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I recently hosted a bridal shower for the daughter of a good friend of mine. As part of the night's festivities, we had the guests take a card and write down a piece of advice for the bride-to-be. After considering several suggestions, I finally settled on what I thought were my most-important (and, of course, profound) words of wisdom. My card read that she and her new husband should always remember the importance of having fun together to build a lifetime of happy memories. I chose this nugget of advice because I wanted her to know that it's our memories of having fun and laughing that keep us going during life's rough spots.

Life gets so crazy and hectic, and our days are scheduled so tightly that sometimes simply letting loose and laughing has taken a "proverbial" back seat in the car pool of life. As Scottish writer Eileen Caddy says, "Live and work, but do not forget to play, to have fun in life, and really enjoy it." I couldn't agree more. In fact, as summer approaches and the sun shines down upon us, I have committed myself and my family to getting back to the basics: having fun and playing more often! After all, I need to practice what I preach and my family will benefit in the process.

One of the best ways of having fun is making connections with other local moms. Check out our Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) feature this month on page 17. The moms of Olive Knolls Church know how to have a good time and support each other with friendship. Also, their "Prayer Pail" craft is super cute and you can learn how to make it with step-by-step instructions!

Our May issue also gives a chance to celebrate the happiest thing of all:

BABIES! What's better than a cute, chubby, soft, snuggly, laughing baby? I say, "Not much!" This month, I wrote an article, "Fairy Tales, Shmairy Tales," on page 9, about some of the "realities" of being pregnant that I wish I knew before my baby bump. I talked to other moms and some local experts to debunk some myths and find out the reasons behind some others. Don't miss reading this one!

For a great, old-fashioned belly laugh, check out Tracie Grimes's monthly Humor at Home article, "It's All Greek to Me," on page 8. She writes about her son's newly acquired talent in linguistics. He has become an expert in speaking Pig Latin, to be precise. Like Tracie, I remember learning this foreign language as a child, and thinking my parents had no idea what I was saying, when in actuality, they had learned it themselves as children. After all, as the Muppets established, it is an "ancient tongue." And, it's pretty fun to speak too!

Brian Kantz's Newbie Dad article, "Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better," on page 18, deals with sibling rivalry at its best. He writes about recently taking his boys to see a high-school production of Irving Berlin's Annie Get Your Gun. They learned the theme song, "Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better," and took it to heart - literally. Just like learning to speak Pig Latin, the sibling one-upmanship is also a rite of passage. Brian remembers experiencing it with his siblings as he now watches his boys carry on the tradition. It's all in good fun!

As the Earth turns up the heat, and May gives us the chance to get out and get groovin', you can dance, laugh, play, swim, sing, or do whatever makes yourself and your family happy. Life is too short to not enjoy it! Here's my simple words of advice: Remember to simply have fun!!!

— Vaun Thygerson, KCFM Staff writer

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