I wrote last month about our dating system with our kids. January was Adam and I; February’s date belonged to Lily and Ryan.
Here’s the secret behind how BIG this was: Lily has refused an alone date her Dad every single time it is offered. Until now.
Walls are crashing down in the most beautiful majestic way. It’s incredible to watch.
Ryan and I debated several date options before settling on skipping school and going to the San Antonio Rodeo. The Rodeo, for those non-Texans is a gigantic convention, carnival, concert series, stock show, petting zoo, food festival, amusement park, and bull-riding extravaganza for 3 weeks in February. It’s what San Antonians do – unless you have 7 kids because it gets super pricey as we quickly learned last year. But with 1 child it’s absolutely perfect.
Ryan picked her up from school and they went out to eat for lunch before heading downtown.
I was working that day so I sent text messages to Ryan that read something like this:
You need to take lots of pictures!
And not just pictures of her! I want both of you!
It’s not a selfie if someone else is in the picture.
No one will judge you for selfie-taking if you are taking it of you and your daughter.
Is this for you or for her?
Is she having fun?
Needless to say, I stopped getting responses to my overbearing and micromanaging texts. For good reason. This mama needed to LET. GO.
So I did. I have no idea what they all did other than the pictures Ryan sent me and the stories Lily told.
Lily came home with a huge smile and a big bag of Takis (several of my children have the love language of Takis.)
She told her siblings all about the animals her and Dad saw as well as the fun she had playing with all the Legos.
For their first date, this was perfect.
Ryan for the win.
Even with that uber awkard family photo with alligator – which remains the only picture of the two of them from that day.