It has been a year of “No.” No you can’t go there. No we can’t see them. No school. No sleepovers. No trips. No. No. No. So … inspired by the cute film on Netflix, “Yes Day,” with a few parameters, my husband and I decided that this spring break, though we wouldn’t be going on any trips or seeing friends, we would say YES to a “Yes Day” of our own.
We gave the kids a budget and told them, “No destruction to people or property … AND NO MORE PETS!” (We have 8 in case you didn’t know that fun fact about us – 1 hamster, 3 fish, 2 cats, and 2 dogs … you’re never lonely that’s for sure.) My takeaway is this – I am SO GRATEFUL FOR MY KIDS! They were so fantastic, stayed completely within budget, and even had mini-meetings throughout the day to discuss what might be the best options for time and money. So responsible.
Here is a list of what went down:
- Breakfast pick up from Chick-Fil-A (Matthew and I had to drive to three to find one open)
- Go to Walmart to buy Water Wars Ammunition!
- Have an all-out Water War in the yard (mom and dad had to pick up the 200 balloon pieces)
- Lunch at Noodles (Matthew and I had to drive to two to find one open … we don’t have good luck with food places or Google Maps)
- Go mini golfing (The sky rather opened and we got 100% drenched and proceeded to run the course instead of golf it … don’t worry … we hit every single number. We are not quitters.)
- Went to the mall (in our sopping wet clothes)
- Got hot, buttered pretzels (mom got a smoothie instead)
- Went to the toy store
- Got macaron cookies (white chocolate raspberry was the best)
- Kids played games while we picked up pizza
- Took a 9:30 drive to get ice cream before it closed at 10:00
- Watched two movies (Matthew and I fell asleep for both of them)
All in all, it was an amazing yes day. I think the most memorable part of it, for me, was just the freedom of not having any decisions to make. It was yes. Matthew and I started off with the stipulation that IF we said no, even accidentally, we’d owe them more money. It happened three times and I think they were almost rooting for our mistakes so the budget kept increasing! Ha ha! Delight.
So here’s to yes when you can, no when you have to, and lots and lots of smiles and memories in between.