This evening, after Aaron got home from Cub Scout camp, I took my kids out to dinner. No one had any plans or obligations for the evening, so I thought I had better grab the chance while I could. Not fast food, The Olive Garden. We were seated at a large table in an alcove so we had plenty of room to talk and laugh and eat.
I ordered two appetizers,bruschetta bread and a combo platter of baked ravioli and baked mozzarella, which were gobbled up in short order. I let the kids order whatever sounded good, and they all made reasonable choices. I had Parmesan crusted tilapia with angel hair pasta. It was incredible. And I treated everyone to dessert. I had lemon creme cake, the boys had chocolate gelatto, and the teenagers shared a chocolate dessert.
It was a really great meal. Everyone got along, talked, kidded,and shared bites of food with each other. Aaron sat like a little gentleman. I love the way the 3 older kids have so much in common, and when they want to, can get along so well.
The meal itself was pretty expensive, about 3 times more than a dinner for 5 at McDonald's, but the time together was worth it.