When I first had Gus I was lucky enough to find a group of new moms all looking for friends too. The group came together in a couple of different ways and has changed a little over the years when people joined us or moved away (or moved back, like me!), but the experience of those first few years of motherhood with this specific group of women and kids is going to remain one of the most important experiences of friendship in my life.
We don't get together multiple times every week anymore, we don't even all get along together anymore! But we do make that effort to mark big occasions (like the second and third children most of us have had) and I think we all realize that whatever happens those years were so special and valuable.
Our kids too seem to always know they are with good friends when we get together. This week we held our annual Christmas Playgroup party and it was so relaxed and fun. We've done a whole bunch of different crafts with the kids at these parties, from full-on decorated gingerbread houses, to gingerbread cookies, to little stockings, and this year I bought 6" grapevine wreaths, snips of greenery from our Christmas tree and our rosemary bush (smelled heavenly), and all the little garlands, random decorations and ribbons, and glitter glue I could find and let the kids go to town.
Some of the finished wreaths:
I think Vivian here is a Christina Hendricks lookalike in this picture!
I love how working with the exact same supplies the kids all made totally different wreaths! Gus' wreath seems to me to be a pretty good reflection of his personality! Look at that face, he knows it's wacky.
After they'd finished with wreaths the festive decorating spirit had awoken and all on their own they decorated my friend's playscape:
I hope you too have great friends in your life. If you still have some ribbon or other decorations laying around how about tossing them to your kids and see what they do with them? The playscape ended up surprisingly beautiful.
oh, I almost forgot, we do a gift exchange/name draw thing and my friend Kathryn made me so happy!
What could it be?
A butter dish! The butter sits down in the bowl instead of sliding all over the plate. I am so thrilled.