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Thursday, July 31, 2008

photostory friday - ramen rocks!

PhotoStory Friday
Hosted by Cecily and MamaGeek

back in march, i won a family fun night auction at our school gala for dinner and bowling.

this particular bowling alley uses strings to reset the pins. i consider strings inferior to the standard fixed frame method of reseting the pins and this is reflected in my score. (it could also be that i just plain suck!)

anyway - we had vouchers for one game which was just about right given that some family members did much better than others and gave up early on in the piece! i barely came away with my dignity - beating miss 11 by a mere ONE PIN!!!
from there we headed to the newly opened wagamama restaurant on the waterfront. these pics aren't great quality, but i wanted to include them anyway. we are so lucky to have a gorgeous harbour (port nicholson) a mere 15 minutes from our house. miss 18 is noticeably absent in these pics, but rest assured, she was there. (she was cranky with her bowling ball).
there's the familiars heading into the restaurant. i stopped to take some pics, but did they wait for me to catch up? nooooooooooo......too hungry after all that bowling...
if you have been reading my blog, you will know that i'm a STICKLER for table manners. i feel i may have let my standards slip a little here.....
that's miss 16 in front of her empty bowl of ramen - her new favourite food. the bowl WAS big, but not as big as it appears in this pic!!!

ever since that night the girls have been badgering us to go back to wagamama's. i remind them that our desserts and miss 10's dinner was free (they forgot her meal), i had a discount voucher and yet our bill was STILL $120 - but does that mean anything to them? (that was a rhetorical question btw...)

i must go water my money tree...

happy PSF everyone!

31 comments:

Cecily R said...

Well, I can see why they want to go back...and why you can't just drop in every once in a while and grab take out. $120 AFTER all the discounts? Geez!

So...where DID you get your money tree? I think I need one too. :)

Great pics. LOVE this PSF!!

ValleyGirl said...

OUCH. Your money tree will need a good soaking after that!! Yikes! Looks like a wonderful night though ~ and I think the pictures are beautiful. Especially the ones of the harbour and restaurant entrance.

Krystyn said...

Happy PSF!

I love that you let the table manners slip.

And, holy cow! $120 with free food? That's crazy.

Paula Clare said...

Hey there!
I LOVE ramen noodles...actually, noodles of any kind. They have a bistro in the northwest called "The Noodle Company." ALL KINDS of concoctions too delicious for words.

Now, about that money tree...how about cutting a sistuh a start? Send a few seeds? A small sprout? LOL!

Kids are the most expensive "hobby" I've ever encountered! But worth it, definitely WORTH IT!

Hugs,
Paula Clare

Ryanne said...

Hey can I have a seed from that money tree? ;) At least you all had a wonderful time. Great PSF

gigi said...

We needed a picture of that "Money Tree" or seeds or something! Your family always has so much fun. Your pictures are cute and the Harbour lights are beautiful. Thanks for sharing those with us.

Trish said...

I visited the link you gave to the restaurant and Wagmamas looks awesome. We need something like that near me.

Chris said...

HUZZAH! for table manners! Keep fighting the good fight! It looks like everyone had a good time, and as for the money issue, just adopt my mom's philosophy -- if I still have checks, I still have money.
That is a BIG bowl of ramen.

Storm said...

I know! :( Next giveaway I'm doing something that I can ship anywhere - I feel so bad the more I see how many are US only.

I need a money tree!

Pinky said...

Hey, where'd ya buy that money tree? I'll pay ya back if you get me one!
Loved reading about your evening out. Nice to meet ya, Scrappysue!!!
Awesome blog!

Sharon said...

I am an official member of the "Bowlers that Suck" league. Come join us! Looks like you had a great time.

Sass E-mum said...

I love Wagamamas. Bowling's alright too, but I might have skipped it and gone straight to the noodles.

Carrie and Troy Keiser said...

Well a good night was had by all, then! Holy cow though $120 AFTER discounts! Um yeah I think we'd go, what like every night!? yikes! Water the money tree well and when it send out runners, share! :)

Mom of Three said...

Sigh. Well, I guess it could be worse. You could have had the chopsticks coming out of your nose.

Like my husband does.

Sigh.

Looks like great fun--and I just noticed this fabulous slide thingy on the sidebar and all your wonderful scrapbook pages!!! I am going to make my own for sure, this is fantastic!

Cecilia said...

Send the money tree my way...will you???
What a fun blog you have!
Thanks for visiting me over at my blog!

Working mum said...

Love Wagamama - did they have those wireless things where they tap your order into their handset and it's automatically sent to the kitchen - fab!

$120! You need Tesco Deal Vouchers; you only pay for your drinks. Don't worry Tesco are taking over the world and will arrive in NZ before long, I'm sure!

Susie said...

OK, once again I TOTALLY want to join your family! Dinner and bowling? So right up my alley as they say--pun intended.
The only thing left to ask is where in the world do they sell these money trees? I would like one too please. or make that 10!
For $120 I'd say worth every penny, and maybe some planning for future re-enactments of the table manners!

david mcmahon said...

Thanks for the comment on my PSF post.

I'm terrible in a bowling alley - my kids even beat me on the Wii bowling game!

Robyn said...

I didn't know they still used strings anymore, esp when they have the fancy computer scoring.
Wagamamas looks like a beautiful place, but $120 yikes. Sound like a special occasions place.
I love kid's concept of money, though I have to wonder about my own sometimes.

Alexandria said...

I always enjoy reading and looking at your PSF!

MamaGeek said...

I totally see WHY they wanna go back! And where can I order a money tree? :)

Peter Dyrholm said...

free bowling :-) gotta love that. Looks like a great evening.
Quite a line of girls you have there. Given their age an all the table manors are well... not too bad at all. It could be much worse but it looks like you got through it alive which is a good thing ;-)

But a free night out on the town costing $120... man... you better give that money tree a little extra water and if you get some seedlings please do send a few my way ;-)

Chas said...

Oofta, that's steep. My money tree would be reduced to shrubbery after a dinner like that. At least everyone had a good time and wanted to go back. I'd have been upset to attack the money tree so viciously and have no one appreciate it.

Jonny's Mommy said...

Oh I stink at bowling, but what a blast you guys appeared to have. When my little guy gets a little older I am thinking of taking him.

That harbor is gorgeous and I think the photos are pretty good quality actually.

And I just love the photos of you and the kids goofing off! What a total blast! Thanks for commenting on my Photo Story Friday today too.

Susan said...

Oooh, a money tree! I need one of those.
Looks like a great night and sometimes you just have to let the table manners go and just have fun...as long as they understand that it is only temporary of course.
Wow, $120 with vouchers...ouch!

JennWasHere said...

Well if there's any consolation, you all had a great time.

I also have posted my PSF. You can read it HERE.

Happy Friday!

April said...

Looks like you all had a great time!!

scrappysue said...

robyn - they have the fancy computer scoring, but my guess is that the strings mean they can reset faster, which means they get more people through which means MORE MONEY FOR THEM!!!

MomOf3 said...

This looks like such a fun night! Where can I get one of those money trees? :)

lisaschaos said...

Your family looks like great fun!!

Strings to reset the pins? Like literally? Sorry, I don't mean to be a dork, I've only know of the little dealy that comes down and grabs their tops and such.

jientje said...

Yeah, I loved that last remark, funny but true!