Posts Tagged ‘family fun’

Family Fun

May 29, 2010

We had some serious Family Fun today: we opened a bakery together!

Family Fun Detour

May 15, 2010

We had planned all day to attend a Family Fun function and found out that it was not being held this evening after we were already on our way. So…we detoured to a very fun park for a couple hours of swinging and sliding. And sitting in bird droppings. And falling off of ladders. And getting goose eggs on noggins.

Okay, so it wasn’t purely FUN.

Oh, well.

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Family Fun in the Middle of the Week

April 27, 2010

Today we were blessed to be able to participate in a Pony Express class with other homeschoolers. We had a really fun time and learned quite a bit. The weather even cooperated.

It is nice to be able to leave for a day’s activities and know that I’ll come home to a fairly tidy and peaceful house!

Family Fun on a Monday Afternoon

April 19, 2010

This afternoon, Amelia, Clara, Jacob, Tim, Joey and I played our strings for a Senior Tea. It is always so. much. fun. to play music with my kids. I love picking out the program pieces and practicing. I love working together to get the dynamics adjusted. I love it when a piece sounds satisfyingly good — not perfect, just satisfyingly good.

Preparing to play involves planning, prioritizing and practicing. We have to accomplish the preparation bit by bit. We can’t put if off and cram it all in at the last minute.

Hmm…sounds a little like Flylady.

Family Fun on a Sunday Afternoon

April 18, 2010

I’m really grateful for the local movie theater and one of the local banks who combine forces regularly to sponsor free G-rated movies. Today, we saw “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel.” Yes, it was silly. But, Anne sat on my lap and belly-laughed. So, there was definitely a “fun” element for all of us.

Easter Family Fun

April 5, 2010

We were blessed with a lot of Family Fun this weekend. On Saturday, we got to participate in an adaptive Easter Egg Hunt for children with disabilities and their siblings. What fun! What a treat! There were crafts, dancing, inflated jumping-thingies (what are those called?), candy in plastic eggs that were easy to find and located indoors out of the cold wind, nice, nice people — what more could you ask for? The smiles on Charlotte’s and Anne’s faces, particularly, were priceless.

On Sunday, after church, the whole gang (as in, all in-laws, grown children, etc.) spent the afternoon picnicking and tossing a football around in the nearby state park — which we basically had to ourselves. When we are all together and enjoying each other’s company in such a relaxed, fun setting, I am extremely blessed. Yesterday goes down in my books as one of the best days of my life.

What does this have to do with Flylady? Well, Flylady has made me more aware of making — or taking — opportunities to intentionally have Family Fun. And I am blessed when we do!

Family Fun to the Max

March 21, 2010

We had some major Family Fun this weekend when Amelia and Stephen and Clara and Levi brought Leah and Christine over for supper and games. We played Apples to Apples while Amelia occupied the younger set with a couple of Eric Carle games. But the real hilarity began when we played the Picture Game that the kids and I had played a few weeks ago. This was the game we got out of Family Fun magazine where each player starts drawing a picture and then 30 seconds later passes it to the next player who has 30 seconds to add to it, etc., etc. With 12 players of all ages, we ended up with some very funny pictures, especially ones involving very creepy old ladies crossing the road behind an ice cream truck and Nacho Libre who seemed to grow larger with each passing artist.

After all of that laughter, I slept well last night!

Family Fun Odyssey

February 28, 2010

We have been reading various versions of Homer’s Odyssey, so for our Family Fun night, we had an Odyssey-themed meal. Our entree centered around hot dogs for a couple of reasons. First, we cut hot dogs into three pieces and then stuck four strands of uncooked spaghetti through each piece before boiling them. When they were done, they looked a little like Scylla. Well, if you used your imagination. (Btw, I got this idea out of Family Fun magazine, except they didn’t mention Scylla in the article.) We also had plain hot dogs to represent that Circe had turned the sailors into pigs. The side dish was Ambrosia, for all of the interference the “gods” had in Odysseus’ journey. We put a bit of blue food coloring in some Sprite to represent the ocean. And, finally, we had Cyclops cupcakes for dessert.

Afterward, we watched (an edited version of) “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” So funny. And fun.

Some Family Fun and Date Day

February 21, 2010

We are planning for a little more Family Fun today, but we did start off the weekend by playing two new family games on Friday evening. Both of the games came out of “Family Fun” magazine which is one of my absolute favorite magazines. The first game involved each person (even pre-readers!) starting with a blank sheet of paper and a colored marker. I set my Flylady timer for 30 seconds and each person began a drawing. When the timer went off — more quickly than we anticipated — each person passed his or her incomplete picture to the player on the left and we repeated the process, each player adding to the picture handed to him or her. Eight of us played so it took, obviously, four minutes to complete one round. I loved this game because almost everyone could participate (two-year-old Anne was content to play with toys while we were drawing) and the results were hilarious. We ended up playing three rounds and I was laughing until I cried by the time we quit. For some reason, many of our pictures ended up involving dog-walkers. Margaret’s drawing always started with a large face which was very fun (and funny) to embellish. Lydia’s ubiquitous little purple people were an especially big hit.

The second game we played was hide-and-seek. However, instead of hiding ourselves, we hid figurines representing ourselves. Let me tell you, being “It” was much harder than in a typical game of hide-and-seek. We limited the hiding places to within the living room area and even then, we had to give “hot” and “cold” clues to the finder. Tall Jacob hid his Polly Pocket (hand picked for him by Charlotte who also hid a Polly Pocket) so high that I had to reach around in a vain attempt to locate it. And Eleanor’s dainty cat figurine was challenging to spy. I have to add that my Tarzan figurine was a much more fit-looking hide-and-seek player than Tim’s Teletubbies guy.

Then, on Saturday, Joey and I had a Date DAY thanks to Amelia and Stephen’s willingness to take Jacob, Tim and Margaret to dog class while supervising the rest of the crew at home. I love, love, love having an adequate amount of uninterrupted time to talk through important subjects with Joey. I feel like we pushed a re-set button on our lives by taking a fresh look at our long-term family vision and how the bakery fits in. We talked out logistics for the immediate future and set some goals. We are both excited about the possibilities this bakery venture has to offer our family.

Hurrah! for Date Day! Hurrah! for Family Fun!

Family Fun + Date Night = Lots of Valentine-y Love

February 14, 2010

I have the most amazing children. Last night, Amelia and Stephen prepared a Valentine FEAST for Joey and me. The menu included Artichoke and Parmesan Crostini, Peppered Filet Mignon with Red Wine and Mushroom Sauce, Creamed Spinach, Roasted Tomatoes and the most delicious Bittersweet Chocolate Mousse. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. And every single last morsel was South Beach Diet-friendly. That was a beautiful display of love. In fact, just last weekend, I told Joey that what he and I really needed was someone to take us out for supper and talk about something other than our job situation. But, this was far better because we had a meal that no restaurant around here offers.

And what about the Family Fun component of the evening? Well, Clara and Levi, along with Amelia and Stephen, hosted all of the kids at their house for a Valentine’s Party, complete with pizza, crafts and a movie. It was great to know that they were having fun with their siblings while we were enjoying our delicious meal.

I am so grateful for Amelia and Stephen’s generosity and thoughtfulness in dreaming up and executing this meal. I’m thankful that Clara and Levi were willing partners in the overall scheme. What can I say? I have the most amazing children!