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C'est la Vie: Beauty Shoppe a la Zoe

I embraced my daughter's day-off of school today. I'll confess that when my work load feels like more than I can handle, a school-free day can send me reeling. My thoughts range from "what an inconvenience" to "how can I occupy the kids and still get work done." Pathetic.

Today I decided to make the most of the day and have some girl time. It actually feels a bit irresponsible, but I'm still hoping the rest of the week will find windows of opportunity for catching up. We went out for "coffee," did a little shopping, played games together, and topped off the day with "beauty shop." Now, if you have all boys, I pray this will never be a part of your day off with them. Seriously... that would be, let's just say... disturbing. But if you have girls, beauty shop is one of the best parts of being a mom.

You do her hair and make-up. She does your hair and make-up. If you are really brave, you take photos. I am not brave. You can safely assume there was entirely too much purple eye shadow, enough lipstick to make a clown jealous, and braided hair that would have Pippi orange with envy. In short, seven-year-old perfection.

So I find myself at the end of another long day. The sink is still full of dishes and the laundry I hoped to have finished is still piled on the floor. But I'm pleased with what I did do. And you'll hear me say it again and again: it's people that matter. Our kids will remember if we treated them like one more thing on our to-do list. They'll soon recognize that we think a clean kitchen is more important that reading (or fill in the blank) with them. Unless we decide to love more and worry less. With God all things are possible!

What are your favorite things to do with your kids? Do you have special traditions in your homes? Please share!

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