This fall seems like it has been particularly hard. Maybe because I have 3 active kiddos this year. Possibly because the hubby has been a bit more stressed this harvest. Some days it feels like it will.never.end. The good news is it will; it always does. I have to remind myself that, like everything else we face on a daily basis, it is just a season. It's not always enjoyable and some days are down right hard, but we will survive. I need to focus on finding joy in the small things to help take my focus of the struggles. Then maybe they won't seem so difficult.
We have spent a lot of time eating out without daddy. Which is a small feat in and of itself. McDonalds is a favorite hang out because of the play place. Soon we will be avoiding it with cold and flu season right around the corner, so we need to get extra time in now :)
Taco Bell is another fav for the munchkins. Yes, I took them in their jammies. While I would prefer to feed them well, with fruits and veggies at every meal like we do at home, you and I both know that dining out with children isn't glamorous. I try to load them up with healthy choices at home if I know we will be eating out later in the day. We stick to fast food primarily, dreaming of the day when we can sit down in a real restaurant again. However, the cost to feed them all in a real dining establishment at that time will be a whole other issue...
We have also tried to get some time in with friends. It helps the kids to have new faces to play with and mommy benefits greatly when she can spend time with someone who is a little closer to her age. One night we went to a friend's house for dinner. We ordered pizza and watched a movie together. Fun for everyone!