When you're a mother with young kids, every day is different. And it's only different because that's the way you make it.
I'm guilty of packing our calendars with play dates, lunch dates, appointment's, etc. and it actually ends up with me getting a tad overwhelmed. If I feel this way, do my kids?!
Recently I started thinking about Summer and "WHAT IN THE WORLD ARE WE GOING TO DO?!" entered my mind. I started thinking about summer camp, weekend getaways, what kind of annual passes we have, and all other things moms think about when Summer starts peaking around the corner.
Then I thought, how about we just make a week of NOTHING! Doesn't that sound nice?Sometimes you have to wipe your calendar clean and keep it that way for a few days. It's good for both you and the kids. They don't need constant zoo trips, lunch dates to eat french fries, or pool days. Those are all super fun but it's easy to get burnt out.
When I don't have anything on the calendar for a day and someone asks me what I'm doing, I quickly say "Nothing". As in "nothing, so don't ask me to do anything."
But am I really doing nothing? Days with "no plans" means I can do things that I need/want to get done.
10 Things You Can Do Without Plans
1. Get random hours of work done. To me, this means going to the office and entering data into Quickbooks and/or balancing bank accounts. If the girls are with me at the office they are either destroying the office, watching tv, or eating all the office snacks.
2. Clean up the house a little bit more. Pick up toys and put them in their designated toy binds, clean yogurt stains off the couch, and tiny hand prints off glass doors.
3. Do some laundry; get that load of laundry finally out of the dryer, hang up that pile of clothes over there, or put the clothes away in the correct drawers.
4. Actually make dinner, or cook a meal that doesn't consist of mac-n-cheese or something out of the crockpot (although always very tasty).
5. Sit down.
6. Snuggle, make funny faces, play airplane, and giggle on the floor.
7. Catch up on Scandal or other shows taking up all my DVR space while the girls "cook" me cupcakes and soup in their play kitchen.
8. Go outside and play in the backyard with the dogs. Blow bubbles or paint the porch with chalk.
9. Have a picnic in the backyard. Nothing formal. Just grab a towel, water, and pretzels and go sit in the backyard.
10. Pop popcorn and watch a movie. OR, clean out the fridge and pantry while the kids are mesmerized by a Disney classic. :)
All these might sound like plans, but this is all stuff you can do without making plans! Isn't it great?
What is your favorite thing to do when you don't have plans?