On a whim we were asked by some friends to head to the state fair on Sunday. If you know me well, then you know that I am very much a hermit crab and will likely say no if given options in advance in regards to hanging out…don’t get me wrong I love spending time with friends, I just can easily talk myself out of it (a terrible habit I know). I’m extremely happy we went! I’ve lived in Virginia for over 20 years (I’m 28) and I’ve never been to the fair – honestly I’ve never even known there was a state fair!
We ate lots of greasy and fattening foods which definitely made it even more worth the trip. Kai rode his first merry-go-round and his first roller coaster which he made by a hair literally when he was measured! The new experiences and my steak pita (mashed potatoes, steak tips, sauteed onions and mushrooms on pita bread) I would do it all over again…and again just for the pita.
I’m so grateful for friends who remind me to get out and enjoy trying something new. As much as I love my normal routine, I know that for my sanity and for Kai to really have awesome experiences I have to stretch myself even when I least want to. I recently read Elizabeth Ivie’s post on intentional friend making and she even touched on navigating the whole paradigm of internet friendships. Shortly after I soaked in that post (it’s a great read) – I spent a few minutes talking with a long time friend (more or less a little lecture) on needing to get out more and actually enjoy the friendships I’ve made. Life can get so busy I (especially all moms) easily neglect what we most need in general as women and that is genuine friendships. So thank you dear friend, I needed that push to not just sit behind a screen or interact at work, but enjoy the time spent with valued friends.