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The Meetin'

Monday, October 31, 2005

"10:30 am. IHOP." "OK, I'll see you there then." "Right. I recommend a good, stiff shot of whiskey before hand." "If not before, then after." The day started with breakfast at IHOP. The kids and I arrived first, and I've never wanted to be sick so bad. We put our name on the list, then went back outside where there was more room. No sooner had we planted ourselves right next to the door than Nick drove up and got rock-star-parking right next to our car, and directly in front of the door. Elle buried her face in my stomach and Zed hid behind me. They both gave him a bit of a cursory glance and sized him up while deciding whether or not to bestow the gift of their friendship upon him. "Well, here they are." I said as my kids glued themselves to me. "Hi. How you guys doing?" Nick said. The crickets chirped. Fun times at IHOP. Finally, after a few tense moments, both kids decided he was worthy and set about assailing him with questions and conversation. We moved inside because it was a bit chilly. So far so good. Ahhh, but I spoke too soon. Zed then had to tell the story about how he had puked at this very IHOP. He was sick, we stopped for breakfast, he drank some juice and then he puked it all up back on me. Lovely. Fortunately the wait-list moved fast and we got a table. Elle had already called dibs on sitting next to Nick. Fine. Everyone decided what they wanted and we ordered. Then the hellions came out. General brattiness really. Couldn't sit still, broke the crayons, whined about it, fought about something. Kids just being kids. But as nervous as I was, it was excruciating. We then drove over to the train station, bought our tickets and didn't have to wait too long before another train came along. I had a bit of a private convo with each of the kids, threatening their very existence if they didn't shape up reminding them of how important it was to mind their manners. On the train, Elle again staked claim next to Nick. Zed was fine with that, he wanted to sit by himself anyway. I kept up with the candy buckets and costumes. Within 5 minutes, Elle was claiming Nick for her own. How can I compete with cuteness like that? The Zoo was fun. The Dallas Zoo has never been my favorite, but they have made some improvements over the last couple of years. We all had a great time at the zoo. Elle of course got lots of rides on Nick's shoulders. We saw all the animals we wanted to see. Most of them anyway. We missed 'The Wilds of Africa' where the big gorillas were. But, it was late, we were tired, and the zoo was closing. Back to the train. It was a little crowded, and Nick got a little uncomfortable around all the people. But, he ended up being OK. People got off pretty quickly and the crowd thinned out a lot. By the end of it, we were the last people in our car. You'd think after such a wonderful day I'd let the poor guy off the hook. I mean, he did great! But no. Actually, it just kind of worked out this way, and it wasn't in my initial plans. By the time we left the zoo and got back to the train station, we were all starving. My kids were going to spend the night with my grandparents and the timing just dictated that we would need to meet them for dinner. I checked with Nick to see if he was going to be cool with meeting my grandparents. "Sure.". I wasn't quite sure if that was a good "Sure" or a bad "Sure" but I didn't ask twice. So, he met my grandparents too. That also went very well. After talking to my mom yesterday, I think my grandma actually might have a bit of a crush on Nick too. Yes. He's that charming. Things went so well that he even joined me and my kids last night for dinner. The NaNoWriMo kick-off party was last night and since Nick's a writer too, I thought he might like to go. I'm so glad he did. The room was filled with strange people, and had he not been there, I might have turned around and walked right back out the door. My kids behaved wonderfully too, and were rewarded with ice cream at Braum's afterwards. I'm so relieved and so glad that the weekend went off without a hitch! I feel so good about it!

10/31/2005 08:54:00 AM :: ::
16 Comments:
  • Sounds like a fun weekend! And I love the puke story, I would have laughed my butt off! I like the little black and white roly-poly things, and the owls of course. Nick is adorable (Msrey thinks so too!) Is he clone-able?

    By Blogger Carnealian, at 10/31/2005 09:55:00 AM

     


  • My question is, since Nick was so brave, did you give him and naked treats as his reward? Or maybe ice cream on parts of you or something?

    By Blogger Coyote Mike, at 10/31/2005 10:09:00 AM

     


  • Boo at the Zoo was always a fav. You're right, Dallas' zoo is okay, but they have nothing on Ft. Worth.

    Great pics!

    By Blogger FTS, at 10/31/2005 12:09:00 PM

     


  • Cute cute cute cute cute!! Love the pictures! Glad you had a great time!

    By Blogger JustCara, at 10/31/2005 12:35:00 PM

     


  • Whew! I could feel your anxiety through the whole post. I'm so gald it went well:)

    Now...onwards to Friday, right?? Hooray for you!

    By Blogger MommaK, at 10/31/2005 01:38:00 PM

     


  • Brave woman, taking the kids to meet Nick at a restaurant! I know it's just IHOP, but eek!

    Glad it all went well in the end. Great photos!

    By Anonymous abbynormal, at 10/31/2005 01:46:00 PM

     


  • Sounds like a wonderful time was had by all! I'm so glad everything went off without a hitch! It's great that he takes things in stride and didn't mind meeting your grandparents! The pictures are great!

    A few weeks ago when I went to Tyler to meet my boyfriends children and parents, I was surprised to learn they were having a mini family reunion, so most everyone could meet me... then his mom decided to give me the 3rd degree at the dinner table... yikes! LOL It turned out fine and everyone was awesome! I must have passed the test with his mom, when I went up weekend before last, his mom had framed a picture of me and the bf to give to me... 2 thumbs up!

    I'm glad everything went well for y'all!

    By Blogger Texas_Ivy10, at 10/31/2005 01:52:00 PM

     


  • Hi. Michele sent me.

    Cute photos. Hey, if I could rock Harry Potter the way your son does, I'd do it every year too!

    I'm glad you first outing with your beau and kids went well. It can always be nerve racking. My cousin went through something similiar and her day didn't turn out as well as yours.

    Happy Halloween and happy treating!

    By Blogger pantrygirl, at 10/31/2005 01:57:00 PM

     


  • There's a wait at your IHOP? Wow. Ours is never crowded.

    Kids are adorable!!!

    Yeah, if N took the meet-the-grandparents-surprise in stride, you should reward him.

    By Blogger Bone, at 10/31/2005 03:53:00 PM

     


  • does nick read your blog?? glad you had a happy hollow's eve weekend!

    By Blogger Crystal, at 10/31/2005 05:09:00 PM

     


  • He's HOT!!! wow! Loved the pict of the two of you!
    Your kids were adorable, I'd babysit for ya if I lived nearby. As long as you promise to pick 'em up!!! LOL
    Glad y'all had a good time.

    By Anonymous Laura, at 10/31/2005 07:19:00 PM

     


  • Y'all look so cute!!!! Love the pictures. :-) That's great that Nick's a writer, is he giving out any tips????

    By Blogger Indigo, at 10/31/2005 09:21:00 PM

     


  • Good for you guys! Sounds like a wonderful day.

    And, ohhhh, how I miss Braum's!!! I am definetly due a visit to the Big Tex.

    By Blogger Alisha, at 10/31/2005 09:30:00 PM

     


  • Glad the weekend went well. Sounds like Nick is a winner.

    I will be following your OTHER blog. I have to think about where I will be writing mine. Perhaps a private blog with members only? I'll let you know.

    By Blogger Raehan, at 11/01/2005 01:08:00 PM

     


  • Sounds like the weekend was great and I think that's wonderful.Nick seems like a great guy and a really nice and fun person. Good luck on the Nano writing-I'm impressed!

    By Blogger jak, at 11/03/2005 12:20:00 AM

     


  • Damn that is a great looking owl. I wish I one outside my house like that.

    By Blogger Gene, at 11/03/2005 05:30:00 AM

     


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