Despite my best intentions, I often find myself caught up in a frenzy of shopping and planning this time of year (you’ll notice I left off baking-yeah, I don’t go there). Many, many years ago an exboyfriend of mine crystalized this problem for me when he said with exasperation, “Maegen, life is not a Pepsi commercial.”
You’ll notice I said Ex.
I’ll admit he had a teensy, tiny point, but I’m very grateful to have a husband who plays along with my ideas, and helps me to realize when I’m being silly without being, well, let’s say-grinchy.
A couple years ago I insisted that we all stop at the teddy bear suite in Seattle. If you haven’t been, it’s an annual event at The Four Seasons downtown. A whole suite is full of teddy bears, and both it and the massive tree in the lobby make for some seriously cute photo ops if you can get your kids to go along with you. We were already up there to go to a museum exhibit on giant squid (not making this up), and I thought it wasn’t too much to ask of my boys to sit and be photographed amongst piles of darling teddy bears. Everywhere I looked there were little girls in these adorable holiday dresses preening and posing. And then there were my boys.
Turns out it was too much to ask.
Somewhere in the middle of this forced merriment, my dear husband said, “I’m sorry you didn’t get a little girl, honey, but this is just not working.” We went down the street for cocoa instead. Henry drank it in two gulps and laughed so hard some came out his nose. It was fantastic.
There are tons of special events coming up, beginning this weekend with the bridge lighting and Santa’s arrival in Sumner and the opening of Zoolights at Pt. Defiance. I’m determined to have all the best ones here, as always with an eye for what’s frugal and family friendly.
But before all the merriment begins, I hope you’ll enjoy Thanksgiving with your family and focus on the people who are at the heart of all the memories we try so hard to create.
Thank You, Sounds Fun Mom readers, for going along with me on this adventure!
If you’re just getting here today, scroll down for posts on homemade playdough, indoor play, snow adventures, and upcoming holiday events.