Archive for the ‘Family Fun Day’ Category

Top Ten Countdown: Number Six

August 25, 2010

On my Top Ten Things I’ve Learned in 365 Days with Flylady list, number six is:

It is important to intentionally plan for Family Fun.

Of all of the things I’ve learned this year, intentionally having Family Fun was one of the most inherently enjoyable. We went family fishing three times (oh, joy!), had campfires with hot dogs and s’mores, completed a pictorial alphabet scavenger hunt that we turned into a book, made Christmas cookies, played all kinds of new games (from picture pass to Pictureka to hide and seek with figurines to Quelf), went to several free movies, enjoyed special meals (Valentine’s Day, the Odyssey supper, Reformation Day), played special music together and went to a dinner theater, for starters.

The memories we made having Family Fun are so precious to me.

A Little Family Fun at the Movies

August 15, 2010

It’s been awhile since we had a planned time of Family Fun. So, I was glad that this weekend there was the free movie at the theater. We’ve enjoyed seeing these free movies and it definitely falls under Family Fun.

The movie today was Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief. Now, the other free movies we have seen have been rated G, are usually animated and are pretty much totally innocuous. Since this movie is a rather intense, live-action, PG-rated movie, I had to give it a little more thought than I usually do before piling everyone into the car and heading to town. The scale was tipped in the favor of going because we had heard a selection from a Percy Jackson book read aloud at our local summer reading program AND because I think Greek mythology is rather interesting.

The movie was pretty intense and definitely loud. But even Anne was following the storyline and actually cheered at the end. I personally thought it was fairly well done.

In addition to providing some Family Fun, the movie also provoked me thinking more about Greek mythology. I’m glad that Greek myths are just myths. I’m grateful to serve a living God, the ONE and only true God.

Even More 4-H and Flylady

July 22, 2010

More than ever before, I have been, consciously or, by now, subconsciously, incorporating Flylady’s techniques into areas of my life other than housekeeping. As you know, we have been whittling away at 4-H projects, a little bit each day, day by day. For the first time, really, I genuinely had the attitude of “do a little each day and do it today” rather than “these projects aren’t due for another week, so let’s wait until then.”

Last night was the night before clothing entry day. Clothing Entry Day Eve. On this day for the past 14 years, we have not gone to bed at an hour that resembles our usual bedtime. We used to laugh and say that we knew that all across our county, other mothers and their children (mostly daughters) were having this same sewing-at-the-last-minute bonding time. But, really, it was pretty stressful most of the time.

But, last night, we were entirely done with everything, including having the projects labeled (thanks, Jacob) and bagged by 9:30pm. Unbelievable. Unbelievably stress-free. Unbelievably peaceful.

Thanks, Flylady.

Family Fun For Eleanor’s Birthday

July 10, 2010

Even though I’m a grandmother, now, I still have eight kids at home who all need clean clothes and food, so…heigh, ho, back to reality. And back to re-booting the laundry. And swishing and swiping. I’d love to sit and stare at that sweet granddaughter for hours on end, but….

However, we managed to squeeze in some Family Fun today since it is Eleanor’s birthday. I love being able to have everyone over for a meal without a big fuss or a bunch of cleaning. Even if it is the day after I became a grandmother.

Family Fun on the Fourth

July 4, 2010

When we awoke this morning, it was really raining, so we opted not to attend the outdoor church service and subsequent Independence Day activities that we had originally planned to attend. Instead, we had a quiet day at home until Clara, Levi, Amelia and Stephen joined us for our traditional hot dog and watermelon feast. Then we all shuffled off to our traditional fireworks display. Have I ever mentioned how very, very much I LOVE having all of my kids around for activities like this? I thought so. Well, I do so very much love sitting on blankets with all of them, watching the fireworks explode and listening to Charlotte exclaim over and over in her five-year-old way, “Oh, that’s beautiful!”

Flylady Miscellany

July 3, 2010

First, we have almost finished de-cluttering the girls’ room. The only thing we have left to do is the sorting of the jewelry-making supplies, which was our initial motivating factor for de-cluttering. We really got rid of the trash in drawers and on shelves and it’s going to be a lot easier to maintain the area.

Second, I made a little effort to be more intentional about swishing and swiping the second floor bathroom AND the basement bathroom. At first, I wasn’t going to add the basement bathroom to the mix. But, then I thought about how many times a day I walk through that room to get to the laundry room and decided, Why not?

Third, we really had Family Fun Day yesterday instead of today which is why I was doing more cleaning on a Saturday. The kids had received Applebee’s coupons from the library’s summer reading program (we are actually participating in TWO libraries’ summer reading programs), so Clara and I took the six smaller folk out for their free lunches and then ran a few errands. One of the errands involved renting “The Spy Next Door” because Peter had wanted to see it and he had earned a free movie rental from Hastings. So, after supper, we all sat down and watched it together. I was actually laughing aloud at parts. Peter got the action and fighting that he wanted without any real blood or terror or anything. And I got the comedy that I like.

You know, after re-reading all of that post, I don’t wonder why I have absolutely no trouble sleeping every night!

The Family Fun Goes On and On

June 26, 2010

Today, we were treated (by invitation of the local-ish Make-A-Wish Foundation) to a special viewing of “Toy Story 3.” It was so much fun! All of us except for Amelia, Stephen, Clara, Levi (who were attending a wedding) and Tim (who was birding) got to go. The kids all got free popcorn and drinks during the movie, treat bags with “Toy Story 3” goodies and then a lunch after the movie.

I really appreciated the effort that went into this special treat. It was very much Family Fun. Thanks, Make-A-Wish folks!

Flylady and Birthday Parties

June 25, 2010

Tonight, we held Margaret’s birthday party. Including our family, there were 38 people here. And I had an out-of-town appointment and errands to run all day with seven of the kids (including, thankfully, Amelia, who helped drive all over creation). So, I didn’t even get home until an hour before the party.

Joey arrived home a few minutes before I did and began food preparation. Jacob also arrived literally moments before I did and began filling the water balloons for the Margaret-requested-water-fight-themed party. Stephen was also home and he brought stuff in from the car.

Did you notice that none of us had to do any last-minute house cleaning? Yea! for Flylady! I’ve had company three days in a row without any stress.

P.S. An interesting party statistic was that, out of the five families represented, there were 22 girls and only 7 boys (and that includes Stephen).

Father’s Day Family Fun

June 20, 2010

I guess the fabulous Family Fun that we’ve been having is just continuing through today since we had a wonderful time fishing after church. I love fishing. I love fishing with my children. I love fishing with their father.

Thanks for being a fun and fabulous father, dear!

How Many Family Fun Days Can We Have in One Week?

June 18, 2010

I am so grateful and blessed beyond measure to be able to experience the family fun we had this evening. Knowing we’d had a full day after a VERY full week, Stephen and Amelia invited ALL of us over for a cook-out. It was so fun to sit in their back yard and eat grilled chicken and fruit salad while watching a varying combination of my children playing badminton. Then, we tootled over to the park and I got to watch varying combinations of my children playing basketball and swinging (I think Lydia and Levi were almost swinging to the same height!).

Thank You, Lord, for impromptu Family Fun!