Jackson and I had our very first "date" night on Sunday. In fact, he and I haven't spent a lot of quality time together (other than during nap times) since Amelia was born. This is a fact I am regretting. Luckily, it isn't too late to start. I enjoyed every minute of it. I think he did, too.
It was such a grown-up night. We dressed up in holiday attire and went to a "fancy" restaurant. We ate at the Prado restaurant at Balboa Park. Jackson was so polite and sweet and seemed so grown up all of a sudden. He had plain pasta with butter and fresh grated parmesan. Jackson was very impressed that the "very nice man" grated the cheese on his noodles and he said that it was "delicious." I had a wedge salad with Maytag bleu cheese and smokehouse bacon (yummy!) and yellowtail in a red curry reduction. My salad was perfect. My entree was good, but not great. For $26 I expect an explosion of flavor; something I want to rave about for days. The curry reduction tasted more like a slight infusion. It tasted more of coconut milk than curry. I still finished the entire thing. But I digress....
Then we went to How the Grinch Stole Christmas at the Old Globe Theater. I have heard so much about this show, but never got around to going until this year. It sells out every year and last year I waited too long. I know why. What a charming, charming play! I may have watched Jackson as much as I watched the play. He was enchanted. It was a musical and two of the songs he knew from the cartoon and he mouthed the words with the cast. The other songs were cute and funny. Neither of us were ever bored. I was filled with joy as I watched him soak it all in. I'll never forget his spontaneous, enthusiastic applause after each song. He would turn and look at me with the biggest grin.
We both had such a great time. I am feeling better about putting Amelia in preschool next month. On Thursdays, she is in school and Jackson isn't. That will be our time to spend some quality time together. I can't wait.