Weekend’s coming: Get out and do something together

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The weekend is coming.  Do you have a list of things you want to get done?  We always seem to have a list of things that need taking care of, from yard work to clothes shopping for the kids.  But we also try to fit in some non “have to do” activities as a family.

I realized awhile ago that if we didn’t start planning that part of a Saturday we were going to spend some time together as a family then all of the sudden it was Sunday night and I was left wondering where exactly the weekend went.  Has anyone else experienced this?  Or maybe it is just that I want to get so much done in the weekends, I know Andrew would be shaking his head.  I am notorious for lists, long lists that I want to accomplish in one weekend.  I have come to my senses, for the most part and want to make sure we do something as a family as often as possible, and not just going out to eat, although that is a fun activity.

I don’t think the adventures need to be big or cost money.  In fact we have planned adventures that have been a big letdown and cost a good chunk of change. The reniassance festival was one of those things, we went over Labor day weekend.  Maybe it was the heat, I am not sure, but after about an hour, no one was having so much fun.

This past weekend we went to the library as a family.  Afterwards we decided to grab the dogs and go for a walk in a nearby park.  I love fall, the colors are amazing.

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We also decided to try to find a geocache in the park.

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2 miles later and some hunting and no luck.

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Yes the kids were bummed, but we promised we would try again.  We still all had a nice walk.

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Or ride as the case would be for Maddy, she walked most of the way there and a little on the way back.  Note: if you have a child who doesn’t walk for long stretches – bring a stroller if possible.  Or prepare to give a lift, I knew I would be carrying Maddy part of the way.

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I am not sure what this upcoming weekend will bring for us.  We may take a drive and explore a new place for the day.  A few other ideas I can think of:

  1. Visit an apple orchard
  2. Check out local attractions – our library offers free passes to certain places.
  3. zoo – we have a pass so it is free
  4. More exploring in different parks around our area.  Being outside is so nice this time of year.
  5. Going downtown – we have done this a couple times, sometimes just getting out of the suburbs to a different area of town is a fun change of pace.

I am sure there are plenty of other ideas, got any?  Throw them my way.

What will you do this weekend?

3 Responses to Weekend’s coming: Get out and do something together
  1. fortheloveofnaps-Sarah
    September 27, 2012 | 3:07 pm

    ooo! two days of posts. lovin’ it. Love this post. So so true. We are notorious (probably spelled wrong) for not doing anything all weekend. But it only occasionally bothers me that we aren’t a go out and do something kind of family. I have had the goal of an apple orchard for our family the last two weekends. Haven’t made it there. partly our issue is Syd’s napping. BUt I do TOTALLY agree with you that if you don’t make a plan you won’t get it in and I tell Ed all the time that he might enjoy us all a little more if we actually left the house and did something fun instead of him trying to get something done and us all getting in the way…does that make sense? Anyways, home is good. Adventures are good. Family time on weekends …GREAT! Enjoy the upcoming weekend. We have a weekend working dad this coming weekend. Oops…this isn’t an email this is supposed to be a quick comment :)

  2. Heather
    September 27, 2012 | 8:04 pm

    @fortheloveofnaps-Sarah – I meant to also say you don’t need to leave home to do something, even going out in the backyard and being together works. It doesn’t have to be something grandious, the library certainly isn’t. I find for us that going out gets us away from the distractions of house stuff.

    Completely know what you mean about when you said Ed trying to do stuff and you all getting in the way, yes projects take much longer when all are in the house.

    Apple orchard has been on the list as well, not sure it will happen this year, not everyone in my family is feeling it.

  3. Jessie
    September 27, 2012 | 8:12 pm

    I too am loving this weather and outside is a must. Soon we will be stuck inside and then we can clean and orgainize!

    I find we have just as much fun grabbing the basketball and playing a friendly game of horse as we do with activites that cost money.

    I am also loving this age, b/c I feel we are still “enough” for our kids. Soon they will be wanting friends all the time, but for now, they really want our attention.

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Weekend’s coming: Get out and do something together

 photo IMG_3552.jpg
The weekend is coming.  Do you have a list of things you want to get done?  We always seem to have a list of things that need taking care of, from yard work to clothes shopping for the kids.  But we also try to fit in some non “have to do” activities as a family.

I realized awhile ago that if we didn’t start planning that part of a Saturday we were going to spend some time together as a family then all of the sudden it was Sunday night and I was left wondering where exactly the weekend went.  Has anyone else experienced this?  Or maybe it is just that I want to get so much done in the weekends, I know Andrew would be shaking his head.  I am notorious for lists, long lists that I want to accomplish in one weekend.  I have come to my senses, for the most part and want to make sure we do something as a family as often as possible, and not just going out to eat, although that is a fun activity.

I don’t think the adventures need to be big or cost money.  In fact we have planned adventures that have been a big letdown and cost a good chunk of change. The reniassance festival was one of those things, we went over Labor day weekend.  Maybe it was the heat, I am not sure, but after about an hour, no one was having so much fun.

This past weekend we went to the library as a family.  Afterwards we decided to grab the dogs and go for a walk in a nearby park.  I love fall, the colors are amazing.

 photo IMG_3559.jpg

We also decided to try to find a geocache in the park.

 photo IMG_3561.jpg

2 miles later and some hunting and no luck.

 photo IMG_3565.jpg

Yes the kids were bummed, but we promised we would try again.  We still all had a nice walk.

 photo IMG_3573.jpg

Or ride as the case would be for Maddy, she walked most of the way there and a little on the way back.  Note: if you have a child who doesn’t walk for long stretches – bring a stroller if possible.  Or prepare to give a lift, I knew I would be carrying Maddy part of the way.

  photo IMG_3576.jpg

I am not sure what this upcoming weekend will bring for us.  We may take a drive and explore a new place for the day.  A few other ideas I can think of:

  1. Visit an apple orchard
  2. Check out local attractions – our library offers free passes to certain places.
  3. zoo – we have a pass so it is free
  4. More exploring in different parks around our area.  Being outside is so nice this time of year.
  5. Going downtown – we have done this a couple times, sometimes just getting out of the suburbs to a different area of town is a fun change of pace.

I am sure there are plenty of other ideas, got any?  Throw them my way.

What will you do this weekend?

3 Responses to Weekend’s coming: Get out and do something together
  1. fortheloveofnaps-Sarah
    September 27, 2012 | 3:07 pm

    ooo! two days of posts. lovin’ it. Love this post. So so true. We are notorious (probably spelled wrong) for not doing anything all weekend. But it only occasionally bothers me that we aren’t a go out and do something kind of family. I have had the goal of an apple orchard for our family the last two weekends. Haven’t made it there. partly our issue is Syd’s napping. BUt I do TOTALLY agree with you that if you don’t make a plan you won’t get it in and I tell Ed all the time that he might enjoy us all a little more if we actually left the house and did something fun instead of him trying to get something done and us all getting in the way…does that make sense? Anyways, home is good. Adventures are good. Family time on weekends …GREAT! Enjoy the upcoming weekend. We have a weekend working dad this coming weekend. Oops…this isn’t an email this is supposed to be a quick comment :)

  2. Heather
    September 27, 2012 | 8:04 pm

    @fortheloveofnaps-Sarah – I meant to also say you don’t need to leave home to do something, even going out in the backyard and being together works. It doesn’t have to be something grandious, the library certainly isn’t. I find for us that going out gets us away from the distractions of house stuff.

    Completely know what you mean about when you said Ed trying to do stuff and you all getting in the way, yes projects take much longer when all are in the house.

    Apple orchard has been on the list as well, not sure it will happen this year, not everyone in my family is feeling it.

  3. Jessie
    September 27, 2012 | 8:12 pm

    I too am loving this weather and outside is a must. Soon we will be stuck inside and then we can clean and orgainize!

    I find we have just as much fun grabbing the basketball and playing a friendly game of horse as we do with activites that cost money.

    I am also loving this age, b/c I feel we are still “enough” for our kids. Soon they will be wanting friends all the time, but for now, they really want our attention.

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