My husband and I haven’t been on a dinner date since before the baby was born – almost a year. Since I’m not working, we have been able to go to lunch with just the baby and at first, she often slept right through lunch. But now that she is older, she is an active participant in our lunches. We also went fishing a couple of times while our 13-year-old watched the baby for a couple of hours. That was nice, but not entirely stress free as he called us at least once every 30 minutes or so to ask when we were coming home. So when our friend offered to watch the kids while we had a date night, we figured we better take him up on it before he changed his mind. It’s not easy to find a babysitter for all our kids. Our oldest doesn’t really need a babysitter anymore, but we don’t necessarily want to leave him in charge of all the kids at night. That’s a difficult situation for him because he often is in charge so when we put a babysitter in charge, he has a hard time relinquishing that control and still tries to boss his siblings around as if he is in charge driving the babysitter crazy. Then there is Alex. He is a sweet smart kid and will test a new babysitter to their limits. We have had friends refuse to babysit after watching Alex a few times. Christina is good with babysitters, but will still bicker with her siblings. Then there is Cali who is in a mommy only stage right now. I was pretty sure she would cry the entire time we were at dinner, but I would try to equip the babysitter with everything I could think of to prevent that from happening.
Our friend doesn’t live on the island and of course there are no restaurants on the island so we had to go to the mainland for our dinner date. We are very careful about what we let Alex eat as too much sugar and/or artificial colors makes him extremely hyper. I always hate imposing those restrictions on other people so I told our friend, I would make dinner and he could just heat it up for them. I am still breastfeeding, but am feeding the baby cereal and other baby friendly finger foods so packed some formula, baby food, and cheerios for the baby. I was hoping that one of those things would keep her happy.
Like I said, we hadn’t been on a dinner date in a long time so I got dressed up and did my hair and makeup. It was a school night so the kids were on the mainland so we got on the boat with the baby and made our way across (so much for doing my hair). We picked up the kids and went to our friends’ house. Of course I was nervous leaving the baby. I was more afraid that the baby would cry the whole time and our friend wouldn’t want to babysit again. I knew the baby was in capable hands. I laid everything out for the baby and Tim and I got back in the car to go to dinner.
All of the restaurants in Carrabelle are pretty casual, but we went to a nice restaurant with pretty views on the river called the Pirates Cove.
We ordered a shrimp appetizer and for dinner Tim ordered more shrimp and I ordered crab claws. I ordered a drink called a Shipwreck. I saw someone else drinking a tropical blue drink and a cherry and I had to have it. I don’t really know what was in it and neither did my server, but she said it was really good so I ordered it. I looked up a recipe and there are a bunch of different recipes. I think it’s mostly rum and whatever the bartender feels like adding. This is one I found that sounded good and was probably most similar to what I had:
- 2 oz. Orange Juice
- 2 oz. Pineapple Juice
- 1/2 oz. Grenadine
- 1/2 oz. Malibu Rum
- 1/2 oz. Midori
Fill shaker with crushed ice. Add ingredients (except for Grenadine). Shake and strain into glass. Add Grenadine. Raise glass and toast.
After dinner, feeling more relaxed, we went back to pick up the kids. The baby was crying pretty much the whole time, but nobody called us. Everyone else was happy and had fun though so hopefully, there will be a next time.