1- 1:1 day installment #1/3 = success!
I decided “Mommy Day” sounded a little juvenile at this stage so . . . 1:1 day it is! A had hers yesterday and it included:
- a trip to Target
- home manicures (I offered a salon experience but she wanted to get some new polish + do it at home!)
- face masks (OBVIOUSLY)
- JetPens video watching
- Dairy Queen
- Barnes & Noble – mostly browsing; she did get 2 books including one on the summer reading list
- dinner @ Sakura Ramen
- Bring It On (just A + me; Josh handled C/G bedtime).
Genevieve did come to dinner (necessary as we went right from piano and C had a basketball game), so it wasn’t entirely 1:1, but it was close and I think she had a great time! I didn’t get her approval yet on pix (key step these days) but will share if I can later on.
Next Thursday = C; Thursday after that = G. I suspect there will be an arcade and action movie experience in my near future . . . I’m ready!
2- Theme of two podcasts I listened to today was a social media break! It was discussed in this Mom Hour episode on taking a break (great overall episode too) and this Best Today Guide ep by Shunta Grant. Laura and I also talked about the topic on this week’s BOBW – the last in our screen series.
I am glad others are sharing potential avenues for temporarily or permanently escaping the time-sucking and in some cases mood-lowering effects of social media. I feel like this concept/movement is becoming less fringe and more widely talked about, and I love it.
3- Currently reading:
I have been consistently captivated by Elin Hilderbrand’s recent books and so far this one is no exception (though now that I look at the cover I’m sort of nervous because the first chunk did not feel like a suspense novel or thriller but what is shown there certainly looks ominous).
((I don’t like my reading life to be TOOOO stressful, you know?))
June was a great reading month for me – I finished 6 books, 3 fiction and 3 non. (2023 reading list is here!)
4- HALFWAY DAY!!!! Midpoint of the year = July 2. Annual “mid-year goals update” ep of BOBW coming out next month, and loved listening to the Happier version.
I don’t do anything special personally for halfway day (other than prep and record the episode in advance) but I am looking forward to making my July goals list this weekend. July is really the only pure ‘summer’ month for us, since school ends in June and starts in August. Most of my goals will focus on family + relaxation. AND I am happy when I look at my calendar lately. There is just a lot to look forward to!
5- Including . . . heading to PHL with just the kids tomorrow! Josh has call, and so I decided to bring the kids to visit my parents (and escape our weather a bit). This is becoming a bit of a tradition, as I took just G last year (big kids were at camp). Maybe one of these days Josh will make it too . . . 2024?! He often has call 7/4 but maybe next year he can mix it up and take Labor Day instead or something.
On the positive side, I no longer have any qualms about traveling with all 3 which is a far cry from just a couple of years ago. I’m honestly looking forward to it!