You know you would think this would never happen to me. Being bored at home. I have four kids ranging in ages from 12 to 2 so this house is never still. Actually it's a little bit of a mad house at times and I'm the main offender for never being still. There's always someone to clean up after, someone to take to ballet classes or kindergarten, food to cook, clothes to clean, more mess to clean up and, if I'm lucky, lots of sewing I want to get done.
But occasionally, just occasionally I do get a little bored. Now I'm at home A LOT. And I really mean most of the time. Having kids it's difficult to get out, and since my husband is either shearing or doing farm related things the majority of the time, it's not often that we do go out and do things. You know, things like go on picnics or go to the beach or the zoo or the movies. Being a large family these sorts of things can be very limiting too because WOW....it can get expensive. I'm actually planning on taking the kids to the movies this summer holidays and trust me, I'm starting to save my pennies now!!
So being quite a professional at the whole 'staying at home' thing I have quite a list of things to remedy the vague possibility of being bored, (when I'm not washing, cleaning, cooking, tidying up or tearing my hair out!)
I used to be an avid reader, you know, that nerdy kid with her nose always stuck in a book. I used to read with a torch under the bed clothes at night. THAT type of kid. I don't get as much time to read nowadays but I still can get lost in a good book and will often sit up in bed for hours reading, much to the amusement of my husband (who does not read). Books can be expensive so perhaps join your local library, although if you are anything like me I'm addicted to new books and I'm always adding to my collection. Something about the smell and feel of a new book. And the way the pages aren't creased and the cover is so glossy. Mmmm. I know. I'm weird.
Ok, before you think “Say what?! Isn't that housework?” Yes, it is. Technically. But have you really ever got stuck into all your random stuff and had a good clean out? Trust me. It's ridiculously therapeutic and highly recommended. You never know what you will find and it's especially good to do before Christmas, right before you introduce a whole swag of new toys into the house. I went through my boys things just the other day and managed to get rid of a WHOLE box of toys. Really. True story.
Ok, so we've established my love of sewing and how I'm slightly obsessed, but sewing, like any crafty hobby is a fabulous activity to have waiting in the wings if you are starting to get a little bored. I know I can lose myself for hours in bundles of fabric and metres of thread and it gives me some relief from the monotony that can sometimes be my everyday life. Plus there is nothing quite as satisfying as creating something. I can clean up all day after the kids but five minutes later there is a mess again. At the end of my day of sewing I actually have something to show for it and it's brilliant!
I've said before in previous posts that I'm not a huge fan of technology, particularly children and technology (!), but to me technology is a little like fast food. Everything in moderation. I'm not opposed to my son using his new Leap Pad, which I bought to help him learn, (so thumbs up for something educational) and I will while away an hour every now and then perusing Pinterest and my eldest is quite fond of the games on his iPod. I know a lot of people like to play online casino games which I think is alright too every now and then. Once again, everything in moderation.
Cooking and Baking
We all need to cook, whether it just be throwing something together for the evening meal or creating something magical. Baking isn't for everyone but I do happen to enjoy it and find it can relieve the boredom. With four kids I need to keep up a ready supply of snacks so “Cookie Robots” are something I bake often, (which are just chocolate chip cookies but my kids name them “Cookie Robots” because of the movie 'Despicable Me') and any time there are manky bananas (which is a fairly regular occurrence), I'll whip up a banana cake. Which reminds me....there's manky bananas waiting in the kitchen for me right now.....