Sunday Funday - Boston Moms Blog

Before I had kids, “Sunday Funday” wasn’t really a thing. Sure, my friends and I might get together to go shopping or get lunch, but the whole avocado-toast-on-a-sun-drenched-patio-in-some-trendy-neighborhood-while-you-drink-bottomless-mimosas thing didn’t come into play until well after my Sundays became filled with soccer games and meal-planning.

And I’ve gotta say… this kind of Sunday sounds Ah. Maze. Ing.

I want one. 

But I want one without my kids.

Now, don’t get me wrong — I love my kids. I love spending time with them, I love watching them excel at things they love, and I love making sure they are taken care of.  

But after weeks upon weeks of endless hours of soccer mom-ing, PTO-ing, personal chef-ing, and resident housekeeper-ing (on top of running a business), I just want that Sunday Funday I missed the boat on.  

I want to wake up late, throw a messy bun on top of my head, and venture out with my husband and maybe some friends for a day of shenanigans. 

I want to leisurely eat brunch while sipping a cocktail and having a conversation in which I’m able to say more than five words in a row before I get interrupted. 

I want to feel like I have nowhere to be and that the day is all mine. 

I want, like, a full-on vacation-mode Sunday Funday.

What about getting a babysitter, you ask? I’ve thought about this, and, sure, I could call up a sitter to watch the kids while we’re out. But I envision this day ending up like any “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” story.

Something like this:

If you take a mom to brunch, she’s going to need some avocado toast, which will need to be washed down with a mimosa. 

Once she’s had her mimosa (or three…), she’s going to want to chat. After she’s been chatting awhile, she’ll realize how long she’s been sitting and will need to walk around. 

She’ll meander leisurely through the streets of Boston and will feel thirsty, so she’ll want to go grab a drink at whatever hip craft cocktail bar/brewery/free trade coffee shop all the cool kids are going to. 

After a few cocktails, she’ll feel tired and will want to grab the Red Line home where she’ll Netflix and chill. She’ll realize she’s binge-watched half of the new season of “Orange is the New Black” and she’s quite hungry, so she’ll order sushi, which she will eat on the couch with a glass of wine.

She’ll watch another episode of OITNB and will feel exhausted, so she’ll grab a good book, turn down the sheets, hop into bed, and fall asleep before she reaches the end of page one.

You see? A babysitter cannot help me here. 

Plus, on any given Sunday my family has two or three youth sports games, a birthday party or three, and church. It can get crazy and stressful, but you know what?

In reality, I’d really miss them if they were gone. 

So, for now, I’ll keep this Sunday Funday fantasy just that. Because someday, in the not so distant future, I’ll get my Sundays back. And when I do, you better believe I’ll have my Sunday Funday… sans kids. 

Jacquelyn Eckmann
Jacquelyn (Jakki) is a Texas native who made the Greater Boston area her home several years ago. Jakki is the founder of Social Betty, a social media management and consulting agency, and runs the company with her husband, Chris. She loves the flexibility that being self-employed gives her, and truly appreciates that she is able to attend mid-day school events for her children, Caleb (11), and Kennedy (6). A lover of the written word, music, and makeup, Jakki enjoys a good book, concerts at small venues, and discount shopping. Though life is busy for her family (overcommitting to extracurricular activities regularly), Jakki and her husband make it a point to get to the city and enjoy a ride on the T, a craft beer, and dinner at Legal Harborside or Boston Burger Co.- both with the kids and without.