Tonight we had a special date night with JUST Parker. She was SO excited….and so were we. Time alone with one of us and one of them is rare…but time with 1 kid and 2 adults is pretty much unheard of. :)
For graduating kindergarten and just having a great first year of school/homeschool….we wanted to do a little something special. This won't happen at the end of each school year…. we plan to do the same thing with each child when they graduate kindergarten.
Gramm & Poppa had given her a Target gift card and Grandad gave her some money….and it has been burning a hole in her pocket ever since. So first up…Target. She wanted me to sit with her in the back which I thought was so sweet….and Geoff drove. Thank you, Geoff, for taking this picture despite your distaste of taking 'selflies' and my incessant need to take pictures, in general.
Walking through Target….you could not wipe the smile off of her face. We were both holding her hand and she was just soaking it up. And we were, too.
She picked out this Lalaloopsy Pony that lights up…she's been eying this for a while…and also this Princess Luna pony that she is able to color (which she has almost completed and done a very good job with).
Dinner. Her choice. McDonald's. She also chose for us to sit at this little bar area… 3 seats just right for us.
And for the extra special treat….dessert at the top of Reunion Tower at Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck. We had showed her a picture of the tower before we went and also told her about the rotating floor. I think it was hard for her to understand at first…thinking that the actual table and chairs would spin (think Tea Cups at Disney World). But once we got up there…it was really nice and she thought it was pretty neat. Well- we did, too. :)
follow the path...
Waiting to go up the elevator.
Going up, up, up.
And she had to do a super silly face. With her chop sticks, of course.
Dessert! Both SO good. Some sort of strawberry rhubarb…..and so sweet of them to write Congratulations!
And Chocolate Souffle. Yum!!!
She also had a fresh squeezed lemonade, and Geoff and I had cappuccinos. We enjoyed each other's company and the view…and by the time dessert arrived…she was ready to go home.
Such a big girl riding the escalators. She liked being the last one. I remember loving to ride them when I was younger, too. It's the little things.
Thankful for wonderful night enjoying our oldest girl.
I will say…it was pretty hard to leave Grace behind. I knew she'd be just fine (thank you Papaw and Gran for watching our littlest 2)…but when we left she was hysterical. It was hard for her to understand why we'd be going without her and made her sad….which completely broke my heart. But I do think it's important to give them some one-on-one time every now and then. And I can't wait to do the same with her in 2 years. Of course, when we got home she was just fine (and had been).