What’s your idea of perfect family time? A day trip out? A family holiday? This weekend is my favourite type of family time – the kind where we don’t have anything planned. I honestly can’t remember the last time we had one of these.
Don’t get me wrong, I do love holidays and days out, but sometimes the military-style level of planning and preparation needed along with the public tantrums just doesn’t seem worth it some times.
One of the best things about this “nothing planned” weekend is that it is a Bank Holiday so we get Daddy for an extra day. Not working for two days means I get lots of time with the girls normally but now I have 3 days with some “Daddy support”, so I don’t have to do as much “Mummy multitasking”. Whilst he entertains the girls (or rather watches the GP with the girls sat playing with their toys) I can get food prepared or put a load of washing on. Exciting huh? Maybe not, but it is much more relaxing than trying to do all that and entertain/comfort the girls.
Weekends like this don’t have to be boring. Having nothing planned means impromptu trips to the park or meeting up with friends and family. Things that can be done if the girls are in the mood for it right then. Little errands that need to be done can turn into some quality mummy-daughter time. Going to DIY places with kitchens etc “on show” is Freyja’s idea of a treat.
I had a blissful family moment at breakfast on Sunday. All four of us sat down eating breakfast. Emily having finished hers had her eyes on ours and Freyja was making patterns with dry Cheerios on the table and then vacuuming them up off the table directly with her mouth. We were all sat down, eating. Together. No tears or tantrums. Just all being together as a family. It may sound boring but rewind 7 years when I was widowed, I never thought I would have the opportunity to have what I have now. So I take great pleasure in these mundane moments, when all four of us can be together. Just looking at my lovely little family and seeing how lucky I am.