Yesterday was Martin Luther King Jr. day and while all the public school kids had off, I made our kids do school because we're leaving at the end of the week to see grandparents (hurray!). Princess P was finishing her reading time when the doorbell rang. 3 of the neighborhood girls were on our porch asking if she could play and suddenly my house was full of little giggles. All 4 girls are very different, but they spent the afternoon making bracelets, playing restaurant and riding bikes. I made granola bars for the bunch and helped them assemble bracelets and let them take my order 5,000 times. And though they had fun, I realized how much I stink at encouraging friendships in my kids lives. I didn't want to be feeding 3 extra kids snacks and their impromptu party was invading my "quiet"/get chores done time. But I have to work on it, because I know how important it is to have friends. As I think about it, I guess I need to work on improving my friendships as well. There's things in life that are worth sacrificing time and energy and I need to make relationships more of a priority.