I have mentioned so many times how busy our family life is. Every day there is something on the calendar, and often multiple things. It could just be work, or school or something little like LP’s weekly swimming lessons.
But there are days where Dave is working and I’m at home with the children where we’ll go on a day out – go to see friends like Lauren and her gorgeous children or we’ll go to soft play, a National Trust place or we will just stay at home, catch up with anything that needs doing, run a few errands and relax.
But on the days where Dave and I are both at home – having taken time off work or the rare days where our time off falls at the same time – we go on big days out. These are the days that we save for our proper adventures.
Our family time is crammed full of proper days out, National Trust places further afield, theme parks and those days that you really want to do as a family, the ones where you want to make the memories together and then share those memories over the years that follow.
There are some days out that I wouldn’t do without Dave there to share them with me – Drayton Manor, as I know how much the children love it there and how nice it would be for Dave to share that with us. The same goes for pretty much any tourist attraction we visit for the first time and the real treat adventures that don’t happen very often – A Day Out with Thomas is a prime example of that. I also couldn’t imagine visiting Father Christmas without Dave there to experience it too.
So my solo time with the children is low key, doing things that need to be done, seeing lovely friends, having play dates and going on shorter days out that we have done countless times before.
But our family time is reserved for new experiences, bigger days out and making memories to share. Growing up we didn’t do much as a family, but then again we had every weekend together, both parents at home. For us, family time isn’t that regular and so we save our biggest adventures for when we can enjoy it together.