Random Roundup – July 6, 2017

Feeling Fulfilled in the Finger Lakes, NY  

I was in the Finger Lakes, NY with two other besties and their hubbies and kids. There were 12 of us and it was AWESOME.  I cannot tell you how it warms my heart to “come home” to people and kids I cherish and feel my friendship cup brimming.  We are a big and loud group, but it was beyond relaxing.

Our first day there, the mamas went to a winery for 4 hours of nonstop conversation which felt like 4 minutes.  The company was paired with breathtaking views and delicious wine while our hubbies held down the fort (or rather the old Victorian farmhouse we rented on VRBO) by entertaining our 6 kids and making dinner.  (We are lucky ladies!)

Shout out to Dave Butler for winning at Clue at 1:30am on Saturday night!  [We played much better after we had a few more drinks (and actually followed the instructions).]

One part of high school which lasts forever is my pimply skin.

I am 35 years old and I still get zits.  When does this end?

Stuff is just stuff

I have a dream to live abroad and my friend commended me on my willingness to let go of all my worldly possessions for an international adventure, but he asked, “What about my house, our cars, all my stuff?”  The only things I truly care about are my children and husband.  As long as I have my family, everything else is discretionary.  The thought of getting rid of all our “stuff” and starting fresh feels exciting.  I don’t need much, and I like living minimally.

Always accepting new friends

I don’t understand people saying “it’s hard making new friends when you don’t have kids.” I am always open to meeting new and interesting people.  Not welcoming new friends into my life feels childish to me.  It feels like high school and the continuation of cliques.  I was not friends with clique-kids in high school and now I cross paths with people who are welcoming (like me) and clearly meant to be in my life.  Who wants to be friends with someone who isn’t nice and friendly anyway?

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