There was so much anticipation leading up to it, especially on Harper's part. Both Mimi and I had been talking to her about her "big girl" date night and how she would have to act especially grown up ;) We talked about her using all her manners at the restaurant, about what a symphony is, how she would be staying up very late with all the grown up people and how it was very special for the girls to get to go on a date in general.
Mimi and I laughed at how she was so excited she nearly forgot all of her manners with our waitress (thank goodness she didn't mind since Harper was the only three year old present ;). Harper got to enjoy her first Shirley Temple with TWO cherries and even ate their gourmet mac n' cheese ;) Mimi and I even got to talk a little at the restaurant while Harper danced and entertained herself right around our table... Cloud nine.
This evening was markedly special to me because it's the beginning of having a lifetime of big girl dates with my daughter. And sharing this memory with Mimi is beyond special as my mom is my best girlfriend in the world.