Friday, August 9, 2013

Mommy's Timeout!

Over the past few months I have been meeting a group of mothers out for some me time.  We have been eating at different restaurants around the area in no particular order.  Meeting once a month for a few hours is about all we can squeeze into our crazy schedules. Between multiple activities, work, kids getting sick and husbands being out of town its all we can do to manage the insanity.

The group lives throughout the Columbia and Lexington area. There are several members and not all can make each get-together. But thus far, we have managed about ten mothers from a variety of backgrounds. Some ladies have lived here their whole life, some, like me, are transplants.

Mostly we have stuck to places where you know what you're going to get when you order. But at our last shin-dig we decided to put together a bucket list of places and write up weather we enjoyed it or not as a way to remember what worked and what "DIDN'T. Basically compiling a list of "Go To" places depending on what you are looking for. Some outing are just a pizza kind of night and others are a "I need to put-real-cloths-on-wear-a-bit-of-makeup-and feel like a lady" kind of night.

There are so many great places to eat. It's sometimes hard to know what you are walking into. For example; If you are heading downtown Columbia with your two littles, are any of the "HOT" places appropriate to bring them?  Most likely not, but some places may be. It's hard enough getting them dressed and loaded into the car.  Then to get them settled into a place that really isn't kid appropriate is basically a nightmare.

Our Time together, for that short duration, is packed full of crazy. And we talk about it all. With everything laid out for discussion, the last thing we want is a sweet baby to be in a ears-shot of our raunchy discussions. But we need to have this time. So we hop around place to place and enjoy the different cuisine.

I'm really treasuring the time we get to spend together. And to throw in eating too, well lets just say that it's pretty close to a perfect time for me.  Talking about the nastiness that kids bring, eating delicious food, and knowing there are others out there going through the same trials has become such a wonderful blessing.
Keep your eyes out for the ladies!