I can tell you one thing-this girl right here is never short of BLOG material! This past week was no different. BJ has been out of town the past few days, so I took the day off from work yesterday to stay home with the girls. I was super excited-these days I don’t get much time just the three of us. We planned to meet up with our new neighbor friends Kaylee (4 years old) and her mom Leslie. They are the sweetest family and we have grown to be such great friends in a short period of time. I love it when I meet people that I instantly hit if off with-people that it is just easy to be around! We heard about an amazing water park in the area and we decided that’s where we were going to take the kids. The girls were so excited, they hopped into bed (the night before) without a fight, knowing that when they woke up, we were going to the water park with Kaylee. The next morning, they woke up screaming, ” Mommy, let’s go put our ‘baby soups’ on! I think I made them say that about 100x, because they sound so cute! They asked me over and over, “Mommy, are you excited to go?” Ah, priceless moments.
We piled in the car, 3 car seats in the back and headed to our much anticipated destination. I put the address in my trusted ‘Google Maps’ and we hit the road. Music up, windows down and ready for a fun day at the water park. About 15 minutes into the drive, we noticed that our GPS was dropping us off somewhere on the turnpike. For my non- Floridian readers, that is smack dab in the middle of an express freeway. “No problem”, we thought, we can re-navigate ourselves! We realized that we had gone 15 miles north in the wrong direction and that my trusted ‘Google Maps’ was not so trusted after all. We got some personal directions from my friend Leslie’s husband and we were back on track!
Water Park Bound.
The girls kept saying, “We are going to the water park!” As time went on, their enthusiasm began to fade. I kept reassuring them that we were just minutes away from the best day ever! We finally arrived at our destination (which by the way, was around the corner from my house) and got really excited thinking we had beat the crowd! We were the only ones there! Sounds great, until you realize that not even the employees or even grounds keepers are there either. As we pulled up to the front entrance we see the biggest sign that read, “CLOSED MONDAY- WEDNESDAY until school is out!” Um, really? We began laughing out loud hysterically! Of course the water park was closed, why wouldn’t it be-we were so looking forward it!
We headed back home to our community pool. On the way, we tried getting the kids excited about the pool. They were equally excited knowing that no matter where they were, it was going to be fun! We had a blast yesterday. We played, we splashed, we ate our picnic lunch, and enjoyed a perfect S. Florida day!
Moments That Matter.
What I didn’t illustrate to you above were the little things, the little moments that the five of us shared that will forever be priceless to me. The restaurants we would never known existed had we not been lost for 30 minutes, the conversations we over heard our girls having as we were ‘trapped’ in a car for a few minutes too long, or the time my new friend and I spent laughing at ourselves, knowing had our husbands been involved in the equation-we would have known that this water park was ‘CLOSED MONDAY-WEDNESDAY!’
Don’t Sweat It.
Yesterday, I was reminded to not sweat the small stuff, to not over react to things that really don’t matter. Instead, to roll with the punches, make the most of every situation. It is so much more fun that way! No one wants to be around someone who sucks all the life out of an adventure. Even though we didn’t get to go inside “Quiet Waters Splash Park Adventure” we had an adventure on our own. We even saved a few bucks!
Taking It Home.
Do you ever find yourself sweating the small stuff or overreacting to things that really don’t matter? Tell me about it, I want to hear from you!
Every week I highlight a TRUTH about you, your life, or about a situation you may be facing and then I DARE you to believe it.
Here is this week’s TRUTH or DARE.
TRUTH: “Don’t sweat the small stuff…and it’s all small stuff.” Richard Carlson, author.
DARE: Whatever hasn’t worked out the way you planned it would-let it go, have fun-life will always throw you curve balls and tend to not work out the way you planned for it to, you might as well enjoy it!