Weekends around here are usually pretty crazy. In fact, I have to plan for a day of rest on Tuesdays (our weekend is Sunday/Monday) because the kids need some unstructured down time to just be kids. Usually weekends are filled with some home fix-up project, especially of late with the reno going on, or a day long shopping trip. Or my husband and I alternately take up some project that we are working on that can only be done when the kids are busy with the other parent - quilting, painting, gardening, yard work.... My husband and I seldom have nothing on our 'honey-do' list - actually, I don't think I remember a time when it was empty. As soon as you purchase a house, the list seems to be endless. Sometimes by the end of the weekend, we are more tired than before it started.
This weekend roller coaster combined with some added pressure from work for my husband to do some schooling has left the kids feeling a bit family quality time deprived. As we value our children and our limited time together at each stage of their lives, we have decided to unplug one day a week. No TV, phones, internet, errands, projects - just us. Time spent as a family, doing family things. We recognize that this may not happen every week, but if we plan for it and make a valiant effort then hopefully it will become second nature. We will prep for our family time the night before, or the week before. Our goal will be to primarily spend this time outdoors, but in the region we live in weather is a factor. So, we will have to research various events going on in the area.
I can't wait. We still don't know when we will start, but the idea is in place. We have a few commitments to clear from the calendar. Unplugged. A new adventure.