As far as eating out we have good days and bad. For the most part though, we have a number of places that we go & the kids are comfortable there and know how they are expected to behave. One is an Indian restaurant and we always go for the lunch buffet so they don't have to wait for food. Most others are pub type places, so pretty casual, and the adults can get just as rowdy as any kids!
Come to think of it, we tend to eat lunch out because it's less busy than dinners out. I can't do crowds with the kids, just don't have the patience.
We don't often take the kids to more formal meals, though we did for Christmas dinner & it went off without a hitch.
The baby fell asleep & slept the whole time & the kids were content with their meals & thankfully quiet. Sometimes we'll have "date" night with one child & one parent too, and that's fun one on one time.
In other news, I'm having contractions, but nothing that hurts too badly so I'm thinking the babe's arrival is still a few weeks away. With my broken sewing machine, I've given up on sewing newborn diapers, but luckily another MDC mama is sending me some. (Thanks Elisa!) Chris is out of town for his last business trip before the baby comes, and I'm busily trying to finish up some longies & a baby blanket. We just started a new history curriculum too and everybody is having a lot of fun with that.
And Helen, I'll be mailing a package to you on Tuesday as soon as Chris brings me home some money.