But this past Sunday was all the goodness you would want in a week end. Or perhaps all the goodness you would want to start your new week off strong. As they say, a Sunday well spent brings a week of content.
My perfect weekend is a mix of on the go and relaxing time. It's spent with family and/or friends. You try something new, big or small, you get outdoors and you eat good food. If all of these little things align, it helps you to stay in the moment and that feeling of content right here & now is the cherry on top of a Sunday well spent!
That, is the draft post I started before another Sunday (almost two) rolled around again.
And that Sunday did not bring content, it brought a stomach flu! For both girls. With both vomiting and diarrhea. Right at the end of Matthew's days off. So, I was solo with sick kids for an (almost) week, thanks to daddy coming home a few days early. And thus, after a Sunday on the mend, this week is now off to a better start!
The trials from last week had me writing all kinds of parenting struggle stories to share, in my head. And maybe, just maybe, a couple silver lining thoughts, too. But as I fear I'm fighting sickness, now, mixed with lack of sleep catching up, my brain is mushy and I'm not quite sure which direction I want to write. I logged in though, so that I can at least type... something...
Have I lost you yet?
Sooo there's a Sunday coming up.
And these are my tips to a Sunday well spent. (Plus a recap of our fun from a couple weeks back.)
5 Tips for a Sunday Well Spent
I love living in Calgary because there is so much to see and do! On our Sunday well spent we went to Rosso Coffee Roasters to try their YYC Hot Chocolate Fest drink. This checked all kinds of boxes in the try something new category. New place, new drink, new festival participants ;) It was my first time at the Ramsay location, which is the original shop of the local coffee company. And it filled my curiosity cup (pun so intended) for trying something new. Not to mention I totally made the right choice to try their s'more hot chocolate creation, which was a dream caffeinated mix of cinnamon and marshmallow. So good.
Next we headed to Saint Patrick's Island Park. I had only been once, with the girls, since it re-opened in late Summer and it was Matthew's first time. This park could easily be my happy place. I love the contrast of nature in an urban setting. Sometimes the suburbs get to me. I want so bad to be right in the thick of the character of the city centre and this place just does it for me. It's still an escape of the big city but it's oh so close to the action. The pathways are beautiful and well planned. The playground is perfect for the little adventurer and encourages play in a natural setting. The girls had a blast climbing and going down the slides built in to the hillside. If it wasn't naptime, we could have stayed all day!
When you're busy trying new things and out in the great outdoors it's easy to unplug. As much as I love sharing what we're up to via social media, I equally love being too busy for it. The only reason I'll have my phone out is because it's my camera. And on this particular Sunday, my phone died while I was taking pictures in the park. Then, you're really unplugged. But when you're truly enjoying the moment, you should truly enjoy the moment. Social media will be right there where you left it when you decide to log in again.
Nothing makes the last three things even better than having my people right alongside me. As cheesy as it seems to type, that Sunday, I caught myself smiling as I looked around soaking up the moments in the sun having fun with my family. This was real quality time. This was us making memories. It's times like this that I want my children to look back on and equally enjoy and appreciate the little things that made days like this one special.
Nothing quite tops off a Sunday well spent other than a good ol' Jiggs Dinner. Jiggs is a newfie thing. For my family, cooked Sunday dinner was a special occasion thing. For Matthew's, it was a weekly occasion... and I love it that way! Back in the Fall we started cooking it more often after his parents brought us up a supply a salt meat during their visit in September. We've had one most Sunday's, when he's not working, since. It's a great excuse to invite some friends over, especially Newfoundlanders who truly appreciate a home cooked meal. And there's just the general comfort of home it gives, not to mention how good the house smells! So that was lovely ending to our Sunday.