Lunch Dates and Milkshakes

This year, the Summer Reading Program at our local library is giving kids tickets each time they log 50 minutes of reading time.  The children then get to use their tickets to enter one of several prize drawings for things like mini-golf passes, movie passes, Toys R Us gift cards, and horseback riding lessons.  A few weeks ago, we got a call saying that Noah had won two tickets to see the Grammy nominated Milkshake Duo in concert at our local Arts Center on Thursday, July 21st.
Noah was beyond excited to have won a prize, and we decided to make an all-day Mama & Noah date out of it.  Here we are, all dressed up and ready to go.  He actually picked out that shirt for today…honest.
We started out by having a lunch date at Panera.
{I have to insert a funny story here…while we were eating, Noah accidentally kicked me under the table.  He then thought it was hilarious and started kicking on purpose.  I said, “Hey!  No kicking!  That’s not how to behave on a date, silly boy.  If your daddy had kicked me when we were dating, I wouldn’t have married him!”  At which point the couple at the table next to us burst out laughing.  I guess Noah isn’t the only one who needs to use a better indoor voice.}
Anyway, after lunch, we went to Michaels to make the craft of the day, which was a Grecian-inspired decorated flowerpot…he got to paint the pot blue and stick square ‘mosaic tiles’ made of adhesive foam all over it.  We followed that with a ‘treat date’ at Starbucks where we read a book and Mama got her beloved Mocha Coconut Frappucino, and finally it was concert time!
The one and only fail of the whole date was that poor Little Crafter wasn’t heavy enough to hold the auditorium style seat down, so it started to fold up on him almost as soon as he sat down…it reminded me of the Charlie Brown Christmas movie when Marcie gets folded up and her feet are sticking out…:)  Anyway, he sat on my lap, which was perfectly fine with me. 
I wasn’t sure what to expect because I have to confess, I’d never heard of the Milkshake Duo before we won the tickets.  But boy were we in for a treat!  Mikel and Lisa were funny, talented, energetic, and engaging.  They had all kinds of ways to interact with the kids in the audience, including sending about a dozen inflated balls out during a baseball song, dumping yellow confetti off the stage during a song about a jarful of sunshine, and having the kids follow Lisa around the auditorium during a song about the Love Train.  Noah was glued to the stage.  He wanted to go down to the front to catch confetti, he participated in the train, and at the end, all the kids got to go up on stage and dance with Mikel and Lisa to a Milkshake Rock song.  It was absolutely priceless seeing him dance up there.

After the show, he got to meet the stars and he asked me to buy him a CD so that he could listen to the songs “every day and every night.”  I willingly obliged, since unlike most children’s music I’ve heard, the Duo doesn’t make me want to jump out of a moving vehicle {which I’ve threatened to do more than once while being forced to listen to Larry the Cucumber singing praise songs in his ridiculous voice}.  In fact, I actually enjoyed their music myself.  They have several CD’s out, so we picked the one that had the most songs I thought he’d recognize from the concert {and the ones I liked the best: “Bottle of Sunshine,” “Boom Boom,” “Space Song,” and “ABC of Me“}.  I also particulary liked “Go Wild,” “Baseball,” and “When I’m Old,” which are featured on other albums.  I’m thinking maybe we’ll ask for another CD for birthday or Christmas since he really seemed to like the music a lot.
All in all it was a fantastic day.  Lunch, crafts, coffee, and a concert…all with my favorite little man.  What more could an Artsy Mama ask for?  Hope your day was a Bottle of Sunshine too.
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3 comments on Lunch Dates and Milkshakes

  1. Amanda Joy
    July 29, 2011 at 1:54 PM (4 years ago)

    This sounds like an amazing and memorable date! I will have to look into their music, because I can agree with you on Larry’s voice sometimes:)

    Your little side story cracked me up… I can totally imagine saying that to my kids.

  2. Terry
    July 29, 2011 at 11:23 PM (4 years ago)

    What a great day. You have inspired me to check out our local talent to spend a day with my nephew. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Carmella
    July 30, 2011 at 3:32 AM (4 years ago)

    What an awesome win!! (our summer reading program gave erasers….hehehe we were still grateful, I promise) I bet he felt like a regular rock star hanging out with them!


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