In today's busy, busy, busy world, where the 9-5 work day is now more like 9-9 with work still coming home with you I relish the one night a week my husband and I have set aside strictly for family time.
Many voices from the world in which we live tell us we should live at a frantic pace. There is always more to do and more to accomplish. Yet deep inside each of us is a need to have a place of refuge where peace and serenity prevail, a place where we can reset, regroup, and reenergize to prepare for future pressures.
The ideal place for that peace is within the walls of our own homes..."
-Richard G. Scott, Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
Being an active latter-day saint, family is in the top three of my most important things. I wish we could have more than one designated night, however, being married to a teacher the work always comes home. (lesson plans and grading never seem to end...until summer)
Our night is Tuesday. Every family night starts with scripture reading or spiritual thought before a fun activity.
I thought I would share some of my favorite family night activity ideas that we've done. Though many of these ideas can entertain children of varying ages, keep in mind my little man is almost 1.
We just finished building a fire pit in our backyard. Fall is right around the corner. I am ecstatic about the cool nights we can sit close to a warm fire, roasting marshmallows to create the perfect s'more. This activity will be shared between my husband and I AFTER little man goes to bed. Thank you, baby monitor!
Luckily, we purchased a home that is close to my husband's work. It is also close to Stone Mountain State Park. I am pretty confident we are no more than 15 minutes from the park entrance. WIN! We recently acquired a gently used baby carrier specific for hiking. My husband and I hit the trails with one of our fur babies and little man on our back for a morning filled with fresh air and breath-taking views. Our little man is on the verge of walking all by himself so the carrier may not be needed much longer but it's nice to have for the next one.
These can be in the comfort of your living room or created into an outdoor backyard event. I plan to have an outdoor movie night soon. I'll be sure to share the details when I do!
On movie night's I try to plan everything around the movie. From dinner and snacks, games, and little decorations. Just to make it that much more exciting and fun. A quick Pinterest search for 'Family Movie Night' will showcase an endless idea list for you.
PLAY BOARD/TABLE TOP GAMES
This was touched on in my previous post so I won't go into great detail again. Growing up as a child I remember fondly playing Scrabble and The Game of Life with my dad and sister. I don't think I ever won but the time shared and memories made will forever be imprinted on my mind. My husband and I play deck building games for a little friendly competition.
WATCH SUNRISE OR SUNSET TOGETHER
Catching a sunrise may never make it to the top of my husband's "favorites" list, however, I am a natural early riser (as is the rest of my family). My favorite part about family vacations to the beach were getting up super early to watch the sunrise over the ocean. The sky would morph into a beautiful canvas of perfectly blended blue, red, orange, and yellow.
Witnessing the Earth change front day to night or vice versa is a wonder to be admired. I cannot wait to share those wonders with my little man. (when he can sit still long enough to see it!)
MOVIES AT THE PARK
Nearly every city hosts some sort of summertime "movie at the park." The town of Wilkesboro has one on the 3rd Friday during the summer months (May-September). It's called Movies on Main. If any of my readers are local to the Wilkesboro area, you should definitely check it out. They are always free and family friendly. For our July date night "out" we saw Frozen (for the -inth time).
Everything I listed is either free or pretty dang close. I am a big believer in family fun not having to cost a lot of money. All the memories I have growing up were activities that cost next to nothing. It was the quality of time spent with my dad, not the quantity of dollars he spent on me or my sister. I hope you enjoy it and get inspired to have a family night of your own!
How do you spend time together as a family?