A lot of times it can seem as though I’m so caught up in my own head that I don’t find the time to play anymore. I used to enjoy playing the occasional video game, but it seems like the only one I play anymore is Jewels on my Android. (Have you played it? It’s addicting.) We bought Nicholas his first laptop for Christmas last year and because he had shown some interest in the Sims games on his Nintendo DS and the Playstation, we installed Sims 3 on his laptop, not really sure if he’d enjoy the full PC version of the game, which is a bit more complex (and frustrating). In my younger days I wiled away MANY the hour on SimCity, SimTower, Sims, Sims2, etc etc. – and it would seem as though Nicholas is a chip off the old block in that regard.

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On Sunday afternoon I asked Tom for a copy of Sims 3 of my very own and found it very sobering that I had to keep asking Nicholas how to do things in the game. Here I thought I would be the one showing him the ropes, but there he was knowing way more about it. I played until my mouse hand was too cramped up to take it anymore – it’s puzzling to me how playing Sims 3 seems to use completely different muscles than sitting in my studio and designing for hours on end. How can that be?


JOURNALING: a lazy weekend playing Sims 3 side-by-side with my favorite 10 year old, and understanding why it’s his favorite game. ♥

MATERIALS: You Are Here by Paislee Press and Queen of Quirk; Font is Neutraface Slab by House Industries; Handwriting is mine

About This Project: A Year of Weekends is an ongoing album project that embodies my desire to stay grounded in the everyday unsung moments that make up the weekends of my life while also giving me a playground to express myself through design and storytelling – without any pressure to be poignant or a trendsetter. My goal is to always design these pages around products I already own or designed myself, which allows me to revisit some of my favorite kits and products and either use items for the first time or see previously used products in a whole new light. Sometimes the pages will be irreverent, other times they’ll be serious or emotional, but all of them are created in celebration of the extraordinarily ordinary moments that fill the 48 hours of each weekend.

Feel free to join in and post links to your own pages in the comments. Don’t worry about what products you use, all stories are welcome.