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Birthday dinner without the kids.

I'm not sure about other people with kids that are young but for us going out to dinner takes planning. In fact it is often an all day project. The first part is running them ragged. In order to accomplish this we took the kids to PlayWorld in Jenison. This needs to be scheduled appropriately because you want them to sleep until closer to the sitter's arrival. This way they are bright-eyed, bushy tailed, and easier to deal with. The sitter, of course, is the most important part. You need to get the right sitter because you cannot take them to dinner and the right sitter ensures that its fun for them. The wrong sitter can mean screaming moments while you leave and that's not fun for anyone. It apparently worked because the sitter seemed to have an easier time of things tonight. The kids love her and she's really good with them. The only weird thing is that she has a tendency to buy them things when she comes over to watch them. She doesn't need to do that.

Oh well. All that work just so Melissa and I could go out with her parents for dinner. Her dad's birthday is this week and there is no way we were going to try and take the kids for anything nicer than McDonald's. Although, even McDonald's requires careful gauging of their moods.

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