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Breakfast for Dinner πŸ” at Diner By the Sea 🌈

Like promised we checked out the tye dye pancakes and milkshakes tonight at Diner by the Sea in Long Beach. The last few Sundays I’ve decided that we should start doing a family dinner on Sunday nights. Just the 6 Shaps, no entourage, no family no friends.Β πŸ’‘πŸ‘­πŸ‘¬βœ”οΈ We’ve done the mall restaurants the last few weeks and then roamedΒ around the mall after… Tonight we packed up the Sprinter and made the longish trek to Long Beach. Driving 35+ minutes at this time of day with 2 toddlers who haven’t napped is “dangerous waters” as most of you parents know…if they fall asleep now this nap will BACKFIRE and there goes the 7pm bedtime. (by the way I am not a 7pm bedtime person, but tonight I was. Over it). I called ahead and they told me they don’t take reservations but since its Palm Sunday they expected it to be on the lighter side.Β πŸ’’πŸŒΎSo we got there early just in case at 4:30pm.Β πŸ•ŸπŸšπŸ’¨

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Shane was literally falling asleep as we were parking😴…not good…we should’ve known we were gonna be in for a rough one. Getting through ordering was a challenge, the “mids” (Dylan and Shane) were sitting next to each other, and couldn’t get it together. Dylan, hyper and antsy, and Shane, exhausted and whiney, wereΒ a recipe for disasterΒ being in a booth so close next to each other, invading each other’s space. The “ends”: Hailey, lost in instagram and snapchat, and Skyler, playing with the sugar packets, were a pleasure.πŸ‘§πŸ½πŸ‘ΉπŸ‘ΉπŸ‘ΆπŸ»Β We managed to get the order out: the highlights being 5 tye dye milkshakes: peanut butter, cotton candy, cake batter, chocolate and vanilla and one rainbow oreo pancake stack and one chocolate chip rainbow pancake stack. This pic while very cute, and idyllic, is not representative of the chaos that was really ensuing. #truth

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The other side of the table was covered with sugar packets, several iPads, an assortment of Shane’s cars and figures and lots of other annoying junk. The food came relatively quickly and we “ooohed and aaaahed” and took some cutesy pics. It was one of those meals where it was more about survival, a lot of grinding our teeth, and muttering under our breath and less about the “family bonding”. Oh well we gave it a good try!Β πŸ‘ŽπŸ½

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In between breaking up Mids and shushing theΒ whining, and stealing Shane’s nuggets for Skyler, I got to take in the scenery of this cute little “famous” diner. As our meal was winding down the place definitely started to get more crowded. The staff was very nice and patient with our bunch. 😱

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Like I said sometimes having a big crew is the best and sometimes you want to pull. your. hair. out. and. crawl. under. your. covers. and hiiiiiide. We asked for the check and sprinted to the car…On the bright side we checked the new rainbow pancakes off our list to sample! Fun times people. Fun times.Β πŸŒˆβœ…πŸŒˆβœ…

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