Earlier this week, mom asked us if we would be interested in leaving the kids overnight with her for the first time since her ovarian cancer diagnosis in January of this year. Unfortunately, she hasn’t been able to watch the kids or keep them overnight since she underwent her debulking surgery in February, and then chemo. The great news is that she finished her last session of chemo three weeks ago and, as of last week, is starting to feel more and more like herself. Yahoo!!! As you can imagine, we were SO excited that she asked. Mom used to watch our son twice a month before our daughter was born, and we were extremely grateful for the alone time. More importantly, her offer was an amazing sign that she was starting to finally feel better. Mom loves nothing more than to spend time with her kids and grandkids, so I knew that keeping the kids overnight would bring her more joy than I could ever express.
When mom asked, our immediate response was hell yeahhhh!!! Watching a three and a half-year-old and an 11-month-old is a lot more work than just watching the one but she and my dad (also known as Papa G) did great. I knew they would. According to them, everything went “perfectly.”
We dropped the kids off Friday night at 6pm, ran home like giddy kids and got ready for our date night. I don’t know about you but I’ve always loved getting ready before heading out for the night. Whether it be with my girlfriends or husband it’s always fun. Julien and I started the evening with a glass of bubbly, of course ;), and listened to music. Once we were all dolled up, we left for dinner at Roberto pizza on Preston. Have you been? If not, it’s a must. It’s a quaint pizza shop, in the heart of Little Italy. They offer THE BEST wood oven baked pizza. Trust me. Pizza is my FAVOURITE food and they do it right. They make wonderful thin crust pizzas which range between $14-$19. We ordered the Pirlo (my absolute fav from this restaurant) and the Enzo. As for their drinks, they serve their wines in adorable glass cups. Love it!!! We had a glass of their Rose and their house red, both of which were great and went down nicely.
We ate our meal on their patio. It’s small and can only fit about 8 people comfortably but it’s so quaint and great for people watching. If you can, we recommend eating outside. As you can tell from the pics, it was a rainy evening which also made for a nice atmosphere. Lucky for me, I have a lovely husband who ran back to the car to grab us some umbrella’s for our walk back. I was grateful that he did because it really started pouring on our way back.
We finished the night off with a cocktail at Andaz rooftop bar. As you already know, we started our last date night off at this spot and really enjoyed it so we decided to end the night there. The view is like no other and they make delicious cocktails.
Overall, it was a lovely date night. Being a mom of two little ones, I love being able to get dressed up and enjoy some one-on-one time with Julien. Holding hands while walking and really just focusing on one another.
We “slept in” and called mom around 9am to see how their night went with the kids. Turns out that they were on their best behavior. Both slept through the night and, although the kids are busy, they thoroughly enjoyed their time alone with the kids. Later that morning, we met them at the local splash pad/park and enjoyed the outdoors and beautiful day.
I am very grateful for mom and Papa G taking the kids overnight but more importantly SO thankful for the fact that I finally feel like I have my mom back. She is slowly regaining her strength and is doing such an amazing job recovering from chemo. I am so proud of her and the amazing progress she’s made this year. She is such a fighter and inspiration.
A BIG shout out to all of those fighting a battle against cancer. My heart goes out to you and your families and I send you my love and strength. Remember the cancer is only one part of your family’s story. Try to focus mainly on all of the lovely things your family and life have to offer. Cherish them and enjoy every day to the fullest.
Ciao for now,