Tonight, Lonnie & I headed out for a date night, thanks to Auntie Emily, who called yesterday and offered to come hang with the girls. We hadn’t decided until Lonnie came home tonight after work whether or not we were going out or just hanging out here at home with Emily, but how can you turn away free babysitting? At night? You can not! And I cannot tell you how awesome (and amazing) it is to be in a place now where all three kids go to bed easily, without us. There were no tears, it was easily manageable for just one person (!), they all had dinner, a bath, teeth, jammies, and stories, the whole shebang. The little ones will probably be more insistent to nurse when they wake in the night, but, eh, what’s new? (I know, I know, I have been working on re-night weaning, and its going decently!).
Emily did mention at one point AFTER she had gotten all three girls in PJs and ready for stories, Elsie and Delia came running in buck naked. Ha ha, their newest trick with their current snap on jammies! Sometimes, they help take each other’s diapers off, though they usually can do it themselves in a pinch…
Back to our date, for those Seattleites following who care, we headed to the West Seattle Junction and landed at Spring Hill. Great place for hard core food fans, for sure! Fancy yet not snobby (at least one of the waiters had on jeans, I noted — we are still in Seattle!!!), with a totally sleek and simple decor and and upscale, seemingly super clean open kitchen. Admittedly, some menu items kind of freaked me out (roasted beef marrow bone or rabbit pate appetizer, anyone?) and there were side dishes that I am sure are divine but I just could not decipher (such as the halibut, that came with "smoked clam with pale ale crispies, malted celery root, remoulade relish?" Um, what?). We noted that Lonnie’s bro (Unkee Chah-lie) who is cooking up such fab things at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris right now would have been a great help when deciding on our dinners.
Seriously though, the food was great — I had an amazing bacon cheese burger with "beef fat fries" (which I obviously did not share, but brought home to reheat tomorrow) and the waiter and chefs were very helpful and aware of the allergy stuff — they made Lonnie some great fancy side dishes to go with his perfect pork chop that did not have beef or dairy (a challenge in this restaurant, I think — there is a lot of delicious butter, cheese, and beef products going on in there!).
We then wandered the Junction a bit more and picked up some dessert for me at Bakery Nouveau (nothing dairy free there, ha ha!). I got the praline dream mousse that was awarded "the best chocolate dessert in Seattle" in 2007. And indeed, it is still going strong now in 2010 — it was AMAZING! I ate it while enjoying while watching another episode of our geeky Netflix TV series at home on the couch.
All in all, a great, relaxing evening. And so far, no peeps from the kiddos! I’ve got to head to bed — here’s to an entire peep-free night! One can dream, right…?