A weekend at home

Marimekko tea pot teak retro mid-century modern dining table ZoeAtHome.com

My Mum came for a cup of tea

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:
Pappardelle with cream, mushrooms, peas and pancetta. Click here for a similar recipe.

Pappardelle with cream, mushrooms, peas and pancetta. Click here for a similar 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?

Retro magazine rack and mid century modern desk bureau ZoeAtHome.com

My mum brought a stack of interiors magazines around and I spent a few hours flipping through them.


3 thoughts on “A weekend at home

  1. Nice article! I love the jumping in puddles part! We had a weekend like that this weekend too. Since it rained, and since I had a crazy work week last week, we stayed home for the most part and just caught up. Skipped yoga class, skipped a bunch of other “should do” things too.

    However the kids and I got dressed up and went to a play on Saturday night at a local theatre company, which beat the heck out of typical “family fun” excursion, which as you point out is usually overpriced, noisy and stressful. The play was fun with talented performers, sword flghts and great costumes, and was very inexpensive. It felt like more meaningful and way to spend our time (“The Lion in Winter” was the play, so we learned something too), plus they served killer cookies at intermission– YAY. I highly recommend looking up your local theatre or dance companies for a great night out that won’t break the bank. Plus you get to mingle with some interesting artsy types šŸ™‚

    I also got to read a whole book on Sunday and cook soup and homemade pizza. I got to plan my budget for the next 40 years on excel, which is very very very fun (really) for a finance person like me.

  2. That pasta looks great. I’m getting hungry. And a question for Mrs. At Home. Are you going to try that new found thing called Relaxing again in the future?

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