I think it’s safe to assume that everyone else’s family day was MUCH more eventful than mine. (I need some moral support here because mine was truly…uneventful!)
The day didn’t start out that way however…
In the early morning I contemplated all the fun ways I could enjoy a Family Day play date with my kids…take them to one of those play gyms, (all closed)
play in the snow (forget it-too cold!), maybe take a stroll at the mall and check out the Family Day events (not happening-most of the events took place after lunch and both my kids nap in the afternoon…and NO, I did NOT want to skip nap time!).
Basically the “eventful” day I had in mind had suddenly turned into an uneventful one…my kids watched
way too much television while I sporadically relieved myself from kitchen duties to read them some books and play. And while I cooked (and cooked…and cook) they enjoyed some entertainment (Peppa Pig, of course)…
Don’t get me wrong…I DO feel some mommy guilt over this! I mean, how can one take advantage and get a day’s worth of tasks done while being Supermommy at the same time? I’m all about multi-tasking but it’s stressful trying to focus your energy on a million things at once!
Now, let’s talk about multi-tasking-the kind where you have 3 pots boiling on the stove, you’re baking muffins, talking on the phone, taking the dog out, and sporadically (about every 5 minutes or so) hopping over the gate separating the kitchen and the family room, to read a book to the kids, have a “tickle party” or do a few puzzles. (It’s a good thing my kids keep each other company!)
While I was slaving away in the kitchen making this RAW BLUEBERRY CHIA JAM…
and these BANANA CHAI MINI MUFFINS W/RAW AVOCADO FROSTING…
I found my kids doing this! *Sigh
The joy on their faces speaks a thousand words!! They are HAPPY, meaning they don’t need a play gym or a day out at the mall getting their faces painted to be happy…All they need is each other!
I joined in on the fun (took pictures, and recorded them playing) for a bit then it was time for a much-needed nap (for ALL of us!).
Once they woke up they were greeted with my culinary creations…and let me tell you, there were NO complaints about me spending too much time in the kitchen that morning!
My daughter had a parfait of chia jam mixed with Greek yogurt and crumbled biscotti…
While my son…well, devoured (for lack of a better word) his mini muffin!
After snack they spent some quality time with Dad while I took off to my TRX class to recharge for the rest of the evening!
I have to say, sometimes the motivated mom in me desperately wants to give Pinterest a run for its money and prove that all those time-consuming, crazy activities are well worth the effort put in and are just as fun for the kids. And other times, I feel unmotivated and, well, guilty! I WANT to do EVERYTHING with my kids, I want to be WITH them ALL the time…but how does one do it when they also have to clean, mark papers for school, prepare EVERY meal from scratch! If one can’t do it on Family Day then forget any ordinary day!
In retrospect, our uneventful day WAS eventful in its own way…and even though things didn’t go according to plan, I know my kids are happy-and that’s all that matters!
How did YOU spend Family Day? Was it as (un)eventful as mine?!