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Diana Whitworth Nelson’s Favorite Things

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Check out Mom Next Door Diana Whitworth Nelson’s favorite things from pandemic date nights to advice for other parents with kids with special needs.


How She Unwinds

“A few years ago, I would have said a good book and exercise. These days, it’s a glass of wine, scary movies and remodeling shows.”

How She Spent a Pandemic Date Night

“The only date night we’ve had this year was to an intimate restaurant located in our living room. The sign said ‘Vito’s’ and we had lasagna—that’s the restaurant in ‘Garfield’ and of course Garfield’s favorite meal; he has been popular in our house lately. The ‘wait staff’ was unusually intrusive and performed loud, off-tune keyboard melodies. And we had to clean up at the end of the night.”

Favorite Restaurants

“At the moment, it’s ‘Vito’s.’ But I’m looking forward to visiting our favorite patios again, like Smoky Rose and Matt’s Rancho Martinez.”

Smoky Rose // 8602 Garland Road, Dallas
Matt’s Rancho Martinez // 1904 Skillman St., Dallas (additional locations in Garland and Royse City)

Family Activities She Loves

“We live to bike and walk the neighborhood and White Rock Lake, have a weekend family movie night—outdoors when it’s nice—and play card games.”

Where She Shops Till She Drops

“I’ve been spending too much time at outdoor garden centers like Ruibal’s, Lowe’s and Home Depot. And I’m a regular at Costco.”

Ruibal’s Plants of Texas // Multiple locations in Dallas

Her Approach to Life

“My parents taught me to be kind and try my best. I tell my girls that every day, and it’s a good reminder for me as well.”

Advice for Parents Who Have Kids With Special Needs

“Pray, be patient and have grace with your kids and each other.”

Photo courtesy of Korena Bolding Sinnett.