I wasn’t sure I was going to get this post in today. Believe it or not, Mrs. Cutter and I actually went out on a date tonight – by ourselves! For the first time since the twins were born, the two of us left the house without any of our children.
You may be wondering how the parents of three children were able to manage such a feat.
The Cutlet’s preschool is closed all next week, which created a bit of a dilemma for us. We’d either have to overburden our au pair with all three children (something we want to avoid this early in her stay), or one of us would have to take vacation time to stay home. Since both of us have already used plenty of vacation time this year, this was not an ideal situation.
Thankfully, my parents offered to let her stay with them for a few days. So after our annual Christmas trip to Long Island last week, we dropped her off at their house on the way home.
You might be shocked that we traveled to Long Island this year, and honestly, we were a bit surprised that it happened too. The trip has often proven long and aggravating, and this year, we’d have two additional babies and an au pair en tow.
It wasn’t clear if we’d even be able to fit all of our stuff into the minivan. But somehow, we found a way to get everything in. On the trip home I think we used every last cubic centimeter of available space, and it wasn’t necessarily the most comfortable arrangements, but everything (and everyone) fit inside.
Free from the Cutlet for a few days, our au pair graciously offered to watch the twins for a night. We happily took her up on this offer and went out to the new deluxe movie theater.
Earlier this year, an iPic movie theater opened near us. This is one of those new “fancy” theaters that has full restaurant service and reclining seats. Obviously, these amenities don’t come cheaply, but we figured that since we don’t get out all that often, we might as well go all out.
Our movie of choice was The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. I wasn’t too impressed by the movie. All of the critics who complained that the movie shouldn’t have been split into three parts had a good point. The way they split it up left this movie as little more than an extended battle scene, which can grow tiresome after a while.
But really, who cares? The quality of the movie wasn’t the important thing. The important thing was that we actually went out by ourselves! Because there’s a good chance that we won’t be able to do it again for another 18 years or so.