I wish I could tell you I‘ve done a good job of protecting my families weekends. I have not. It seems the older my girls get, the more insane our schedule becomes. The weekends I used to cherish, look forward to, sometimes even live for and count on as a way to relax, reconnect and recharge are suddenly no more. Instead the days are filled with carpool, dance and cheer competitions and teenage chaos. Not that there is anything wrong with this, but it doesn’t leave you with that serene, dreamy, perfect Sunday morning sorta feeling.
So instead of stressing, trying to create the “perfect weekend” for my family which is clearly unobtainable right now, a new pact. Every weekend I will try and steal one perfect moment. Okay, a nearly perfect moment. I’m going to make my own sunshine, find my own joy and squeeze in that family time anywhere I can.
Here are ten ways to create your own joy on a crazy busy Sunday in the Suburbs:
*Enjoy a steaming up of coffee on the deck, with someone you love.
*Go to brunch with family or friends! (bacon is always a good idea)
*Steal an hour of alone time in the back yard with a book and a blanket.
*TV off, board games out! The classics of Clue and Scrabble never get old.
*Break out the bikes, and take a tour of the neighbourhood.
*Pack a picnic and head to the beach for a quick swim! Can’t get there until later in the day? Set up a bonfire and indulge in some s’mores.
*Declare a pyjama day! Tune out the real world and lounge around all day.
*Play tourist in your own town. Catch a local sporting event, visit a museum, or try your hand at geocaching.
*Create a family art project; pick up a concrete stepping stone kit, or paint a canvas together.
*Indulge your sweet tooth; get your bake on or make a run for ice cream!
I’m hoping these little moments will add up to that serene, dreamy Sunday morning feeling, and get us through to that next vacation! How do you make your own sunshine and squeeze every ounce of joy out of your weekends?