Weekends are great, aren’t they? Days off of work to rest, recoup and recharge. But we all know that what really happens is that Weekends get just as busy as Weekdays. We fill our free time with chores, play dates, vacations, and activities in the name of memory making.
Well, in my house, Sunday is known as “Couch Day”. We try not to make plans, and we use the entire day to just lounge without guilt. It doesn’t always happen, but when it does it’s nice to know that we have given ourselves permission to just be. Do nothing but watch movies, cat nap on the couch, and nothing else.
For this session, I left the comfort of my couch to spend some time with Amy Hockert and her Family. They spent their Sunday being silly, laughing together, making super-yummy cookies and basically just having fun. It was the perfect recipe for making lasting family memories.
The thing I’ve learned about raising kids is; their favorite memories are usually from times when you spent no money, but spent the most time.
There are days where you will spend a ridiculous amount of money and do things that you are certain they will always remember. You break the budget to make memories that will last a lifetime. You buy the souvenirs, you let them pick out an extra treat, or you let them ride the ride just one more time. You will hear things like “That was the best!” or “Best day ever!” You’re sure that this will be top of the list for best childhood memories.
But as a Mom with teenage kids, I can guarantee you this. When they are older and you ask them about their childhood…they’ll remember the days where $0 were spent. The days when all you thought you were doing was hanging out. Spending Sunday on the couch watching movies, making cookies or reading books.
That’s when you realize what’s truly valuable. Your time. Your attention. A Sunday Family Day.