Some Days, You Need To…

Some days, you need to…

A) Listen To Your Father
Yes, you read that correctly! There are some days where you think… I should have just acted on my father’s words of wisdom 30 minutes ago and everyone would have been so much more happy! What am I talking about? Let me tell you! πŸ™‚

My father has always said the best way to make a crying kid happy is to give them ice cream. There is lots of truth in that statement. He always had ice cream around for when I cried and gave $ to a babysitter for me, if required. It must work… I mean, look how wonderful I turned out! πŸ™‚

Here is how I wished that I acted on this advice much sooner tonight:

Bailey is leaving for The Hague, Netherlands, on Sunday as a representative of her school in the Model United Nations. So, we told her that she could pick the restaurant for tonight. She picked an Italian restaurant (which was really good, and I don’t even like pasta!) and even made the reservation for our family.

We arrived at the restaurant, a place she frequents quite often for lunch with her friends, and they quickly sat us at our table – everyone was so friendly!

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Everything was great, we were all visiting, talking about Bailey’s upcoming trip and admiring the menu! Billy loves calamari, so we ordered that as our appetizer. It was yummy and I don’t even like calamari! Notice a trend here about tonight’s dinner? I expanded my norm!

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Then, it ALL went wrong! Lauren became a Royal Mess! Nothing made her happy, and she was crying, etc… You get the picture! Everyone (us and the waitstaff) all tried to make her happy to no avail. Billy took her outside for a bit and then she started crying at the thought of sitting down when they came back inside. Nothing worked for at least 30 minutes… Dad, this is where we should have followed your words of wisdom from the beginning!

The waitress came back over and tried to make Lauren laugh, which worked for a bit and literally… A bit. At that point, Billy ordered chocolate gelato and it was a game changer! She got her her ‘chocolate’ as she said and everything was much more pleasant. She laughed, flirted and waved to everyone. Like I said, this should have been done from the beginning!

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You see the slanted pictures in the background, yep… That was caused by Lauren!

After the gelato arrived, we all had a VERY pleasant dinner! I ordered salmon ravioli and it was very delicious.

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Although, I had a bite of Billy’s ravioli (spinach and ricotta, with a butter sauce) and we quickly struck up a deal to share our respective meals! Here is my ‘half’ of his meal.

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It was all so yummy and very authentic Italian! Keep in mind, this is coming from someone that doesn’t even like pasta!

B) Put Your Feet Up and Relax!

Yes, it is finally Friday! πŸ™‚ I really questioned whether it would ever arrive. I hope you have a wonderful and relaxing weekend. Take a ‘page’ from Lauren’s book and put up your feet, get in your comfy chair and grab a good book! Sometimes in life, there is nothing better! πŸ™‚

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I’m off to bed – tomorrow is 11 miles on a new route!

~Karen

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3 Responses to Some Days, You Need To…

  1. Rachel says:

    Father Knows Best don’t they!! Haha!!
    The food looks great to me!
    Running 11 miles makes me tired to think of it. I better go to bed and rest!

  2. Jim says:

    Thanks for the publicity, Karen. πŸ™‚ I am glad it worked, it most always does. Remember Timothy and Megan (grandchilderen) weren’t supposed to have sweets? And Timothy would tell when he got home that he had ice cream with Mimi and Bumpa. Poor little fellow.

    I love the ‘Feet Up and Relaxing’ picture. We’ve been up since 4:30 but now two hours later and we’ve had a couple cups of tea and a Hob Nob with peanut butter we will go back and try finishing our ‘sleep till nine’ Saturday morning.
    ..

  3. Arlene says:

    I love that picture of Lauren with her finger at her lips looking at her empty gelato glass. She looks quite pleased with herself. She is thinking, …….”sometimes it takes my parents awhile to ‘get it’ but they are getting a little older and have to be trained. We’ll try this again later and see how they improve. It is fun being the center of attention & that gelato was yummy!”

    BTW, your new watch is sure nifty. That is interesting the information it gives you. Do you attach it to your computer to get a print out? Hovendicks & their watches. You’re a chip off the Hovendick legacy!

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