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Sometimes You Just Need to Let Loose…

This past weekend Cody and I had a date night planned that turned into a game night with friends … that turned into wayyyyy more fun then I was expecting. Sometimes you just need to let loose. Be crazy. Drink a little more than you thought you would. Dance crazy. Try and make movements like a turkey and turn out to be more like a head bobbing pigeon. Laugh crazy hard. … and yes, you read that last part right.

Have you ever made plans, and then just been so tired that you’d rather cancel them, stay home in your pjs, and park yourself in front of the tv all night? Once the kiddos were dropped off at grandma and grandpa’s Saturday, and we visited with one of our friends and their new baby, Cody and I thought about going back home, skipping dinner, and doing just that. However, we hadn’t hung out with our closest friends in awhile and the kids were after all gone so we made the best of it.

I got lots of cuddles with this sweet little newborn! Made my day!!

After eating dinner out just the two of us and changing into some comfy clothes, we headed to our friends’ house. In my mind I remember thinking, “We’ll play a few games, but man am I tired. I’m sure we’ll be home by 10:30 at the latest. Bed sounds so cozy right now.” (Yes, I know I’m old! … it’s been a crazy couple of weeks, and I’ve just been so tired lately!) However, I think I needed something completely different that I wasn’t expected. I needed to just let loose and enjoy the moment with our friends. I ended up drinking the most I’ve had in over 6 months (we rarely drink!) and laughing so hard I had tears in my eyes.

It wasn’t anything crazy. We played board games, had a few drinks, talked about adult things … maybe made fun of our parenthood stage we’re in right now, and played Wii. It reminded me of our college days of just living in the moment and enjoying it. We didn’t get home until after midnight, but I was totally okay with that. Somehow I found the crazy energy to dance crazy and laugh the night away. It was so good for my sanity to spend some much needed time with our friends.

It made me so thankful for them. You see, these friends, they’re our closest and dare I say bestest friends (yes, I know cheesy right?!). But it’s true. We went to high school together. My husband and our guy friend roomed together in college. I worked with his wife in college. We got married the same summer 9 years ago and were in each other’s weddings. We had our first child 13 days apart and our second child 2 months apart. We’ve been through every stage of life together… and I’m so thankful and blessed to have them in our lives. Because we’ve shared so much in life, I feel like it’s brought us closer … and I can be my crazy self in front of them.

A piece of advice for all of you … find some friends you can grow with, that you can experience life’s greatest and smallest moments with. We all need at least one or two in this life. Being married and having another married couple we can be ourselves with has been one of the greatest blessings in our life.


Much love,

Chef Charley


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