I was up until 12:45am finishing canning a batch of peach jam I started making late last night. Sunday was a crazed (but satifying) kitchen day of preserving, canning, and making a ridiculously complicated roast that I could have just popped in the crock pot.
In short, I don't know how "find time" to do the things I enjoy either. But sometimes I just do them anyways...even though I know I'll be up way too late... even though I know I'll feel like crap in the morning... who needs sleep anyways?
Does driving my kids to their hobbies qualify as a hobby itself? Because it seems like that is what I do with most of my free time.
I used to really love scrapbooking but I never have time for that. I do try to write at least a page a week on this novel I think I might some day finish. But it's really hard to squeeze it in with kids. The only hobby that gets done is cleaning. Not really a hobby but I like to say it is, since then I'll actually accomplish one!
I have hobbies I can't keep up too... and guitar is one of them. I have several sitting right next to me and there are stretches of weeks where I am too busy to pick them up. I also play golf, just whenever. But my passion is hockey. Despite being busy, I make time to play hockey twice a week. When I started playing 10+ years ago I knew that if I stopped, it would be really hard to start again. Also, I'm not getting any younger and unlike guitar or golf, I won't be able to play hockey forever.
My wife and I realized early on that if we just tried to let our hobbies (scrapbooking for her, gaming and brewing for me) just happen, we'd never have time to do any of it. So, lame as it sounds, we actually schedule time during the week for our hobbies. I get Thursday nights, and the occasional Sunday afternoon to do what I want to do (no laundry, cleaning, etc.), while she'll do her thing on Wednesday nights. It doesn't always work, things frequently preempt our scheduled personal time, but in general the system works for us.
My husband and I talk about this all the time. He is having a hard time dealing with the fact that he cannot do all of his hobbies the way he would like now that we have a child. I keep trying to remind him that is one of the sacrifices. Plus, he has about a million hobbies and normal people can't keep up with them in the best of circumstances. He can't have running, chess, photography, wood-working, painting, guitar, etc., etc., etc. Pick a couple and do the best you can.
I have the blessing of quite a bit of free time now, but that won't last much longer, and I don't know how I'll fare or how much my hobbies (photography, incessant reading, music) will suffer.
My hobbies are also writing and guitar and I don't really find the time to do either, although I did pick up my Les Paul two or three times last week. I make the time for that lately because I have to: I committed to playing in a student showcase and my rendition of Lou Gramm's "Midnight Blue" is not quite top-notch yet.
I used to have a lot of hobbies. Scrapbooking, embroidery, medieval recreation, knitting and playing hockey being the big ones. Now, I make time for hockey because it's only a few hours a week and it means enough to me that I schedule around it. Knitting is the only other thing I still do, and sometimes I only get a few rows in a week, usually late at night while watching tv after work. I'm about to start paralegal school in my already limited free time, so we'll see how finding time goes come October...
My primary hobbies are cross-stitch (but very detailed, advanced patterns, not simplistic designs) and dancing but I seldom have time for either these days. I have been wanting to learn to play the cello for the past 2 years but I still need to save up for one. Hubby likes to paint miniatures (I want to try that too sometime). He is also into gaming on his PS3. We both enjoy strategy & adventure board games like Descent and Game of Thrones & we try & play at least once a week. Currently things aren't very balanced as he still gets time to game a few times a week, and goes out to board gaming meets every second week and I don't have any time to spend on my hobbies - when I do have 'free time' it is spent on either housework or studies. I am hoping once our son is a bit older I can start clawing back some time for myself.