Yesterday I took the challenge from a friend to do something nice for someone that I love and expect nothing in return. My husband is out on Wednesday night so I decided to take on my 2 oldest children. I love those guys so much, but I'm afraid that sometimes since they are older and can take more care of themselves they get pushed on the back burner occasionally. I do not want them to feel like that. So my littlest one isn't feeling the greatest again, so she went to bed early and Jess and Gary and I had a hot cocoa date. ( That's what I decided to call it). I fixed up 3 glasses of hot cocoa and called them into the kitchen for our date. They looked at each other quite funny when I said it was date time,,, they had no idea what I was talking about. So they came in and sat down and had the biggest smiles on their faces, ( it was so cute), then I explained what a hot cocoa date was, (a special time for just them and me to sit and talk about whatever they want without interruption), they loved the idea. Then I went on to tell them how much I loved them and how important they were in my life. Then they went on and told me about their days at school and other little things, no major deep conversations, but it was so enjoyable, and I know they loved it. We sat and talked until we finished out cocoa, then went and got ready for bed. i asked them if they liked our "date" and they said yes, so we decided that this will be our new tradition. We vowed that at least once a week we will have our cocoa date and if it is needed more often all they have to do is let me know and I will always take a time out for them.
Thank you Andy for helping me start a new tradition!