30 Days of Summer :: Day 12

Once you have kids, it gets a little harder to have friends without kids. Not even because you have less in common, they don't want to hear one more story about the baby, or you are so sleep deprived that you can't hold a conversation anymore... Logistically it just gets more difficult. You have bedtime to accommodate. And little beasts that run around, knock things over, and seem to be able to find and touch the most breakable item in someone's house.

It also just gets that much harder to go somewhere and sit in one place. Especially when supervising your kids in someone else's house. Not very conducive to having a very deep conversation.
As our kids have gotten older, it's become easier to go to someone else's house for dinner. They are a little easier to occupy. They can sit at the table for a little longer. They can go through their backpack themselves and find something to do.

But also, every once in a while you get those cool friends who, even though they don't have kids or work with kids or spend time with kids on a regular basis - they just get it.

We went to dinner at their house tonight and it was fabulous. A pleasant evening made even better by the fact that she is a chef/food writer/recipe developer. Homemade pizza with zucchini and onion. Made from scratch caramel sauce on ice cream for dessert... Yum.
She even had the kids make their own pizzas. Which they loved. E asked for the last piece of hers to be wrapped up so she could bring it home.

And, not to be outdone, her husband raced slinkies down the stairs with them for another half hour after dinner while we sat and talked at the table.
My favorite part, though? Both kids fell asleep on the way home and stayed asleep while being carried in and put to bed.

Ahhh... Perfection.

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