When faced with life's challenges,
it is Important to Remember
that although Daniel was saved from the lions,
he was not saved from the Lion's Den.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Girls Night Out

Today, I am joining up on Mama Kat's, for one of her nearly world famous Writers Workshops.  This is a challenge that I enjoy.  The prompt that I chose this week is girls night out.  Here are the rules.
Choose a prompt, post it on your blog, and come back to add your name to the link list on Mama Kat's blog post. Be sure to sign up with the actual post URL and not just your basic blog URL (click on the title of your post for that URL). For good comment karma try to comment on the three blogs above your name!!
The Prompts:
1.) Girls Night Out! Describe the last time you got to hang out with your friends? What stops you from doing this more often?
2.) If Social Media died tomorrow, describe another hobby you might get into.
3.) Share a Summer Camp memory.
4.) We’re too old to be getting in trouble…aren’t we? Write about a time you were scolded…as an adult.
5.) Barefoot and hormonal…describe an incident that upset you when you were pregnant, but now looking back makes you laugh.
6.) Create a video where you share your opinion on monetizing blogs. You are free to talk about whatever this topic inspires in you, but here are some sample questions: Are you willing to work with brands? Is it “selling out”? Can a blogger over do it? Do you have tips to share? A memorable experience working with a brand? etc.

The last time that I had a "Girls Night Out"  was when a very good friend and I took all of our girls to a ballet.  BYU has a ballet troop and every year they travel to the White Mountains of Arizona and perform a program for the girls (young and old).  We took the girls out for dinner, then went to the ballet and mingled with the ballerinas before the performance.  We then got to watch several ballets performed.
Each one was about 20 minutes and each one was about a well known fairy tale.  My friend and I loved it.  We totally enjoyed being with our girls for the evening, and we completely enjoyed talking and laughing and acting like girls ourselves.
I would say the thing that keeps me from doing this more often is simply time.  I have so many responsibilities.  I work too much.  I don't spend enough time with my girls and my husband.  I suffer from serious guilt over any extra time away from home.
Don't get me wrong, I crave friend time.  It means a great deal to me.  But I don't like the guilt that normally accompanies me anytime I try for some "mom" time.  So, this evening, was perfect.  My girls came with me!  I had an adult friend to laugh with.  We all saw amazing girl ballets.  And most of all, we had fun.  All the makings of which was, for me, a perfect evening.  And one I hope to repeat soon!
I think it is important to note that, although I wasn't only with friends, I did manage to compromise and have a wonderful evening including the best of both my worlds.  I think it is possible to do the things we need to do and still manage to have fun in our lives.  I don't think we have to be "just" a mom, I think it is possible to be many things to many people and still manage to take care of ourselves.  Sometimes, you just have to be willing to look at it from a different perspective.
For me, it doesn't work to plan time away from my family; But it does work to have time with friends and family.  I think that is what life is.  Making choices, taking risks, finding the things that mean the most and keeping them close to you.  For me, that is what makes my time most enjoyable.  


  1. What a fun thing to share together. I am glad that you got to have girl time like this.

    Thank you for visiting my Writer's Workshop post and commenting there. Have a great night!

  2. Sounds like you had a great time! It's always fun to get together with your friends..especially if you can take your family along!

  3. I get what you're saying about feeling guilty, it's great that you are able to have fun and bring along your kid too. Girls and ballet always a blast.

  4. I think someone like Gary Smalley once said that as a parent he didn't want to be his kids' friend. But he wanted to raise them in such a way that they could be friends as adults. Does that make sense? . . . So your night out enabled you to enjoy a friend now and invest in the future!

  5. I love girls nights out! The last one was when we went to a ballet around Thanksgiving.
    And, I notice that you are in the White Mountains! That's where I'm from. Round Valley. Wow! Small world.