They’re not always about great memories. I sat down early this morning to scrap my weekend and kept thinking “I can’t scrap the fact that my kid argued with me all weekend, that’s not fun”. But hey, that’s life! And that’s the thing I will remember most about this past weekend. Not the errands, not the restaurant we went to, not the movies we watched. What I will remember is the 36 hour stand-off with my 10-year-old, and the lesson he learned in the end.

The Weekend | Jan. 29-30

JOURNALING: Apparently it is because Nicholas spent all weekend arguing with me about it. Clean your room, play the game, that’s all the motivation he should need. Instead I spent way too much time explaining to him that cleaning his room is a responsibility, it’s not an unreasonable request. We’ve never had a stand-off go on this long over a simple chore and I’m not sure what the catalyst was for this one – just a simple test of boundaries or a new-found desire to drive his mom crazy? He wound up cleaning it at the 11 o’clock hour after Tom and I decided to play the game ourselves, not wanting to waste the rental fee. Then of course he was frustrated when he only got to play for a little while because he had dinner to eat and a bath to take. Maybe he should have cleaned it a little sooner? Hindsight is 20/20.

MATERIALS: Dialogue by Paislee Press & One Little Bird; Modern Dates by One Little Bird; Fonts are Pea Devon and Pea Kadee, www.kevinandamanda.com.

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.