I had another post planned for today, but I was so overwhelmed by my children last night that I wanted to share RIGHT AWAY!! Yesterday morning we were informed that we were required to dress up for a valentine dinner at Valentine Restaurant, which the children were opening just for us that night. We grinned and played along. The children beavered away all day. We were not allowed in the living room, the kitchen, the hallway…. you get the picture. There was much excitement, which by 6pm had reached titanic proportions. The babies were put to bed, Gary and I bathed, dressed up and looking our best were shown into ‘Valentine Restaurant’:
They had gone to SO MUCH trouble and the attention to detail was amazing:
After we were sat in our chairs we were handed a menu:
And this was on the corner (it says ‘book now’ but somehow that didn’t come out in the photo):
Obviously each child had been alloted a role to play for the evening. T11 was waiter, L10 the cook and C10 the drinks waitress. T11 took our orders:
She then proceeded to plonk herself down, next to daddy and settle in for the night!!
After Gary and I cracked up (much to her confusion!) we gently explained that it would be very difficult to have a romantic dinner accompanied by one of our daughters. She happily went to help her siblings in the kitchen. T11 then brought through our meal:
This was the dinner L10 had been cooking and planning all day. It was simple, beautifully presented and I think one of the tastiest meals we’ve ever eaten. I was SO, SO proud of my girl! She served double cooked baked potatoes with cheese, chives and an egg in the middle accompanied by an avocado salad:
C10, obviously passing on our wishes for privacy, had T11 shut the door after he exited the room:
Privacy was to be in short supply however. We live in a very quirky house, which has an indoor wall with a window. This means one can peek from the hallway and kitchen into the living/dining room. And peek they did:
Again and again:
They just couldn’t help themselves!!
After we had eaten our dinner, we were brought a gorgeous desert of sticky toffee pudding and ice-cream, again, all homemade by L10:
We were so impressed by the food we asked the cook if she would come out so we could express our delight in her cooking personally:
We had a truly special night, for our children had expressed THEIR love for us in a completely unique, tangible way. I can’t begin to tell you how much this all meant to me personally.
Children, I love you all so much. T11 you were the perfect waiter, attentive, seeing to our needs yet unobtrusive. C10, sweetheart you were just you and kept us giggling the whole night, never change sweetiepie! And L10- oh, my goodness!! Your food was just amazing, you are such a natural in the kitchen! Children, Daddy and Mummy were overwhelmed by all your ideas, your attention to detail, the beauty of everything and most of all your love! Thank you so much!
Then we got the bill: