Birthday Dinner Gone Wrong

Since we had a gift card for The Cheesecake Factory I thought that it would be the perfect location to celebrate my birthday. My dinner experience was straight from...that hot place where Satan resides.

My youngest boys could not have been worse. They kept deliberating back and forth on how boring the restaurant was and asking if they could go outside. My daughter complained relentlessly about occurrences at school while my oldest boy, sang songs, tapped his foot and attempted construction of a catapult using the forks and knives.

There was no "kids" menu which meant that we were subjected to a full price meal for children who are only able to consume the contents of a child's portion. They split one of the meals where the chicken fingers were eaten, but the fries were left in heaps.

After barreling through dinner where my youngest insisted on sitting next my oldest son and I, leaving little elbow room, we noticed that the Sharpie pen taken from my purse was used to create a drawing on a paper thin napkin leaving a black impression on the stone table.

The light among the dread was my free slice of Vanilla Bean cheesecake complete with two mounds of whipped cream, however, after the initial blowing out of the candle and bite, the vultures sitting amid the plate dove in head first and never came out for air. I think that I got four bites in total.

Next year we are staying home for our family dinner, and my husband and I will plan a date night together—far away from any and all children.


Anonymous said…
Happy Birthday! (despite the chaos!)

My children can be vultures too! :) My mother laughs and says it's b/c they come from a large family! (ha)

It's been so long since I've to the Cheesecake Factory that I am surprised they do not have a children's menu.
Carrie said…
Ooooh I'm sorry it didn't turn out as well as you had hoped!
Happy Birthday anyway! Your plan for next year sounds good. :)

God bless :)
Hippo Brigade said…
Happy Birthday to you.
Linda said…
Oh man. If this isn't the perfect description of momhood, I don't know what is. Happy birthday anyway.
Sarah Markley said…
Happy birthday friend. So sorry about the Factory. I've been there, not with 4 kids, but I've been there. =)
Jodie Howerton said…
Happy Birthday, Linda! Go for a nice long jog and pound the chaos into the pavement!!!
Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday my new friend Linda, Happy Birthday to you!

I would be HAPPY to take you to a "KID FREE" lunch with one of our many Lucille's gift certificates...let's invite blogger Julie...YOU JUST HAVE TO MEET HER TOO!

Let's plan it, I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to get to know you more, treat you to a lunch and go WITHOUT kidlits!
Mel said…
Yes, good plan. I never take the children with me to my birthday dinner.
Linda said…
Hey, thanks for the big shout out there! Have a great Thursday.