Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Friends, Food, Fun

Do you remember hearing this slogan a while back? (see title) I think that it hits the nail on the head so to speak.
Honestly, yesterday I was having a crummy day as per my post. Don't we all have those days where we deeply ponder the unfairnesses that life has presented us and worry that it will never be right? I get in those funks sometimes...luckily for me, I have a wonderful husband who is so much wiser than I am. I also have such wonderful family members (Kell & Don) who take the time to tell me they love me and appreciate me. I'm sorry I posted when I was having a down moment, I hope you won't all think I'm ridiculous. Thanks for your support though, it really lifted my spirits.
Last week some of my girlfriends and I got together to do a craft project. One of my closest friends, Alacey, is incredibly creative and talented and so she volunteered to help us do a fun fall project. We tried for several weeks to establish a night we could all get together sans kids to make it happen. We literally could not find one single night that all of us women could meet. Finally, we decided to do it with the kids around.
It was chaotic, it took longer than it would've taken without the kids, my house was a mess, but more than any of those things--it was fun. After we had finished our little projects, we all started feeling the munchies. Alacey said, "I think we should go to Barro's for lunch." She didn't have to say it twice and we had all grabbed our kids and were out the door. For those of you not familiar with Barro's--it's a local pizza chain that has a kids' area with a huge TV which plays Disney movies, a play kitchen with tons of food items (even milk cartons that look real--huh Jen?) and a little house and car to play with. Oh yeah, the pizza is delicious too.
After we had devoured the pizza and we were rounding up the kids to head home, I had such a content feeling. Friendships do that don't they? A good chat with a close friend is akin to a good accomplishment--you just feel so satisfied when you've taken the time to do it well.
Today I had a group of girlfriends and their kids over again. It too brightened my spirits. It's just so nice to forget yourself for awhile and just play with friends. It's also refreshing to have a good night's sleep. Amazing how waking up in the morning and thinking about the blank slate of a new day will help you to keep your issues in perspective.
Though I may not have everything I need, or I think I need, I do have so much more than most. I have wonderful friends and I am grateful for them.

11 comments:

Heather said...

I'm glad today was better! I just read your last blog entry and totally feel the same way as you. If I think too much about what isn't fair in my life I really get depressed. Then I think about all that is good and that I have been blessed with and its hard to stay sad for too long. It is crazy what a good night sleep and hanging out with great friends will do for your spirits. I wish I was there with you to hang out. I miss you!

DONNA said...

Friends are the BEST!!! Also, I'd like to take just a moment and just add that chocolate's (milk or dark) not bad either. I can be in a super critical mood and all of the sudden my thighs start begging for chocolate. Once I indulge, the mood is lighter and the junk in my trunk is heavier. Oh well...usually it works and I no longer have that critical low or a terminal bout of PMS. Can you say...Happy Halloween and Give me all your chocolate?!!!

Lacey said...

Aww stop it! I'm so glad we are friends and that we can get together often and enjoy hanging out! You are my listening ear when Christopher doesn't agree! Wink! Wink!

We all have so much to be grateful for....and it only takes a few minutes of counting blessings to realize how well we are taken care of!

love ya!

SHERI said...

I am so glad to read you had a fun day with your friends. I read your last post and wasn't sure what I could say.
I love the craft project. Next time I want to come!!! I am going to link to it on my craft blog if that is OK

Adrienne said...

Glad things are looking up!

Zim Family said...

Yay for girlfriends...and I agree with the poster that added chocolate to the mood booster list! Friendships really do add so much happiness and fun to life (and just for the record, I do consider chocolate to be one of my most favorite friends)!!

Lolly said...

it is just like the quote you have in your family room, "friends are the family that you choose" You are definitely lucky to have so many friends!

Kjirsti said...

I agree! Cute project too! Yesterday a couple of our friends came trick or treating to our house and stayed for a while to chat, and when they left I felt the same way. I too often schedule my life so full that I don't leave time for friends, so I'm grateful when they assert themselves and don't let that happen. Happy Halloween! by the way, I did get your tag, but I have been busy and I also haven't come up with a good 7 yet.

Lara said...

So incredibly true! I need to remember that more often as I tend to get to busy to spend good quality time with friends and just have fun.

Jack and Annie said...

I just read your previous post...I am glad things are going better. And Hurray for good friends! I love crafts!

Melissa said...

It's amazing how important friends become when you don't have any family around! I've learned this the past year and I hope it's something I never forget!