On our January calendar is a day marked “Surprise!” Our children feign disdain, “I hate it when you write ‘surprise’! Why can’t you just tell us?!” but they know something fun is coming up.
We’re a sports-loving family, and the kids will go nuts when we show up at a big arena and the Harlem Globetrotters take the court! (I can’t wait!) I just need to figure out what to do with the littles while we’re there…
Quality family fun is so important, and takes a little effort to come by at times. During the years when we have an infant in the house, the stars have to align for us to even enjoy a meal together at our table. And long trips or vacations? Forgetaboutit. At least for now.
Even without a trek across the country, fun can be had, and with A Fresh Start in the new year, we’re recommitting to good times!
Short and Sweet
Family fun doesn’t have to be a stressful, planned out event. If it’s nice outside when the kids get home from school, sometimes we head out for a walk and some playing at the park. My big kids are especially thrilled if mom will drop the to-do list and put the baby down long enough to play a game of “horse” on the basketball court. They aren’t as excited when I win, of course.
Even in our rural area, there is fun to be had! Every year we mark our calendar for the county fair and a local rodeo. There’s Santa Day in December and special swimming/park days in the summer. We don’t have to travel far (or at all!) to find a good time, and local events cost very little.
Home Sweet Home
Who says you have to go anywhere or spend anything to have fun? Some of the best memories are made under your own roof! Build a fort, play a game, cook a meal together. Enjoy family movie night with popcorn and smoothies. Spend a lazy weekend morning reading books in your jammies. (Ok, fine. I don’t really know what a lazy weekend morning is right now, either.)
This year, recommit some time and resources to your own family. Have fun with it! You’ll be glad you did.
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Disclosure: The Harlem Globetrotters sent my family 4 tickets to their show in exchange for this post. It worked out beautifully, because I *almost* bought tickets last fall and decided we just couldn’t swing it. And now we can! Yay! Will I see any of you there?