To answer those questions, let’s go back in time…
Thirteen years ago my life changed forever, I became a MOM!
I left the corporate world and entered a world I thought I was prepared for! I loved being a MOM! I loved staying home with my precious Baby, I loved spending EVERY moment with her! After a year of staying home (and I do mean staying at home), I was starting to feel lonely, I wanted to talk to someone other than my Baby and husband; I wanted a friend who knew what I was going through. I wanted to go somewhere with my Baby that was fun, safe, clean, and predictable.
With my Baby in arms, we ventured out and found Toddlin Time of Warrenton, a neat place that offered Mommy and me classes. We loved it, we looked forward to our routine of playing every week. I looked forward to socializing with other Moms. When my youngest was 2 we heard the sad, sad news; our weekly fun play place was going to close, unless someone wanted to buy it and keep it open. I had thought about it, I dreamed about it, I talked about it with family and friends, and decided with a Preschooler, and a 2 year old I just couldn’t take on running a business too.
Well life went on for my family… my kids continued to grow up and I fell into a teaching job at local preschool. I loved spending my mornings with my preschoolers. I loved watching them grow and learn new things. 8 years went by…and life continued on. My own children are growing up, as all children do. My oldest was in middle school and my youngest was in his last year of elementary school. I felt it was time for me to grow up too and get a “big girl” job again. I announced that I would finish out my year at the preschool and move on. During this time I was searching for jobs that I would want to do (after my year was up teaching). As the months went on I realized how unfulfilled I would feel not working with children. I would miss interacting with all the little people that had a special hold on my heart. My loving husband reminded me of a conversation we had almost 8 years ago, and offered his support if I wanted to make those dreams finally come true; open my own indoor play yard with an emphasis on fun educational classes for Moms and Little Ones.
“Really could I do this?” I love working with kids, I love working with their parents, but is that enough? I’ve never run a business, I’ve kept my family finances for years, but a business, “really?” If I built it would they come? When I mentioned my idea of opening Giggle N Friends, to one of my best friends (whom I met over 10 years ago at Toddlin Time) she told me “Honey, you’ve been talking about doing this for 10 years now! Now is the time to do something about it, or give up the idea!”
So I did it! I filed for my business license, I worked vigorously with the Town of Warrenton to obtain all the proper permits needed. I searched for the perfect location, and in my search this location found me. I enlisted my best friends to help me design the perfect fun safe beautiful play yard, and build an informative, gorgeous website. My family welcomed this new “baby” into our family. We have worked hard and I am so proud of how it all came together.
Since I opened, I have watched my dreams and visions come true. Strangers when they walked in the doors, now friends, who call each other to meet up to play. I have been told that their Little Ones start squealing with delight as they pull into our parking lot. One Little Friend, when she first visited was so shy, and reserved, now she prances around sharing balls with other Little Ones. I have heard parents say “…this is such a great place to play since it’s raining outside today.” I have heard one little girl (during a birthday party) say “This is the bestest birthday party I have ever been to!” My dreams have come true! Thank you!
I invite you to come play N learn with us during one of our many classes, or open play! Don’t forget we LOVE birthdays too, Let us help you celebrate that special day! I hope to see you soon!
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