Happy Fourth of July – almost! One of the things that always strikes me as interesting is how “free time” has totally changed since having kids — and long weekends in particular look very different, at least for me. When I was working crazy hours in Big Law, a long weekend used to mean that I would definitely get at least ONE day to myself (because I could work the other two days and still have one just for myself). If work wasn’t crazy I would often find time to sneak away for a 4- or 5-day vacation, or at least to hit at least one museum or make a major shopping trip (such as to the nearby outlet mall, or to spend several hours shopping on Fifth Avenue).
Now that I’m a parent, though, the equation has obviously changed — we want to spend as much time as possible with the boys, and I like to plan at least one big family breakfast for all of us. (This weekend I think I’ll try a new recipe for baked French toast — I’ll post it below if turns out to be any good!) We currently have no plans for BBQ/fireworks, but I suppose we have the option for both this weekend.
Readers, what will your long weekend look like? How do you spend your time now — and how has it changed from before you were a parent? (What do you miss the most about the old life, and enjoy the most about the new life?)