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Monday=Fun Day

Growing up I remember every Saturday we got up earlier then should be allowed on a Saturday and we went to eat breakfast at OHOP (Original House of Pancakes for those who are unfamiliar). No matter how late I went to bed, rain or shine, we were there every single Saturday. It was an unspoken rule in our house that Saturday’s were Family Day. It is moments like those that shaped my life and created so many fun memories with my family, that I will never ever forget.

So a month ago we deemed Monday, “Fun Day” in the Terry Household. We let our oldest daughter pick what fun family activity we will do every Monday and we make it happen! We wanted to have something fun for our kids to look forward to as many summer weekends are usually filled with Weddings, Baby Showers, and BBQ’s, although the kids like to go, it is usually more fun for us than it is for them.

Creating a fun family day doesn’t require a ton of money, but some special time, and lots of love!

Check out these pics from our previous Monday Fun Day’s!

Our first Monday we went bike riding and had a day at the park
Beach day!
Trip to Brookfield Zoo
Water Day at home and water balloon fight
Chuck E. Cheese

You need your BFF

Yesterday, I was reading through Parenting Magazine and came across a really cool article called “Friendship CPR”. In the article it stressed the importance of social interaction with friends and tips in which I will share through this post.

“I think if I’ve learned anything about friendship, it’s to hang in, stay connected, fight for them, and let them fight for you. Don’t walk away, don’t be distracted, don’t be too busy or tired, don’t take them for granted. Friends are part of the glue that holds life and faith together. Powerful stuff.”
Jon Katz

Oh yeah, Friends are pretty doggone important. How many of us (me included) have done these things:

Not seen your friends for months at a time?
Haven’t spoke to your friend in over a month?
When you speak to or hang out with your friends you spend the first hour catching up, because you haven’t talked in so long?

I’m so guilty of this! With family, kids, career…..LIFE alone….can get soooo crazy that the first people we put on the back burner are our friends. Some of us before we had all of the above we had a hard time making time for our friends. Just as we have to maintain relationships with our spouses, relationships with our friends have to also be given the necessary attention otherwise the relationship grows further and further apart. Now…..there are situations where certain friendships grow apart and head in different directions, and you just aren’t on the same page anymore, but that’s a different post 🙂

The Article “Friendship CPR” gave a few tips for making time for your friends:

-Run errands together, since you have to get them done anyway, why not spend your grocery shopping time with a friend?

-Take a fun class together (my girls and I have already discussed doing this)

-Can’t get to your friends? Skype or Instant Message them (we do this daily, it really works, check out WhatsApp for iPhone/Blackberry, the groupchat feature is fab)

A few Haute Mommi tips:

-Start a tradition with your friends and stick to them (i.e. Monthly breakfast or dinners, game or family nights, potlucks)

-Share your dreams with your friends and watch out for the opportunities that you can create together

-Do good with your friends, find a local charity and you can volunteer together

You need your husband/wife, kids, job, parents, siblings, but you also need your FRIENDS.