the gift of family time

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

I mentioned yesterday that this year I asked Mr. B for a different kind of birthday present. I requested that he take a day off work (while I'm off work, of course) and that we spend the day together as a family.

Sure, we have most weekends together but they're often filled with things we need to do like laundry, cleaning, grocery shopping etc.

I specifically wanted a bonus day, a day where we didn't vacuum or dust (as if that happens anyways) and a day that was devoted entirely to having fun (minus mini-me's 15mo needle - but she championed through that anyways).

I am very happy to report the day was everything I had hoped it would be.

AND, much to Mr. B's boss's future chagrin, I am hoping to make this a regular occurrence. It might not be a once a month thing,  but maybe at least every other month. It's worth his missed wages for the day (our bank account may later disagree with that statement but such is life).

Finally, after being back at work for 4 months I am realizing that I am not likely to ever feel that I'm rocking the working mom thing. I am not likely to feel like my baby girl and husband are getting the best of me and my time. SO, we are going to have to MAKE opportunities for extra time. Time outside of all the regular crap.

I'm making it official. Even if it's once every two or three months, we WILL have a bonus family day because we all had fun, we all work for it (I'm sure mini-me puts in her hard time at daycare) and our family is worth it.

Here's a picture recap of our day:


I challenge you all to see where you might be able to make time/opportunity for extra family time (or maybe you're already doing that and I'm just finally arriving to that party ;)

16 comments:

  1. This is a great idea! Family time is so important. You cannot go back to those years once they are grown. :)

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  2. This is such great idea as weekends are always full of errands, etc.! My kids are both in school now during the day and my husband and I just decided to spend a day together next month... we are going to go out to breakfast, outlet shopping for fall clothes and then to the winery!! Should be fun!

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    1. love that!!! wish my husband would go shopping!! that's like his worst nightmare

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  3. You will never regret taking this time with your family. Glad you had so much fun!

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    1. you couldn't be more right, every moment yesterday was perfect!

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  4. Family time is so important. Your bonus day is such a great idea!

    Jill
    dousedinpink.blogspot.com

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  5. Such a great idea. I do have to say I'm so thankful to be able to have someone doing some of the chores for me, so that on the weekends, I'm not doing all the catch up cleaning and laundry and I can focus 100% to my family. Yay for bonus days together! At least it's a long weekend coming up.

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    1. so maybe I just need a cleaning person?! lol

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  6. Huge fan of this...and wish that more families would sign up for this kind of time together ;)

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  7. I absolutely love this idea!!! I think we might have to start this tradition for my bday in October! Brilliant. Brilliant. Brilliant.

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    1. yes, you should! maybe everyone gets a bonus day on their birthday!!

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  8. So glad your BONUS family day was everything you hoped. I used to give my daughters something we called "skips"... skips from brushing teeth (very rarely), skips from making their beds, and the occasional skips from school where we would do something together (meaning I skipped work!) or they just got a day of R&R at home (once they were old enough to be home alone). Thank you for reminding me of some happy memories.

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    1. aww I love that and that I could remind you of those memories! I'm sure your kids cherish those memories too!

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