Monday, January 28, 2013

LML Monday - Play Dates & Pine Cars

It's Monday once again, my friends. And as always that means it's time to reflect on the things that made us happy over the past week. And of course now is also the perfect time to set the tone for a great week to come! 

If you missed my take on LML, you can find it here. If you missed the explanation of LML Monday, you can catch up here.

I know the blogging has been a bit patchy lately, but like I mentioned yesterday things seem to be getting a little bit back to normal. And even if they aren't completely there yet (or don't stay there) I've decided that LML Monday needs to be back, and needs to be a constant. Because I feel better when it is. So here we go, back on track...

Play Dates
My kids and I have a tradition, going back to the beginning of last school year when my son started kindergarten. Every time they have a half day at school we take advantage of the free afternoon and go out to lunch (usually at McDonald's, because in a town this size there aren't all that many options.) We always have a good time. And there is usually ice cream involved, which also helps.

At some point our lunch dates began to evolve, as we started to get to know some other families from school and make some friends. Sometimes it's still just the three of us for lunch (which is still fun), but sometimes (like this past week) we're able to meet some friends there and make an actual play date out of it. Spending a couple of hours at McDonald's is even more fun when the kids have friends to play with, and I have other mom friends to talk to.

When you're a mom (especially a stay-at-home mom) your exposure to grownup conversation can sometimes be kind of limited. Don't get me wrong - I treasure every minute with the kids, and wouldn't trade it for anything. But having another mom or two to spend some time with now and then is a great way to relax and recharge, and it always makes me feel better.

Pine Cars
This past weekend was the first Pinewood Derby of my son's Cub Scout career. Sadly, none of our cars did all that well, but we still had a great time. And we got some ideas and learned a lot about what we can do better next year, so it's good that this is an annual event. :)

These cars might not have been the fastest, but they sure did turn out cute, didn't they? Family craft projects are always a hit in my house, so these made for several fun weekends leading up to the race. (And lots of hard work - mostly on Dad's part, but I like to think that the rest of us contributed a little.) My son didn't even care at all that he didn't win - he still loved his Angry Birds car.

Ok. I shared mine - now it's your turn! Please feel free to leave me a comment and share some of your recent LML moments. Focus on the happy thoughts, and have a great week!

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