Yesterday afternoon, John called me around 2:30 to tell me he was on his way home. He'd been playing host to an author all day and was driving the guy back to his hotel which is close to our house, so he called it a day and came home early. Such a nice surprise. Abbey loved having him all to herself for a little while, and Will and Sarah were thrilled when they walked out to the van after school and saw that it was Dad instead of Mom there to pick them up.
Another nice surprise was that John offered to take us out for dinner last night. I'm usually up for eating out, but I had already decided what to fix for dinner and I didn't want to spend the money or drive to the restaurant, but I conceded (okay, twist my arm) and we headed to our favorite Mexican place.
I had a coupon for some free queso, and one of the kids wanted that for dinner, and yes, I let them eat queso and chips for dinner because at least I know they'll eat it and not waste it...nothing bugs me more than to waste food at a restaurant. John and I split an entree (soooo much food!) and two of our kids shared a child's meal. It was so YUM! When the waiter brought our bill to us, it was $11.71. What?!? That can't be right. We told him when he returned that he undercharged us, but he insisted it was correct. Turns out that kids eat free on Tuesdays. Who knew? But can you believe our family of five ate mexican food for $11.71 (before tip)??? I was jazzed! I pay more than that for Chick-Fil-A, and more than that for some meals I make at home! Crazy, huh? But such a nice surprise. And if you're looking for me next Tuesday night, I have a good idea where you might find me.