not work out until i met a Man when i Travel to Africa to execute some business have been developing some years back..I told him my problem and all have passed through in getting her back and how i lost my job...he told me he gonna help me...i don't believe that in the first place.but he swore he will help me out and he told me the reason why my girlfriend left me and also told me some hidden secrets.i was amazed when i heard that from him..he said he will cast a spell for me and i will see the results in the next couple of days..then i travel back to US the following day and i called him when i got home and he said he's busy casting those spells and he has bought all the materials needed for the spells,he said am gonna see positive results in the next 2 days that is Thursday...My girlfriend called me at exactly 12:35pm on Thursday and apologies for all she had done ..she said,she never knew what she's doing and her sudden behavior was not intentional and she promised not to do that again.it was like am dreaming when i heard that from her and when we ended the call,i called the man and told him my wife called and he said i haven't seen anything yet... he said i will also get my job back in 2 days time..and when its Sunday,they called me at my place of work that i should resume working on Monday and they gonna compensate me for the time limit have spent at home without working..My life is back into shape,i have my girlfriend back and we are happily married now with kids and i have my job back too,This man is really powerful..if we have up to 20 people like him in the world,the world would have been a better place..he has also helped many of my friends to solve many problems and they are all happy now..Am posting this to the forum for anybody that is interested in meeting the man for help.you can mail him on this e-mail; freedomlovespell@hotmail.com i cant give out his number cos he told me he don't want to be disturbed by many people across the world..he said his email is okay and you can also contact him on his web site: freedomlovespelltemple.yolasite.com

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  2. Why, yes, I am super late to this party and commenting now :) A new reader who is catching up. You have a great blog.

    I'm currently in Japan, but am from the States, and find it so interesting that here, in a country with a negative growth rate, that I notice little kiddos EVERYWHERE! It finally clicked: people here bring their kids with them every place they go. It's quite normal to have a kid or two next to you in a nice cafe or on the subway or in line for coffee. I haven't noticed any one complaining or giving looks to the families - perhaps it's the Japanese culture of politeness or maybe it's a different way of doing things: parenting out in the open, instead of segregating into "kid friendly" and "not." The kids seem pretty well behaved for the most part, but they are kids, so crying and dropped glasses and a frantic mom running across the place to catch a wily toddler are all par for the course.

    But - to be fair - I don't have kids and have been in country for 1 month. So maybe I have no idea what I'm talking about!

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  3. yes I have and I will keep doing it. We've had great experience where our kids behaved beautifully and we've had horrible experiences where both of them where a pain - in both family targeted restaurants and a bit fancier ones. I keep on going because each experience teaches them something and change is good. I truly believe that having kids should not limit us completely to only dining at home or at Mickey D's...venturing out a little can be an adventure and if it goes well the memories can be great.
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  4. we tend to picnic. even in the winter. nobody to give us dirty looks for our crazy kids and the birds clean up all the mess . but we have gone out and had melt downs, the kids make a huge mess and run around screaming..... i just chill out, let them make a mess of their dinner, they only eat their dessert, i drink a nice glass of wine, and remember to tip a bit extra. :) x

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  5. Those situations are never as bad as they seem from the inside. Growing up my Dad would take us on "Daddy Dates" for some special one-on-one time. We lived outside Chicago. For one of my "Daddy Dates" my Dad and I went to see Show Boat downtown and then went out to dinner at The Everest (a super fancy chicago restaurant). It was much fancier than he thought, certainly not a place for an 11 year old. When they brought us appetizers on a giant spoon that we didn't order, I had no idea what to do. My Dad said everyone was staring at us, and that he felt like an out of touch divorced Dad trying to impress his daughter on his visitation night. We certainly had a story to tell the rest of the family when we got home, and it definitely made a lasting memory between my Dad and I.

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    1. !!! How Dr.Ukaka Save My Broken Heart Of Marriage Today !!!

      My Name is Robert Rivas .I will love to share my testimony to all the people in the forum cos i never thought i will have my girlfriend back and she means so much to me..The girl i want to get marry to left me 4 weeks to our weeding for another man..,When i called her she never picked my calls,She deleted me on her Facebook and she changed her Facebook status from married to Single...when i went to her place of work she told her boss she never want to see me..i lost my job as a result of this cos i cant get myself anymore,my life was upside down and everything did not go smooth with my life...I tried all i could do to have her back to all did not work out until i met a Man when i Travel to Africa to execute some business have been developing some years back..I told him my problem and all have passed through in getting her back and how i lost my job...he told me he gonna help me...i don't believe that in the first place.but he swore he will help me out and he told me the reason why my girlfriend left me and also told me some hidden secrets.i was amazed when i heard that from him..he said he will cast a spell for me and i will see the results in the next couple of days..then i travel back to US the following day and i called him when i got home and he said he's busy casting those spells and he has bought all the materials needed for the spells,he said am gonna see positive results in the next 2 days that is Thursday...My girlfriend called me at exactly 12:35pm on Thursday and apologies for all she had done ..she said,she never knew what she's doing and her sudden behavior was not intentional and she promised not to do that again.it was like am dreaming when i heard that from her and when we ended the call,i called the man and told him my wife called and he said i haven't seen anything yet... he said i will also get my job back in 2 days time..and when its Sunday,they called me at my place of work that i should resume working on Monday and they gonna compensate me for the time limit have spent at home without working..My life is back into shape,i have my girlfriend back and we are happily married now with kids and i have my job back too,This man is really powerful..if we have up to 20 people like him in the world,the world would have been a better place..he has also helped many of my friends to solve many problems and they are all happy now..Am posting this to the forum for anybody that is interested in meeting the man for help.you can mail him on this e-mail; freedomlovespell@hotmail.com i cant give out his number cos he told me he don't want to be disturbed by many people across the world..he said his email is okay and you can also contact him on his web site: freedomlovespelltemple.yolasite.com

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  6. I'm one of those lame moms that will NOT take my kids to a non-kid friendly place if I can help it. I'm so paranoid the whole time and it just makes for a stressful dinner-even when the kids are being good. Yup, I'm a crazy one!

    I do however supplement by making sure all dates and girls nights occur at restaurants that I would never take the kiddos to.

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  7. Ha- been there, done that and getting ready to do it again with my grandson. The worst for me was when my youngest (now 9 but at the time 2) was spitting her chewed food out on to the restaurant (a fancy bistro) floor when she thought no one was looking. Fun times.

    Wendy - http://thedandybohemian.blogspot.com/

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  8. I think there is a season for all things:) A season for taking your kids to fancy restaurants is def.top on my list:) I like waiting until they are a bit older for such experiences. I really enjoy taking K to tearooms and fancy places (now the K is older and can appreciate the finer things in life)lol. As for C...I'll give this experience a few more years:)

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  9. I totally agree with "Chris"! The kids would probably rather eat at a kid-friendly place anyways and don't appreciate the extra money these places cost. You'll have plenty of time to show them the finer side of New York when they get older so save yourself the aggravation and enjoy the nicer places on your own during the day while they're in school.

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  10. Gaby [The Vault Files]March 30, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    We love eating out but with a toddler the game changes completely, doesn't it? Instead of having a relaxed time, getting a meal served, and enjoying all that, all you can do is try to keep your kid entertained and avoid a disaster (like the glasses one). So I guess you have two options: enjoy the adventure or avoid it! ;)

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  11. Ask for to-go cups next time or bring your own.

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  12. If you don't branch out they won't get the experience - but it doesn't need to be expensive. Just trying different cultures such as Japanese, Malaysian, Thai etc - as long as you tell them to keep the spice to an all time low - then it can be a load of fun. Since our child (ok we only have one so maybe that makes it easier?) but since he was 4 or 5 we have tried places like this and his palate is amazing plus he knows what's expected when you eat out. It also means you can keep away form those standard kid choices that aren't that great - fries, nuggets, pizza etc - our absolute favourite is sushi quickly followed by thai. Yum! The idea of doing it as a special 1 on 1 is a lovely one too. xxx

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  13. Gyða GunnarsdóttirMarch 30, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    Yes yes AND yes. When we travel with the kids we like to go to a place with GOOD food. We also try to pick out place like Italian, because they have often food that kids like a lot (pizza, spagetti) ;) , not OLIVE GARDEN.
    But after we had our 3rd child ( she is 3 now and does not like to sit longer than 10 min) we dont go as often, its really pain in ass to take all of them now. Maybe I wait until she will turn 3 1/2 or 4years old.

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  14. Okay, I'm really not trying to be harsh here (I love your blog, and to each his/her own, right?!), but....

    As a server in a "nicer" restaurant, I can't tell you how much we really, REALLY do NOT like situations like what you've just described. It doesn't just ruin your meal from the stress of it all, it ruins everyone's in a 10 - 20 foot radius and costs the waiter a lot of money because no one wants to sit in that section. I can't tell you how many times I've been told "not by the kids" or "we paid to get a sitter to come out, so we don't want to hear someone's kids while we're on actually on a date." If it's one kid (esp. above tantrum age), it's not too bad. Anyway, just letting you know, no matter how friendly they are to your face, they're really not happy to see you.

    Again, nothing personal against you or your kids. Just wanted to let you know the opinion of the vast majority of servers in non-kid friendly restaurants.

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  15. yep! i agree. i was a waitress too. i promise this cafe a step above a Hot and Crusty. haha

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  16. How to restore a broken relationship and marriage ,Love Spells That Really Work Fast

    My name is Mark Davis, my family and i live in NY USA.It was after seven years i got to discover that my wife was unfaithful to me.I didn't know what was going on at first but as she got deep in the affair with her new lover, i felt that our marriage was on the rocks.I notice that she no longer light up when i touch her or kiss her in her neck and her chest cos she really liked it when i did that, she also usually get naked in front of me but when she started seeing that guy she stopped it.I remember asking her if i have done anything that makes her feel irritated when i am around her then she gives silly excuses that she has been feeling stressed up and that she need space for a while.I know when you are been asked for space its usually because there is something fishy is going on.I hired a private investigator to help find out what was going on.And in a week time he brought me prove that my wife that i have lived with for seven straight year is cheating on me with her high school lover.I had picture of her walking out a of a restaurant with him and many other photo of them kissing in public like she will never be caught by someone that knows she is my wife.I asked myself, even when we had a daughter together she could this to me.That same night i showed her the pictures that i got from my private investigator.She didn't look at it before saying, that she is seeing someone and she know that i just found out about it.Then she said that she is in love with him.At that moment, i didn't know if to kill myself or to kill her but the button line is that if i was going to kill anyone it was going to be me cos i was so much in love with her to even think of thinking to hurt her.As time when on she asked for a divorce and got it and even got custody of our daughter and i was all alone by myself.For a year i tried all i could to get her back with the help of my seven year old daughter.Even at that all effect was in vain, i used the help of her friend but turned out all bad.I know most people don't believe in spell casting but believe me this was my last option and the result i most say was impressive.And i know it difficult to believe but A SPELL CASTER Dr brave really made my life much better cos he gave me my family back.He didn't ask me to pay for what he did for me all i was to do, was to provide the materials for the spell and believe that he had the power to help me.Like he said, he was going to do something that will make her reset her love and affection for me just as it has always been.My wife told me she woke up and realized that she should have never left me that i am all she needs.To make thing clear, her life with her high school lover was great before Dr brave castled the spell they had no disagreement on anything.The guy said it himself that why she broke up with him is unexplainable.Only Dr.Brave can do such a thing contact him to solve your problem with his email:bravespellcaster@gmail.com ,or kindly visit he website http://bravespellcaster.yolasite.com .CONTACT HIM NOW FOR SOLUTION TO ALL YOUR PROBLEMS

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  17. !!! How Dr.Ukaka Save My Broken Heart Of Marriage Today !!!

    My Name is Robert Rivas .I will love to share my testimony to all the people in the forum cos i never thought i will have my girlfriend back and she means so much to me..The girl i want to get marry to left me 4 weeks to our weeding for another man..,When i called her she never picked my calls,She deleted me on her Facebook and she changed her Facebook status from married to Single...when i went to her place of work she told her boss she never want to see me..i lost my job as a result of this cos i cant get myself anymore,my life was upside down and everything did not go smooth with my life...I tried all i could do to have her back to all did not work out until i met a Man when i Travel to Africa to execute some business have been developing some years back..I told him my problem and all have passed through in getting her back and how i lost my job...he told me he gonna help me...i don't believe that in the first place.but he swore he will help me out and he told me the reason why my girlfriend left me and also told me some hidden secrets.i was amazed when i heard that from him..he said he will cast a spell for me and i will see the results in the next couple of days..then i travel back to US the following day and i called him when i got home and he said he's busy casting those spells and he has bought all the materials needed for the spells,he said am gonna see positive results in the next 2 days that is Thursday...My girlfriend called me at exactly 12:35pm on Thursday and apologies for all she had done ..she said,she never knew what she's doing and her sudden behavior was not intentional and she promised not to do that again.it was like am dreaming when i heard that from her and when we ended the call,i called the man and told him my wife called and he said i haven't seen anything yet... he said i will also get my job back in 2 days time..and when its Sunday,they called me at my place of work that i should resume working on Monday and they gonna compensate me for the time limit have spent at home without working..My life is back into shape,i have my girlfriend back and we are happily married now with kids and i have my job back too,This man is really powerful..if we have up to 20 people like him in the world,the world would have been a better place..he has also helped many of my friends to solve many problems and they are all happy now..Am posting this to the forum for anybody that is interested in meeting the man for help.you can mail him on this e-mail; freedomlovespell@hotmail.com i cant give out his number cos he told me he don't want to be disturbed by many people across the world..he said his email is okay and you can also contact him on his web site: freedomlovespelltemple.yolasite.com

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