Tradition….Tradition! If you didn’t start singing, just now, I’m not sure we are really friends. I’ve included the clip from Fiddler on the Roof just so you can get the song in your head and we can be buddies forever. (Skip to 1:48) Unexpected Traditions My oldest child recently came to me and said, “I hate to break it to… Read More
They're growing up so fast!
You have a lot of dreams and goals, but nothing is more important in your life than your family. Sometimes, it feels like we are hustling so hard to accomplish all we need to do that we forget to stop and just enjoy ourselves along the way.
My family has created habits of making memories that stand as mile markers in the mind.
Special occasions--even on ordinary days--that remind us of the joy we have together.
As homeschoolers, we are almost always in each other's presence, so it can be challenging to feel like "family time" is special. One way we do this is by creating special theme nights and celebrations around holidays, even silly ones like Groundhog Day!
Of course, the foundation of our family is our marriage. My husband and I have been through periods where we felt like roommates, present but disconnected. Life, busyness, exhaustion, even television can get in the way of maintaining a healthy marriage. We combat that slow decline with regular date nights. We plan weekly quite evenings at home where we just talk or play a board game, and monthly dates where we go all out (or stay in) with a special theme!
If you're around our family for very long, you'll soon learn that we go all out for birthday parties! It's not essential, of course, but we really have a good time with it! If your family loves themed parties, you'll enjoy seeing some of the creative ways we've celebrated our kids' birthdays. Fun Fact: With 4 kids, aged toddler to teen, I've thrown over 30 themed birthday parties!
I hope you find inspiration for your Family Fun times to create memories and grow your relationships.
I think of it as an insurance against my kids thinking all I ever did was work on the computer and teach them school. :)
“Date nights are so important for your marriage.” If you’ve been married longer than a minute, you have probably heard that slice of advice before. When the kids come along, you hear that date night prescription even more. Date nights for married couples ARE important. Dedicating time for the two of you can help you focus on each other when… Read More
There’s a scene in the movie Chocolat that mesmerizes me every time I watch it. Judy Dench’s character hobbles in to the chocolaterie and hoists herself up onto a stool. Vienne, the shop keeper, spins a disk of Mayan art and asks what the old woman sees. “I see a cranky old woman too tired to play games,” she growls…. Read More
I just realized January is nearly over and I haven’t watched Gone With the Wind yet. What does Gone With the Wind have to do with January? Well, nothing, really. It’s one of those traditions that I never intended, but after doing it for a few years, it seemed like an annual requirement. It’s just that this time of year is… Read More
Pumpkin… Cheesecake… Truffle… Balls Just let that sink in for a minute. Okay, maybe the word balls isn’t the most appetizing, but just focus on those other words. 🙂 Last year, I was invited to a Thirty-One and Jamberry Nails party at a friend’s house. This friend of mine is a dynamite baker and creator of all things delicious. When… Read More