17. Friends

Today, I am thankful for friends! Although I consider myself to be friendly with lots of people, I don’t feel like I have a “bunch” of friends. There are very few people that I have a relationship with outside of work, Facebook, or Cecilia’s school and extracurricular activities. However, I am so grateful for the friends that I do have!

The hubby and I went on a double date to have dinner and see a movie with two of our very good friends Saturday night. It was nice to get out and have some adult conversation.

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I used to not think that we “needed” date nights. It wasn’t until we started having date nights that I realized how much we do need them! With Cecilia, we NEVER did anything alone or with friends. We were so drunk in love with being new parents, that we didn’t want to leave her side! However, now that we have two children, life can get hectic sometimes. It wasn’t until recently that we started getting out and doing things without the kiddos. There are many reasons for this. One is that we just don’t feel the desire to leave our babies, especially when they are teeny tiny. So, we have to force ourselves to take that time that we need just to be us. Secondly, we don’t have immediate family near us. Our parents live two and three hours away. Thankfully, a wonderful former student of mine, who has grown to be like a part of our family, is finally of age to babysit. She actually calls or texts and ASKS to keep the kids. She is like a big sister to them, so we feel extremely comfortable leaving her with them! Plus, we usually don’t go until late, so the kids (at least William) is usually in bed before we leave or very soon after. So, we don’t feel like we are missing out on time with them.

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