Monday, March 10, 2008
Chuck E. Cheese Hell and Toothsome #3's birthday
On Sunday, Toothsome #3 turned four. He is such a delight these days and I love being his mother.
My older kids talked him into going to Chuck E. Cheese's for this birthday. I agreed on the condition that we not eat there. I think their pizza is probably the worst I have ever had and I was not going to pay for it.
So on Saturday, around 2:00 pm, we headed over there. Dentist husband had a bad case of the flu, so I bravely took four kids by myself. I should have figured out that it was going to be busy based on the cars in the parking lot but NOTHING prepared me for what I found inside. I was informed that there was a 40 minute wait to just get inside. However, my three older kids--toothsome #3 in particular were so excited, I couldn't say no, so we waited. And waited. And waited. In a very small, crowded waiting area. Toothsome #4 wiggled and cried the whole time.
When we finally got inside, it was so crowded there were lines for every game. So, what I thought would take about a 1/2 hour at the most to blast through $20 worth of tokens, took almost an hour and 1/2. Toothsome #4 HATED any ride I put her on, so I spent the majority of the time, chasing her around and trying to keep tabs on the other three kids. I don't think I have ever been in such a big place with so little room to move. And, much to my amazement, there were adults there, without kids--pushing little kids out of the way, so they could play the games. What in the world?
So, finally, after all of the tokens were used and the kids got their tickets redeemed for cheep "Made in China" products, we were able to leave. I felt like screaming, "So long suckers" to the many people still stuck in the waiting area, but I didn't.
Thankfully, toothsome #3 chose Costa Vida as his dinner choice. We go there a lot. So much so, that the manager there, Lilly, knows us and knows what we order. So as I walked in the doors, she saw me, and said, "You look exhausted. Sit down and I will bring your order to you." Yes, we go there that often but at that moment, I was so grateful that we do. I was able to sit down and enjoy my smothered pork burrito in the relative calm of Costa Vida.
Later that night, we had a Wiggles cake (a Baskin Robbin's ice cream cake with a Wiggle's car on top) and called it good.