On Friday night the kids and I did something we haven’t done in a couple years:
We went to see the high school play.
Our first experience with the high school play was in 2014 when Number 3 and 4 were extras in the Sound of Music.
Here’s Number 4 with Captain von Trapp. 😂
Since then, we’ve gone to most of the high school plays.
But there hasn’t been a play for the last two years.
Luckily the stars were in alignment and we had no swim meets or anything this weekend, so we went to see this year’s production of Grease.
This is also the first time where all the kids really had the stamina to sit still for an entire production.
We had such a good time together.
I saw so many friends I hadn’t seen in person since 2019.
It was so nice to connect. In real life.
But mostly it was nice to spend time with the kids. We spend time together, but not often all at once. And not often just doing something for fun.
One of the things you don’t realize until they are already happening is how much more difficult it is to do things as a family once the kids get older.
Between sports and jobs and girlfriends and boyfriends and other activities and your kids being teenagers and wanting to hang with their friends and being divorced, it’s really a challenge to find times for the whole family to spend time together.
And it can be really hard to find things the whole family actually wants to do together.
Friday night was an unexpected treat, and as I get closer and closer to kids leaving the nest, I realize it’s something I want – and need – to continue to prioritize.