In my introductory post to this new guest series I mentioned that ‘Words About The Weekend’ is a chance to be a bit nosey about other bloggers and what they get up to on a Saturday and Sunday.
The questions deliberately focus on principles of mindfulness – self-care, being present, appreciation and gratitude.
Without further ado I’ll hand over to the twelfth blogger to take part in this series.
Hi – I’m Vicki. I live in North Wales with my husband, two children and our big fat white cat. I blog over at Tippy Tubbs which is a parenting and lifestyle blog that follows the daily chaos of our live. A big thank you to Hayley for letting me take over her blog to tell you all about what our weekends look like and what we get up to. So, let’s get started.
How do you usually kick the weekend off on a Friday night
Our Friday night is date night! As a blogger and freelance writer, most of my evenings are spent working as my working day only starts once are children are in bed. However, at least one night a week I log off and we put our mobile phones away and we just spend time connecting with each other.
As our children are so young (20 months and 3 years) we very rarely go out, but instead we will spend the evening doing something we both want to do. That could be watching a movie together, listening to music or maybe just talking. Whatever we decide to do, the idea is just to spend time focusing on each other as people as opposed to parents.
What do you usually do as a family at the weekend? Any regular activities?
We love to get outside as much as we can. Unfortunately, my husband works every other Saturday, so I will spend that day with the kids visiting friends or family. When he is home on a Saturday then it’s all about those jobs that need doing. DIY, gardening, organising: things you just can’t get done with a 2 child to 1 parent ratio. We do them with a twist though and involve the kids. So, if I’m in the garden, then the kids will be digging with me. If my husband is in the garage, then the kids have their own cars to fix while he’s working on his. You get the idea!
Sundays however are our family day where we try and get outside. Our favourite things to do include heading out for a long walk, visiting a National Trust property, visiting the zoo or – if the weather is bad – popping into our local leisure centre to go swimming. Whatever we do, Sundays are our time together as family of 4 having fun and building memories.
What does your partner, or another member of the family regularly do for you on the weekend that you are appreciative of?
Give me a lie in!
We always said we would rotate being able to stay in bed a little later at the weekend, but my husband is amazing at taking whichever child wakes first downstairs and leaving me in bed for that little bit longer until the second child wakes. It’s often only an extra 30 minutes if I’m lucky, but that time is precious. Something I appreciate it so much.
How do you fit moments of self-care into the weekend?
I’ll be honest and say with great difficulty. We get so little time together as a family of four, we want to spend as much of it together as possible. However, it is something that I’m working on and once the kids go to bed, I try and spend some of my evening doing the things I enjoy which are not related to work. Reading, knitting, sewing. Anything that Vicki the person enjoys rather than Vicki the mummy. However, as a freelance writer and blogger, most things end up as a blog post!
How do you make sure you slow down a little at the weekend? Or re-connect with the family if it’s been a busy week with lots of people doing lots of different things?
I love to get out my ‘big’ camera. Granted I will often use the material I capture on my blog or social accounts, but I love how being behind my lens really makes me slow down and savour the moment I’m looking at. Work in the week is a quicker pace, always with a reason behind it and always while juggling 101 other things. However, at the weekend we simply enjoy being outdoors. Whatever we do is at a slower pace that I simply adore. More natural and more ‘us’, I love to just hang back a little and watch it unfold in front of me.
And that’s it…thanks for reading! And thank you once again to Hayley for letting me take over her fabulous blog today.
If you’d like to take part in the guest series please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!