Wednesday, February 2, 2011

it's in the bag

After Parker was born, our going-out-to-eat days pretty much ceased to exist. I think we might have going out twice in 6 months. It just felt like too much work to get packed up, so if we ever ate a meal that wasn't cooked at home, it was takeout. Which isn't a bad option. We have a bazillion of yummy restaurants around us. Morgan's #1 request is Thai food. Good girl!

A couple of weeks ago, we had a very enjoyable, and last minute, dinner at Aubree's in Northville. The food was yummy (and plentiful), the kids behaved perfectly and we just had a plain ole great time at a new-to-us restaurant. I was ready to do it again, but I wanted to be better prepared to get out the door faster. Mostly because I hate scrambling, and I hate despise packing.

The diaper bag that we used after Morgan was born has been sitting empty since last summer, so I thought I could use it to pack up a restaurant bag and store it in the cabinets near our back door. When the weather gets a little warmer, I may just keep it in the car, in case we are already out and about. Here is a peek at the contents:
for Parker:
  • food and snacks, including a lidded bowl and spoon (I make Parker's baby food but thought we could try this line of baby food for eating out)
  • bib
  • high chair cover
  • small toys
for Morgan:
  • snacks to tide her over until we eat, if needed
  • bib
  • coloring book and crayons
It's not much, but having it all together = easy to me. After almost 3 years, I still often forget something we needed. Like a bib or beverage. And I don't have to clutter our everyday diaper bag with these seldom used items. At go time, I can just grab fresh sippy cups and we can be out the door. After our outing, I will clean out, replenish and reorganize the bag, and then put it back for the next trip. Now when we make a last minute decision to go out to dinner, or Mark calls asking if we want to meet him for lunch, there will be zero scrambling to get out the door.


  1. The easier it is to get out the door the better. And who doesn't like to go out for dinner. :)