Usually, our weekends are packed with activity: trips to the library, the park and friends’ houses. But recently, we’ve spent a few weekends at home. It was great! Time seemed to slow down for 48 hours. And we were all able to really relax.
Here are some of the fun things we did close to home:
- the kids jumped in puddles and got their clothes all muddy
- we walked around our neighbourhood looking at real estate signboards (a favourite hobby of mine)
- we watched the Diary of a Wimpy Kid movie together. (Have you read the books? They are so cute!)
- the kids dug a big hole in the garden
- we caught up on sleep and housework
- I invented a new pasta recipe:
It made me realise that it’s easy to feel like you have to do everything and see everything. But it’s nice to know that you can stay at home let the world pass you by for a little while too. A few years ago we decided to give up Saturday morning swimming lessons, and it was so liberating: we got our weekends back! Our oldest child never liked being dunked under the water anyway, and I think children need unstructured play time. We’ll have teach our kids to swim at the beach, which I’m sure we can do since my husband has his surf life-saving medallions. I’m hoping we can avoid organised sport for the next few years at least!
Now I know that events labelled “family fun” usually include some of the things I like the least: crowds, over-priced food, loudspeakers and queues. And I’m giving myself permission to say no to these things sometimes. Actually, some of the best events we’ve been to with the kids are ones held locally, because we get more involved in our community and we can just walk home when everyone has had enough.
So I’d love to hear from you:
What’s your ideal weekend?