The Playdate

We’ve been living in Upstate SC for about 8 years.  I spent the majority of that time wanting to move back to Charlotte to be closer to friends.  Then, Hubby got a job he loves, we bought a house, had RJ and I got a job I love.  The city has grown and honestly I don’t see us moving away anytime soon. *If we can get The Container Store and H&M, I’ll never have to leave!*  That means I have to actively work at cultivating friendships here.  Hubby is an introvert, he’s never been big on hanging out with the guys.  Me, on the other hand, crave chatting it up with friends, girls’ nights, shopping buddies, etc. The only thing I’m missing here is that girlfriend bond.  So, in an effort to save my sanity an add the final piece to the puzzle of truly loving our life here, I re-connected with a friend from college who lives in the area.  She has a son who is two days younger than RJ and the four of us had an early morning playdate Saturday.  I love that RJ will also gain friends his age.  Can you say “win-win”?!

We agreed to met at one of my favorite parks around 9am.  I got RJ up early, packed some snacks and toys and headed out.  We arrived first and RJ kept asking where his new friend was. *I’d told him he was going to play with a new friend.*  To be honest, the boys and a cute young lady, have met before, but I don’t think they would remember:



Saturday, a lot more grown up, they had a great time and got along well.  RJ kept saying how much he had fun with his new friend.  My friend said her son told his dad RJ was his friend and he’s cool!!  We have plans to take the guys out this Friday for some water fun downtown and a picnic.






Sometimes you have take your happiness into your own hands.  For me, that was a simple as a setting up a playdate.


  • Reply Kita July 22, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    I know that’s right. I love play dates my sons friends moms are so much older than me so I tend to drop off and pick up but if you have one that’s close in age and you have things in common I say go for it.

  • Reply Laila @OnlyLaila July 23, 2013 at 9:48 am

    Yes, I have become the queen of playdates. With BB being an only child, it helps him with his boredom and I get to connect with other moms. I’m also an introvert but I balance it with getting out and meeting new people.

    • Reply Jenni July 28, 2013 at 2:41 pm

      RJ is our only one, too. I’m looking forward to this giving him other options of playmates, besides us!

  • Reply Krissy July 24, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    awesome. Having a few good friends is really important

    • Reply Jenni July 28, 2013 at 2:38 pm

      It really is. I’m glad I sent out that text and got the ball rolling again.

  • Reply Quiana July 24, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    That last line is golden – we have to seek out the relationships we want to have as well as be the friend we want to have! As we get older finding and maintaining friendships can be a challenge but it’s well worth it. So happy for your budding friendship!

    • Reply Jenni July 28, 2013 at 2:37 pm

      I think we’ve gotten off to a good start. I really want this for RJ and need it personally, so I’m going to keep working on it.

  • Reply Nellie @ Brooklyn Active Mama July 24, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    I totally need to set up more play dates! I am terrible at it. Its good for both mommy and kiddies 🙂 Glad RJ had a great time!

    • Reply Jenni July 28, 2013 at 2:34 pm

      I think we’ve got a good group of moms and kids going. So far so good!

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