I am no longer looking for my happy. Instead I am trying to decide what the family can agree on as an activity for Tommy’s birthday. We live minutes from bowling, skating, movie theaters and every type of restaurant you can imagine. We live 30 minutes from mountains with beautiful settings and fun streams. I’ve suggested tubing, a picnic near a mountain stream, movies, a fishing pond and a thousand other things. Every suggestion is met with someone proposing a way to make it better for everyone else. I want everyone to be happy and have fun but this is making me crazy (ok, crazier than usual). Stop trying to fill the day with more stuff. Stop telling me new ideas. Stop trying to make it bigger and better. Tommy needs a calm, low-key activity that he doesn’t usually get to do. He wants his family there so he feels like he has a crowd. I love you all but argh!! It’s a good thing we don’t live in a big city with tons of options.