We went to see Saltimbanco, a Cirque de Soleil show that traveled to Greensboro. It was awesome. Really amazing -- at times nail biting, jaw dropping -- just a great night to be amazed at what people (with talent and practice) can do with their bodies. Amazing.
But was even more awesome was getting out on the town! Here's what we've learned about getting out of the house without a toddler in tow.
1. Have a great babysitter -- if it's family, a friend, a co-worker or a former teacher -- someone you trust and feel comfortable that they know your child and will deal with the kiddo's little strange habits. It really allows you to enjoy a night out when you feel comfortable with the person tending to the little man.
2. Give yourself enough time to go out to eat. Because once you go toddler -- you can't go back. So it's a real treat to have a meal in a place that doesn't involve paper wrappers, the words "do you want a combo" or involve something in nugget form. (Last time Yuri & I went out, we didn't remember this hint and ended up making a run for the border after the show on our way home).
3. Spend a good chunk of time with the little guy earlier in the day so that you can leave the house guilt free.
4. Make a plan for the next outing as you are coming home -- keep it on the radar screen.
5. Getting tickets for something makes it happen vs. an idea...that we might get around to...someday... -- having tickets makes you go even if you're tired or you have a long chapter to read for school.
It was a really fun night, and it sounds like Victor had fun with Caroline, his former teacher. Not only did I get great child care (yaa hoo!) but I also got a developmental update on the boy. More fun on a Saturday night than I can shake a stick at.
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