Hello and welcome to our monthly link up series, Not Just a Mom. My co-hosts are Adrienne, Dara, Jen, Joanne, and Lauren. If you have posted on this, please link up with us below.
Today’s topic is “Hobbies”. I think it is particularly important when you are a mom that you do have hobbies of your own (other than driving your kids around!) and so the title of our link of series is very relevant today. That said, I also think it’s nice to have hobbies that overlap with your kids’ and spouse’s interests as well. Family time and independent time are both important.
Reading - I have always been a reader since I could read, and started with my first chapter book, Charlotte’s Web, in Grade 1. I always have a book on the go, and although I do most of my reading on the subway to and from work, I do like to read at home too as I think it sets a good example for my kids. E (Grade 7) likes to read too and has made his way through some Harry Potter and other chapter books. Q (Grade 2) likes books but his reading skills need improvement before he’s ready for independent reading.
Blogging - I make no income from this blog so it is purely a recreational pass time for me. I like putting together these posts to keep our family and friends updated on our happenings, and to provide some commentary on various things every once in awhile. I also love reading others’ blogs and stay in touch with my “friends” in other parts of the world. I think of them as my pen pals.
Golf - This summer I golfed once or twice a week in a local ladies’ league. I also golfed a couple of times with Dave and once with E and Q. Dave is a big golfer and has been for years, and we are fostering the boys’ love of the game too. I golfed as a child as my family all golfed, but gave it up for a bit during high school. When I met Dave in university my early golf skills came in handy as I was easily able to join him on the course. As our kids get older, I’m glad this is something I’ll be able to do more often.
Skiing - This is another family activity that we all like to do. Dave and I did not grow up skiing on a regular basis other than going on a few school trips to our humble ski hills in Nova Scotia. But when we moved to Ontario we thought we better take up a winter hobby so we bought skis and started going a few times per year. We got our kids into as soon as we could and they are awesome skiers now. E did racing last year and they will both be doing it this year. We have done a couple of ski trips, and although I can’t really keep up with the kids now, they do kindly wait for me at the bottom of the hill.
Cooking - Although making meals is a necessity and not really a hobby, I sort of consider it to be one since I am interested in finding new recipes and I enjoy having people over for a meal. Both Dave and I like to cook and it is a skill we will be trying to pass along to our kids.
Exercising - Another thing that is sort of a necessity, but the workouts I do on Peloton are so fun to do that I consider it as more of a hobby. I love scrolling through the various workout choices to find one based on playlist, instructor, and area of the body I want to work, and when I’m actually doing the workout, I never face it with dread. I can only remember one or two times when I didn’t love it, once it was too easy, and once I didn’t care for the instructor (although the music was great).
Podcasts - I listen to a few different podcasts at home, driving, or when I’m walking around during my workday (getting lunch, walking to/from the subway). Some are for informative purposes only, some are funny, and some just fill the time.
Thanks for joining us today!