Our First Family Restaurant Experience

Hookah bar

Hookah bar

While traveling a nearby city, we found a good restaurant to try.

The kids had walked a good bit and so we opted to try a well-received local restaurant.

Instead of an alcohol bar, the restaurant had a hookah bar.

Above entryway mirror

Above entryway mirror

Peek-a-boo!

Sitting at the table

Sitting at the table

They had benches for us to sit around a low table

which of course the kids thought meant it was their inside playground….

Joyfull loving the food!

Joyfull loving the food!

We had a great time with our friends and enjoyed several appetizer dishes together.

As you can see from Joyfull’s hands and plate, it was good!!!

Friends for life

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I try to instill in my kids the desire to build friendships with their siblings.

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Currently Sweet Cheeks, Hallmark & Joyful are playing doctor and patient. Third is listening to an audiobook (his new favorite quiet activity).

I know different personalities interact better than others so I just encourage natural interaction and attempt to instill common courtesies and social skills.

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When I do want the kids to spend time together, I try to let them do something they both love. Like eating apples!

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Bonding over hard work is another way to deepen relationships. Have you ever trained for something? Didn’t you get close with your training buddy? (Introvert talking here, I trained alone but I did share a lot with other running friends.

The kids have a few chores to do throughout the week. Enter bonding over putting dishes away and dragging garbage bags out on the street.

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Dress up is another sure-fire way for the kids to play together. Whether it’s cowboys or ballerinas.

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I pray our kids treasure these built-in friendships. No matter where we go, we’ll always be living with these friends until adulthood.

I hope the hubs and I set a good example. He’s my best friend and I love to spend time with him. The more I interact with him and show emotions (laughing, excited, serious, etc) as the kids are present, the better it is for them to witness how to build a strong friendship.

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A Basket-Full of Encouragement

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After having a baby (or really just being a mom to young kids) you can sometimes feel a little bit out of it and dirty and stinky and well less feminine.

I still can struggle with not feeling feminine or girly, so imagine a new mama who is balancing less sleep & long hours, dealing with the weight of having a new person to love and care for and trying to get back into the groove of life?

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Enter a little bit of encouragement in the form of a few of her favorite things!

*This can also bless a new mama via adoption, a single mom, a just moved into town neighbor or someone who’s recently become an empty-nester.

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I enlisted the help of a friend to help me gather ideas for a little pick-me-up present. (My hubs also contacted the husband to learn some of her favorite things.)

The kids and I picked up…

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An aromatherapeutic candle

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Dove milk chocolate (Sweet & sentimental notes inside the wrappers)

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Fruity, sweet and still girly

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Lara-bar for when you need a little extra something.

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Berries covered chocolates…need I say more?

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Target wasn’t carrying the candy she liked (info acquired via husbands), so I opted for similar gummy candy.

Another way to spruce up a girl is to pick up some classy earrings. I went with a very neutral design because I wasn’t sure what she liked.

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Martha Stewart magazine…..for all those times she has extra time to read!!

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Lastly picked up flowers & a seasonal drink and sped this little combo over to her house ASAP.

I have to admit, I wasn’t feeling super happy and was very self-focused that day. But once I opted to surprise a friend, it blessed me in turn to use my energy for someone else!

How do you like to cheer others?