“WHAT WOULD WE BE DOING RIGHT NOW IF WE DIDN’T HAVE KIDS?” I yelled to my husband, glancing in the rear view mirror at the three girls singing “Let It Go” full throttle in the back of our mini van.
“Oh gosh, let’s see… ” he said, his eyes glazing over in what can only be described as the bliss that accompanies putting yourself first when making choices. “It’s a Saturday in January. It’s freezing cold and the wind is whipping snow across the highway, so indoor activities. We probably would have woken up around 10am. Then we would have brunch at a place that doesn’t hand out crayons with their menus. Maybe we’d get crazy and have a cocktail? Who knows. Then we’d come home, make a fire and binge watch something on NETFLIX that has lots and lots of bad words and boobies, intermittently napping at will. Then we’d go to a party and have countless uninterrupted conversations and stay out as late as we want because we don’t have to mortgage the house to pay a sitter…” he trailed off, I think losing consciousness at one point.
“K we’re here!” I exclaimed to the girls, bringing him back to reality.
For the past six years my life purpose has been searching for fun stuff to do with our kids that’s just as fun as the fun stuff we did without our kids. An already near-impossible task made more difficult in the winter months when our options are cut in half. I search and search and let’s just be honest here – how many story hours can one person take? I’m no expert but one thing I know is that a deleted scene in the original Halloween was when Mike Myers’ parents took him to library story hour right before he grabbed the knife.
Enter the Frozen princess lunch at Eckert’s.
We’d just returned from Disney World so I knew these princesses were going to need to be legit or my girls were going to see right through them. And I don’t want to oversell it, but there was a moment when Elsa grabbed my 6-year-old’s hand and spun her around at the apex of Let It Go when I swear to you she saw Jesus.
It was a look I recognized because I saw it on my husband’s face an hour earlier when he was recounting his best day ever.
Dining with Elsa and Anna takes place at Eckert’s Belleville location and runs Saturdays and Sundays from now until Sunday, February 14. Show times are at 11am and 2pm. Tickets are $22.50 per person and include lunch, singing, dancing, face painting, cookie making…
and a keepsake photo. Reservations are required and may be made here.
I mean… come on. Look how happy she is. And by she I mean me.
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