Thursday, July 18, 2013

Fork & Screen

We had a fun date night last night. I am so thankful that we bit the bullet and found a babysitter. We love her. Maddox loves her. It was trying and we were really nervous but it had to be done. We needed some time to ourselves too. Remember, we have no family out here, so it was 14 months before we had any time to just be "us" as a married couple.

We went to (and no I was not asked by them to review the site, though I wish that I was!). We did the 30 day membership and I put in our criteria and then emailed a ton of candidates. We met with a few of them after email conversations. I had compiled a lengthy interview questionnaire from all sorts of things I researched online and we sat down with them.

One of the ladies had Maddox running from her and screaming. Next. Moving on! She was perfectly nice but she was awkward and shy and didn't really get on his level. She talked about naps on the job and other random things.

Our favorite though was just perfect all around. She immediately started running with and playing with Maddox, asking him questions, figuring out what he liked. She was so personable and sweet. She answered everything for us and we all just clicked. Winner Winner Chicken Dinner.

She always has fun things for Maddox when she comes over. She texts me pictures of him throughout the night and always gives me a short rundown of his night when we get home. He loves her. We love her. She loves us. Can you feel the love?

Back to date night: we went out with our friends Sarah and David to AMC Esplanade. It is fork and screen theater. You go in and first pick out your seats. like on an airline. Kind of fun. It is reserved seating. Ooh.

Then they have a full bar and restaurant. The outside bar and restaurant is the same that you have in the theater so you can sit in the "lobby" and have cocktails and appetizers then go in the show (with your drinks!!) and order dinner. There are call buttons on each seat that ring up a waiter along with little pull out tables. How cool?! Plus the service is FAST. I swear we waited all of 30 seconds for our round of drinks and waters to be brought to us. They have soups, sandwiches, salads, burgers, pizzas, fancier options, plus all of the regular movie treats. We were stuffed by the end of the night! Next time, we won't be ordering so much.

After the movie, we had a little extra time before we needed to relieve the sitter so we headed down to check out Dierks Bentley's new bar in Scottsdale. It was a fun place. Lots of outdoor tables and seating and the bar also had an outdoor section. There were lots of tvs, misters, and music. There was not a band when we were there but I saw the advertisements for them on various nights. It was pretty jammed for a Wednesday night.

All in all, a great date night with a great hubby and great friends :) Life is good!



  1. We love the Esplanade too! So fun! When I went there for the first time, I said that I could never see another movie in the regular theater...were you in those nice recliners where you can practically lay down?
    I'm glad you found a great babysitter, I can imagine how hard it must be to leave Maddox with someone you don't know very well.

  2. Hey chica!
    It was our first time-- very cool, but next time I think that an appetizer will be plenty. Too much food! Our movie was just at fork and screen- the seats were nice, rocked, leather, oversized, but they weren't the recliners! We want to try the suites out next time for sure.

    It is hard, but at the same time, the right sitter makes it easier too. It is one of those gut things that you pray is right.