Tuesday we found out that John was selected to play travel baseball again next spring. That good news came on the heels of Emma's completion of her first season of soccer and at the end of two really long days of work for me. On the spur of the moment, I decided a little family celebration was in order and we headed to PJ Whelihan's in Medford Lakes for an impromptu dinner out.
While it was a luxury we really can't afford right now, it ended up being a great night as PJs was filled with families doing pretty much the same thing we were. The restaurant hires a balloon artist on Tuesdays, so everyone had brightly colored headdresses and there was a lot of laughter in the air. Emma did her homework and chatted with classmates, John watched the big screen TVs while talking baseball and we all relaxed for an unexpected hour of fun.
I've never been a big fan of the PJ's chain, but this night may have turned the corner for me. Emma's meal, which included a drink and dessert was only $5.99. My fish tacos were $7.99. John, as usual, was the big spender with a bacon cheese burger and crab fries that topped out at $13.99. Emma enjoyed her chicken fingers, which were nothing special, John's burger was cooked just the way he likes it and my fish tacos were good-sized and had great flavor. I never knew the family night was a big thing there, but the balloon artist said the place is packed every week during the school year.
We had a chance to talk about school without me running around like a crazy man trying to get dinner together, the kids had nice night out and there were no dishes to do!
Maybe we will have to make it a tradition to celebrate the little things there more often!