Lucky Day

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The weekend was filled with fun.  Serious fun.  But I’m only going to tell you about our Friday for now.  You’ll have to wait to hear the rest.

On Friday Jim took his PMP (Project Management Professional) test and passed.  Woo-hoo!!  Here was the picture we sent to him just before his test started:

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And as if that wasn’t good enough, he found $20 in the parking lot following his test.  Woo-hoo again!!!

So to celebrate, we decided to go out for dinner.  If you have little kids you know that eating out isn’t as relaxing and peaceful as it once was.  We used to choose restaurants that served sushi and fancy drinks.  Now we choose places that are loud so we’ll not be as noticeable with active toddlers.

Friday night we chose Olive Garden.  They’ve been playing a ton of advertisements on TV lately and I’ll admit that their marketing worked.  I was sold!  I couldn’t wait to head there for dinner.

We had a nice dinner.  And by nice, I mean that there were not any terrible temper tantrums.  We didn’t have spilled drinks.  And the boys ate most of their dinner.

If you’re a parent to little ones, you too would consider this dinner out a success.

They were not quiet by any means though. We had to remind them several (ok, hundreds) of times to use their inside voices.  And we had to remind them numerous times to share.

But it was a nice dinner.  We were even able to enjoy a nice adult beverage or two.

It gets better though.  A lot better!

As we were finishing up our meal the waiter came over to let us know that the lady (and her family) sitting behind us bought our meal.  The entire meal – drinks and all!  She mentioned something about the kids being adorable and well mannered and paid for us and then left.

We had no idea.  The waiter didn’t say anything until they were gone from the building.  We couldn’t even thank her.  We have no idea who they were.  We only exchanged a few words with them at one point during our meal.

It made our night.  We were speechless.  We didn’t even know what to do or say.  I’ve had people buy my coffee before and I’ve bought coffee for others, but this was bigger.  It was our entire meal and drinks.  And it wasn’t cheap.

So thank you to the kind family sitting next to us at Olive Garden.  Thank you for making our weekend.  We’ll pay it forward to another family when they least expect it.

And congratulations to my wonderful hubby who is now a Project Management Professional.  You ROCK!  I knew you could do it.  But don’t let that go to your head.  I’m still better at Angry Birds.  Well except that one level you have to pass for me.

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  1. I love it when the smallest things feel like a success. That’s what parenting is all about! I lived at Olive Garden when I was pregnant – it’s one place where you could get something to eat before you ordered (i.e. breadsticks and salad!) 🙂

    • Typical Suburban Family says:

      Those are the exact reasons we love the restaurant with small kiddos. You immediately get something to eat to occupy their time (and hands!!) while waiting for the main course to arrive 🙂

  2. Congratulations to your husband!!! That’s great news. As a mom of two preschoolers, I was beyond thrilled after reading of your nice dinner…but then reading about the wonderful woman’s kindness made it extra exciting. What a blessing!

    • Typical Suburban Family says:

      Thanks! I will pass your congrats along. He (and I) are so proud of this step in his career! It’s amazing how us moms can appreciate each others successful dinners out with no temper tantrums 🙂

  3. I have been craving Olive Garden for a looooong time but we don’t have one close by. 🙁 What an awesome day! I love to hear stories like this of people doing random acts of kindness just because it feels good expecting no thank you in return. Although, being the recipient, it feels wrong not to be able to thank them, right?

    • Typical Suburban Family says:

      I agree. We felt so bad that we couldn’t thank her, but that is not why she did it. She was just being kind and didn’t want anything in return. I hope you get to an Olive Garden soon. Yum!!

  4. Congratulations to your husband and holy cow! What a great surprise! I love that lady.

  5. That is SO awesome! What a kind and generous person 🙂 I’ll have to remember to “pay it forward” at some point today!

    • Typical Suburban Family says:

      It’s amazing how much it can make someone’s day! And it doesn’t always have to be on such a grand scale. Even the little things make a big difference!

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