Friday night was our 3rd J-M First Friday, and this time it was Meera’s turn with Mommy! I actually had been hesitant about the idea of taking Meera for a First Friday. The thing is, she already spends so much time alone with Braydon and/or me (much more alone time than either Kyle or Owen ever have). She’s often alone with us while the boys are at school, or at birthday parties, playdates, etc. It seemed unnecessary to include her in the First Friday rotation (or, at least, a lot more unnecessary than for her twin brothers who almost never get one-on-one undivided attention). But our first mother-daughter date night proved to me just how very wrong I had been about all that. Meera knew exactly what was going on; she reminded me several times of how Kyle and Owen had each had a turn at First Friday (“remember when Kyle went to a restaurant? now it is my turn!”); and she thoroughly enjoyed every minute of her special night out – as did I.
I had carefully hand-picked the restaurants for my First Fridays with K & O, and I thought a lot too about where to go with Meera. I decided on a Mexican restaurant where I knew we could could get good chips, salsa, and queso dip – one of her favorite treats. What was so fun about this is that chips, salsa, and queso dip is one of my favorite treats too (probably my most favorite). So the two of us ate chips, salsa, and queso dip together and shared a big fresh salad with fajita steak on top (Meera, of course, ate almost all the steak; I ate almost all the salad). It was the perfect treat of a dinner for us—and something that the three males in our family would have liked just fine, but would not have *loved* nearly as much as us two girls. While we sat there chowing down on this decadent junk food, I was giggling inside almost the entire time; It was just such a riot to be sitting there doing something that I’ve done many times in my life with great girlfriends, but really could not have imagined doing with my own daughter, let alone my 2-year-old daughter. Granted, with friends I usually have a couple of margaritas instead of a couple of water-with-lemons, but… now, First Friday with 2-year-old-Meera, I can totally imagine that in about twenty years Meera and I will be doing it with margaritas too.
I look forward to many more First Fridays yet to come! In the short term, however, it is Braydon’s turn in the rotation. For the next three months it will be Papi who gets to indulge in the really unique joy of one-on-one date-nights with the three bambinos. He has no idea just how great it is, and I can’t wait for him to have a chance to do it.
Lastly, I just had to throw in this picture~ I took it, as well as all the other First Friday pictures I’ve posted, with my phone camera. This is Meera on the sidewalk walking into the restaurant on Friday night. She’s proving to the world these days that her brothers aren’t the only ones with big personalities! She is becoming quite the force to be reckoned with in the Big Personalities Department. Here’s to my free-spirited chips-n-salsa lovin’ girl!