As I have already mentioned, my sister Aliyah is a college student here in town. She lived with us last year for her first year of college, but now lives on campus to escape the craziness of our home.
Apparently there was a conspiracy between her and Mark last night that I knew nothing about until the last minute. I did know Aliyah was coming to spend the weekend since she is now on winter break. What I didn’t know that she was going to babysit all 3 boys for us last evening. (Up until now I have been reluctant to leave Ben with anyone for long periods because of his special needs, especially his tube feedings. In any case, we don’t know too many people who would be comfortable giving those to him in the first place.)
Mark showed up quite unexpectedly at my office last evening to whisk me away for a quiet dinner for two at a nice restaurant! I don’t even remember when the last time was that we had dinner without the kids. We had a lovely, leisurely meal complete with appetizers and dessert. Mark got the Chilean sea bass and I had the roasted duck. Aliyah did great with the boys; they ate pizza and she managed quite well with Ben’s tube feed. Everything at home had actually gone smoothly in our absence.
What a nice surprise at the end of a hectic week!