Look: Today I was planning on taking kids to the local Lakeshore Learning Store. When I was a teacher I loved back to school time. The Lakeshore stores would always be buzzing with teachers all excited for a fresh school year. Since leaving my teaching job I've discovered these stores not only have weekly crafts for preschoolers, but have a play area. As long as I can keep my wallet in my purse (their things while educational are also pricey $) we have a great time. So that was the plan, but instead I spent the morning dealing with my 3 year old's temper. She was completely upset and in an effort to get her to use her "big kid" words I did not give in at all....GO ME! So my plan for today was shot...but I have to be flexible right? Because I spent most of the morning listening to sobs, screams and cries tonight I'm going to thoroughly enjoy my night out. I didn't even realize until I typed it that tonight I will be hanging out with my teacher friends...and here I was going to the teacher store today. Subliminal messaging maybe.
Learn: This is something I learned a bit after having my second child. Going out is a great way to relax. Sure I get out most mornings for a walk or run. I spend time on play dates and get sitters when going out with the hubby. But just going out alone or with some great girlfriends is a must. I try to plan or do something once a week to give myself the time to recharge. It's been a vital part of surviving in the world of toddlers that is my home right now. So tonight I plan on having a beer or four (I have a designated driver), enjoying some delicious food and laughing all night. What else could I need to be ready to tackle the rest of the week with my wee ones.
Love: The best part about a night out is that it can range from simple to complex. When in a pinch I've driven to the nearby book store with my own coffee mug and perused all the new arrivals. I'll grab a magazine I would never by and sit and recharge. I leave those nights having spent not even a penny! On the complex end it can be a lot of arranging and coordinating plans, rides and outfits for a few hours out. But in the end it's always worth it.