If you know me at all, you know I’m am a stickler for our routine and schedule. I get a little antsy when we veer too far off course from it, because with three kids under 4, that’s just asking for chaos. As the girls are getting a little older, I like to think that I’m getting a little more lenient on this self-proclaimed policy, that I’m not quite as strict about it. You can only be ruled by the routine for so long before you need out. Some days beg to be different. That’s where family hooky days come in.
A family hooky day is when no one goes to work, and you have an adventure. You get out of the house, away from the ordinary. If you do it during the week (which I HIGHLY recommend), the crowds are much smaller, so it’s a little easier dealing with your little ones in public.
Last Friday it just so happened that Hubs didn’t have any clients to go visit for work, so we had a free day! There are a million things on our to-do lists that we probably needed to do, but instead we loaded up the kids into the car, and got away from it all.
First, we drove south to Louisiana to have lunch at one of my favorite restaurants: Whataburger! Yes, there are a ton of fast food burger places to eat at, and it’s not the healthiest food in the world. But I’m convinced that Whataburger cures homesickness. (If you grew up in Texas and moved away, you’ll understand that.)
The kids loved it! They had nothing but smiles and full mouths. It was the girls’ first time there, so I tried to document it with some photos. I wanted to take a picture of my burger, but it disappeared too fast (but it was soooooo delicious!). SweetPea was a little too busy looking around at everything, so she didn’t want to smile for the camera (unusual since she’s such a ham).
Then we hopped back in the car, and drove over to the next city for some much needed retail therapy. Nothing too crazy. I had to hit up a Michael’s craft store for a planner I was DYING to get my hands on (more about that one later). We went to a pet store to look at all the cute little animals, and our son decided we need a new puppy. Sorry kid, NOT gonna happen right now. Our house is full.
On the way home, I just felt so lucky. I’m married to an awesome man that played hooky to make me and the kids happy. And we have three amazing children who went the ENTIRE day with no tears, crying, screaming, fits, or tantrums (that’s a miracle right there!). Seriously, the whole day! I still can’t believe it. I’m pretty sure they used up an entire month’s worth of good behavior in a matter of hours. I’m okay with that; we had a great day!
Family hooky days are amazing. They don’t have to be anything over the top (unless that’s what you want), and they can be either planned or impulsive. But if you can, you have to do one. Some days you need to tell your to-do list to shove it. Some days you need to tell your routine “no thank you.” Break from the ordinary. Get out into the world.