I have seen quite a few "coffee date" posts lately. You know the ones...."if I were going to have you over for a coffee date we'd..... and I'd tell you....." If you're looking for some good coffee dates I recommend Raechel's post here or Casey's post here. Both are great blogs and great reads.
As for me...well I wouldn't have you over for coffee. I"m more a "Happy Hour, Margarita and Chips" kinda gal. So, I've invited you to my home for a girls evening.
Won't you join me for a margarita and a few chips and salsa?
If you were to join me for this evening, we'd sit out on my balcony as the sun set. I'd offer you an ice cold margarita (frozen preferably), mine always has salt but of course yours could be without it. We'd sit down and admire the beautiful sunset over the Cascade Mountains.
"Such beautiful colors and reflections of the mountains on the lake" I'd say. And of course, you'd agree.
I would start by telling you about work. It's a very stressful time. I'd tell you that I have more deadlines than I've ever had before. I have four shows in a two week period. Three of them occur in the same week and organizing all the details is almost overwhelming. I'd tell you that I am responsible for over 30 people in 3 different states, at three different shows, with over $400,000 of expenses on the line. I spend more than half my time in meetings and the other half trying to stay on top of the month of February.
We would toast to "getting it all done".
We would then talk about our kids. I would tell you that for the last few months, every single night when I get home from work Crosby has a melt down. He throws himself on the floor and cries as soon as I walk in the door. I know it's his emotions overwhelming him, but it's still heart-breaking to see. I would tell you that I get teary-eyed thinking about Madi starting Kindergarden this fall. I swear that just yesterday she was snuggled on my shoulder at 3am after a late-night feeding. I'm no where near ready for her to go to school. I would ask you about your kids and we could tell our stories over chips and salsa.
We would offer each other encouragement and advice and be thankful that we have each other to lean on as we navigate these years of "mommyhood".
After refreshing our margaritas and bringing out the guacamole, I'd tell you that I am not a "religious" person but lately I feel and see God more often in my daily life. I've had the devotional "Jesus Calling" for years now, but finally decided to use it this year. And wouldn't you know it, everyone is reading it now! I have found faith in just taking a moment to breathe and thanking God for this journey I'm on. Growth in any way is hard, but growth in faith and family might just take the cake!
And finally, after all the "heavy" stuff is off our hearts, I'd ask you if you watch Downton Abbey? We would catch-up on the loss of Lady Sybil and talk about how wonderful it would be to live in a Castle with maids and butlers and footmen. I would tell you that I'm loving this season of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and the new Vanderplump Rules. We would chat about the shows that are ending and new ones on the horizon.
My love for tv shows usually evolves into all the latest news in celebrity gossip, which is a never-ending, mindless way to end a "Happy Hour" don't you think?
Happy Thursday my friends!