Amid the madness, the craziness and the chaos of modern day life that we all get drawn into, is desire, a yearning, a need to remember who we really are and to slow down. As a busy working mummy, where week days run by military precision what I enjoy most about a weekend is enjoying life at a slower pace and wrapping myself up in our little family bubble. I love these days so much, cocooned in our little family bubble is the best place to be. This is why it is so necessary to have down time, or to visit a place where time goes by at nature’s pace, a place where you can unwind, a place where you can let your imagination roam free and most important to me, a place I can make memories with my family. Whether at home, a local park, a favourite city – somewhere you can relax.
Time spent together is worth every second. I love the days when it is just us. When life slows down, when the days are filled with blanket picnics, laughter, kisses, movie nights, winter walks and sometimes an adventure. When we enjoy the simple pleasures in life and if we’re lucky tea and cake. As our time together as a family is often so concentrated, squeezed into two days out of seven, I find myself feeling guilty when we have no plans. When the diary is empty I have been guilty of thinking it is indeed unthinkable that our days are not filled with big plans, days out, play dates and adventure.
Maybe it is because we only have one child, maybe it is not. Or maybe it is because I don’t like to feel like we are letting our boy down by not stretching his imagination and maybe it is because I like to explore. Yet when we found ourselves with a weekend with nothing in the calendar there was a silent but prominent sigh of relief. And so, as a family we all chose one thing that we wanted to do together and the rest we left to chance. Because when life throws you a free weekend you embrace it.
If like last weekend and like us you wake on a Sunday morning feeling spritely – dress the family up, pop on a cosy knit and head out on an early morning walk. Stomp around the ever so peaceful streets, watch as the world around you rises, hug a cup of coffee and enjoy the fresh air. Talk about all the little things you have loved lately, make big or little plans for the day ahead, the week ahead or even the year ahead. Make no plans. Be spontaneous. Stop for breakfast or just walk, walk and talk.
And if you are feeling playful – enjoy laughter and adventure, kick up the autumn leaves, play tag, sing a song, kick a ball, explore the woods, collect conkers, fungi and leaves. Or quite simply just hold each others hands and take a hop skip and a jump. That is my favourite – to hold hands, to chat, laugh and reconnect. As Winnie the pooh once said… Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.
Family time really is the best time. In the words of Julie Andrews, these are a few of my favourite things to do when I’m feeling at bit meh. When life gets in the way, when being an adult feels tough, when I need to let go and reconnect with the two people that mean so much to me. And if all else fails eat cake, drink tea and snuggle under a blanket.
What do you like to do as a family when you want to slow things down?