Jack and Mommy's Day of Fun

So the past couple weeks have been tough...for Jack and for mom and dad! He just hasn't been himself. Instead of my usual sweet, caring boy we've had a boy prone to anger, sass talk, disrespect, etc. After a meltdown of epic proportions this past weekend while visiting someone else's home (ugly is an understatement), we decided this was not just a "ready to go back-to-school" problem, this was an actual problem! After many talks (and many possessions heading to timeout) we felt like things were getting better, but...

We have had a "date day" on the calendar for some time. Jack didn't know about it, and we thought about canceling it, but then thought that maybe it would help? In the end, I'm so glad we did it. I'm not delusional enough to think this is the cure to our recent troubles, but I did see my kiddo again and we had a great time! It was very weird to have an "only child" for the day though. In some ways it was so much easier (like when we got ice cream cones in the car), but I sure missed those girls of mine (Jack did too. It was so sweet to see him pick out things for them while we were shopping or smile when he heard a little girl talking because he thought she sounded like one of his sisters). So, here is our date day in phone photos...

Trying on one of the 5000 pairs of new shoes he got yesterday (because although I bought him bigger shoes in April, he grew another size since then!).


Arriving home & carrying in some of his loot!


Out to dinner with Mom & Dad alone! I seriously do not remember the last time it was just the 3 of us. I said last night that I think the last time it happened we may have been talking about our upcoming trip to Guatemala!


Brewers game...he was just a little excited!!!


The boys having a blast (I was ready to go home by this point, but hung in there for the team).


Waiting for the shuttle bus back to our car...and still wide awake at 10:30pm!


I hope the girls had fun hanging with Grandma! It is certainly quiet here this morning. But, I am off to pick them up and leave Jack for a date day with Grandma. Then it's off to meet the teacher tonight. I can't believe summer is coming to a close, but I am glad we are filling it's final days with happy memories!
Jackie G said...

I'm jealous!! He went outlet shopping with you? and enjoyed it?! NICE! Totally understand the benefit to alone days for sure! What a perfect thing to do before school starts! Sounds like a great day!

southern daze said...

What a great date!!!

Married to SuperMom said...

It's very endearing that with all your running around, you still take time with each of the kids individually. I know they love it as much as you do.

tracie @ {tsj} photography said...

i think it's so important to take time with each kid ... they need that alone time. i'm just not doing it enough ... if at all! thanks for this great reminder. what a perfect night!!

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