Did you know that Sunday night and fun can go in the same sentence? I’ve got six easy ways to make it happen!
This is part of our 31 Things Every Working Mom Needs series. To read all the posts in order, visit the introduction post to see the outline for the whole series.
It’s amazing that when the week ends on Friday, one can have a feeling of excitement of what is to come during the weekend. Is it a sporting event, hiking, shopping, traveling, or just lounging?
Then, a couple of days later Sunday night dread sets in. What’s that? It’s dreading Sunday nights because you know that come Monday morning, you have to return to school or work.
How can you make the transition easier? Change your Sunday night routines.
1. Make it a pizza night.
What does a “night in” look like in our household? We love to order pizza, chicken wings, and breadsticks. We order a pepperoni pizza, a beef pizza, and barbecue wings.
We pile up on the living room couches, turn off all the lights, and bundle up in blankets, while enjoying a nice movie on the screen with full surround sound.
Jennie from The Diary of a Real Housewife has an amazing Taco French Bread Pizza recipe for you to try.
2. Watch football.
My son has played almost every sport: football (twice), baseball, soccer (three times), and basketball. Although I am NOT a football fan by any means, I do enjoy watching the Super Bowl with my family.
Football season is here which means Sunday afternoons are spent with friends and family and lot of yummy game day food! I’m so excited about Super Bowl weekend! These Bite Sized Potato Skins are definitely on my list.
3. Go on an afternoon date.
You guys know how I feel about date night. Every week, on Thursday night, my husband and I get out of the house and go somewhere alone for dinner. It might be fast food, it might be a nice steak restaurant. It’s important for us to spend time alone without the kids. We try not to talk about kids, bills, or household problems.
An afternoon date is probably cheaper than a dinner date. My friend Corinne from Wondermom Wannabe says that she spends every Sunday afternoon with her husband sans kids.
4. Have a weekly family meeting.
If your kids are in different sports and extra-curricular activities, you may need to host a weekly family meeting. That way transportation, practices, games, etc. are all planned out for the week and everyone is on the same page.
Each of us grabs our calendars and schedules and we sit down at the table as soon as we’ve cleaned up from dinner. Learn how this family runs their weekly family planning meeting.
5. Invite over friends and family.
We typically get together with our family during the summer holidays, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. But there’s no reason you can’t invite over friends and family just because.
Especially during sports seasons, it’s easy to have a potluck or take turns hosting dinner. You can enjoy the game on Sundays afternoons and keep meal prep really simple. One of my favorites that potluck friendly are these Meatball Subs.
6. Make a fresh start.
Do you dread Sunday nights because you know that come Monday morning, you have to return to school or work?
It’s amazing that when the week ends on Friday, one can have a feeling of excitement of what is to come during the weekend.
Then, on Sundays…not so much…you never want the day to end. How can you make the transition easier?
There is always so much to do, and so little time to slow down and just enjoy the day. It’s another new week and time for a fresh start. Have a Sit Down Sunday instead.
And if you missed, I already shared my favorite 8 Tips to Make Sunday Night More Fun.