Weekends are for playing together with family. Some weekends are busier than others but we always try to have that special time with our kids outdoors, come rain or shine. I think it’s so important to get kids outside and away from ipads and tvs. The fresh air is needed being cooped up in a classroom all week too. I haven’t been as good in the past if it’s really windy or rainy to get us outdoors but this year I am looking at things differently. It’s time we get out even if it is just for a few minutes to walk around the block. I notice a huge change in the kids attitudes and overall well being when they get outdoors.
Come weekends also comes visits from Granny. The kids adore her and love having her stay over. During the day we try to go to various parks and do fun things with Granny in tow. We are lucky enough to have several parks in our area that we frequent a lot. Granny likes to come with us to feed the ducks and watch the kids squeal over the swans and run through the woods together with us.
I think last year we did way too many days out and planned so much in our social diaries that the kids were exhausted and I was exhausted. While we made some amazing memories we weren’t cherishing our home time together because we were never home. We were constantly on the go. When the kids asked on a few occasions to just stay home in their sweats I realized they don’t need huge days out to make memories with us. We have done so well the last few months staying home and doing less but feeling like we are spending more quality time together, if that makes sense. We paint in the mornings and we ride our bikes in the afternoon and we have picnics on the carpet in the living room and build tents to watch movies at night. They love these kind of weekends more. I love them more. They don’t cost money or time traveling in the car somewhere. It’s fun at our finger tips.
We stroll through our park on our scooters or bikes to feed the ducks, get some exercise and fresh air and then go for a lovely walk together through the woods. It’s nice to have nature right near us as much as the big city. There is so much to do where we live that we haven’t even explored yet either. The kids love climbing trees and standing on top of a hill shouting, “I am the king/queen of the castle!” Those are the memories I want them to remember as much as I will remember. They run through the piled leaves kicking and laughing as they go along. I also love they aren’t afraid to get dirty or wet and keep on having fun in the midst of it. They love the outdoors.
I also think it’s healthier for them to fall in love with the outdoors more than video games and sitting inside all day. While I wish we had the weather for them that I did growing up so they could be swimming, hiking, and biking and exploring everyday, I am still trying to give them that outdoor life as best I can. I am putting more efforts to do more fun things outside with them even if it’s just drawing on the sidewalk with chalk outside our house or playing in our backyard.
It’s really taking a lot of stress and pressure off to try to plan out where we are going every weekend. It’s nice to be spontaneous and just not have plans for the weekend ahead. We lie in and we eat breakfast together and then we figure it out. It’s much calmer and relaxing. We already have very busy weekdays and weeknights. These moments of walking through the woods or feeding the ducks are calm and relaxing. Don’t get me wrong I love traveling with my children and I love days out with them too. I just think I was trying to do all these things every weekend. We were exhausted from our busy weeks and than exhausted from our busy weekends and we weren’t catching up on that chill out time together. This year, I am finding balance between the two and feeling lighter and a better parent for it too.
I am joining in with MummyDaddyMe for her #ordinarymoments linky. It’s such a great linky to remind us to stop and enjoy those every day lovely moments we have with our kids. It could be a simple walk through the woods like us or coloring a picture with your little one. Whatever you do together that is a moment you want to remember and cherish because we should cherish those little moments as much as the big moments in life.