Remember lazy weekends before kids? Those carefree days where nothing more than dust bunnies demanded attention, and you lounged around watching movies, reading, or catching up with friends on the phone. Not much got done. Even showers. You could have chips and salsa for lunch, or ice cream for dinner.
Well, we had a somewhat lazy day this weekend. With kids. And they sort of change a few things. Thankfully, it seems that everyone enjoys chilling in pajamas all day, although they did think we’d gone crazy when there were two movies in one weekend. We all had a great time playing a lot of board games, including the original version of Outburst! (which we quickly realized was seriously outdated when we came across the “Stereo Components” category).
Then they got hungry. And we didn’t have a lot of food around the house. We usually have lunch out one weekend day and that was “planned” for today. Thankfully we were good on breakfast. but our typical “snack lunch” looked pretty weak: almonds, carrots, grapes, cucumber, hummus, veggie chips. Healthy, yes, with lots of fruits and veggies, but maybe not so filling.
They pleaded for more snacks within an hour. As hard as I tried to convince them that they were just thirsty, and to drink some water and wait, it didn’t work.
Lesson learned: plan ahead. Being better prepared for a lazy day will help keep it lazy.
So, come clean, does your pantry or fridge start to look pretty bare or boring towards the end of your week? We include weekend meals in our weekly meal plans but often underestimate good snacks. Especially lazy-day-snacks.
Here’s a few ideas that I came up with to be better prepared for a lazy day…what would you add?
- Make sure our pantry stays full with good snacks – both healthy ones and some “munchies” like Kettle Chips, rice crackers, granola, or crackers.
- Keep a few ingredients always on hand for muffins, cookies or other treats. We seem to always be short one important item!
- Add a snack plan to our weekly meal plan. I think this will also help with lunch making during the week by having a good variety.
- Incorporate slow cooker meals for one weekend day – one less thing to even think about until it’s mealtime!
We’re also explaining to the kids what a lazy day means. You know, like that a meal doesn’t have to look like a meal, but that doesn’t mean we snack all day long. That we can wear pajamas out back to harvest potatoes, but not to school.
These days, more than ever, kids (and parents!) need those lazy days – free of activities, errands and “must do’s”. Looking back, I wish we would’ve headed out to jump in puddles or track down the biggest spider but I haven’t pulled out wet-weather gear for the season.
That would have taken planning.
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