It's harder to carve out time for Lolly and Frostine. Every once in a while, one of them will have a play date that the other wasn't invited to and I get a couple of hours with one or the other. But it really isn't truly one-on-one time since we can't really shake Gloppy. But on the rare occasion that I am alone with one of the girls, it is truly heavenly. We have great conversations and I know they feel special and love having me all to themselves.
I haven't quite figured out a solution to this problem yet. We have a lot going on on weekends, soccer, swim lessons, b-day parties and some weddings coming up. I also hate to cut into any time that the kids get to spend with Mr. Mint on the weekends, because he doesn't see much of them during the week. I might try to make a "date" with each kid for a special breakfast or dinner out.
Do any of you struggle with this? Do you have something special that you do with each of your children?
Today while Gloppy was napping and Mr. Mint was glued to the sofa watching some sporting even or the other, I decided to take the girls with me to get pedicures. The nail salon I like to frequent has a "princess pedicure." They get to wear a crown, sip apple juice and soak their feet just like a real pedicure.
It was like getting a pedicure with my best girlfriends. We gave each other advice about which color to choose, we flipped through a magazine together (Highlights) and giggled about stinky boys. Lolly and Frostine loved it and couldn't wipe the smiles off their faces the whole time we were at the salon. So even though it wasn't alone time, it was girl time at it's best.
When we came home we joined Gloppy and Mr. Mint on the slip 'n slide to round out what turned out to be a lovely family day.
You can read about the other grown-up things I've been sharing with my kids today on Silicon Valley Moms Blog. Check it out.
*Trifecta of Motherhood = Starbucks, Trader Joe's and Target. I could also add Safeway or Whole Foods, but then it would be a fourfecta, or a fivefecta and that just doesn't sound as good.