We took a seriously long hike (well for a toddler) this morning. Saw a bald eagle. Took family pictures. Ate tomato soup for lunch. J took a nice long nap after carrying a pocket full of rocks the whole journey and D and I had some time to actually talk.
Main point of conversation was probably one that is carried out in various forms and ways around the world. "How do we make our weekends fun, memorable and not just errand running, chore doing, sports watching (this is actually me not D), 'where did the weekend go?". Now I don't have any illusions about being able to make every weekend something wonderful, but if we try for something fun every other Sunday say, shouldn't we achieve it most of the time? I'm willing to take the steps to make it happen.
First is making sure all errands are done during the week so that there isn't any last minute running around that ends up taking at least half the day. Second is to make sure all household chores (cleaning, laundry) is done during the week. Mondays have been my housekeeping days but I'm finding that by Friday the house is all crazy again. I'm thinking of switching to Friday so we start the weekend with a nice clean house. Easier to leave to go do something if I'm not leaving a mess behind....Third is to start teaching J to clean up after himself. He's going to have to do it when he goes to school so better to start training him now. Fourth is to come up with some ideas. Luckily we live in an area that is so chock full of fun, free (or inexpensive) things to do that we could easily go 52 weeks and not repeat anything exactly. D has a brain brimming with ideas and he's always finding new ones so we're lucky in that respect. Fifth, and this is the big one, I have to say "yes" instead of finding a reason not to go. It's my "yes" experiment. There are many adventures both small and large out there, I just have to leave the house to find them.