Family Night Inspiration

This post is mainly for the mommies in my readership. I read a lot of blogs and one that I follow mentioned that I should add another blog to my reader. Well, I did and then I found the real gem — his wife’s blog! Sorry, Los! ;o)

I look forward to her posts about Family Nights. They are a cool tradition that I think I will incorporate into our lives once we are all back together in Savannah. She is theming one night each week and enjoying a fun family tradition. I think once a week might wear me out. So, I am aiming for once a month to start.

Family time — meaningful, family time— seems to be a dying art and I believe that we owe it to our children and future generations to resurrect the family. I loved this idea and it really challenged me to start planning for family memories and special time together. Too often I am guilty of a laissez-faire attitude with family things. I take the path of least resistance too often and I want that to change. I grew up in a family that did not adopt that attitude toward family, and I am grateful for the experiences I had. They are among my fondest and most vivid memories.

I remember our road trips from one end of the nation to the other, whether changing bases or joining dad on training school trips. We would take the motorhome and stop at out-of-the-way places like the petrified forest, meteor crater, The Grand Canyon, and so much more. Even simple things like Air Shows on base became huge memories.

I remember living — REALLY living — in Italy. We thoroughly “wrung the goodie” out of the area we lived. I’ve been to Venice more times than I can count and enjoyed the Northern Lakes Region anytime I felt like it. Journeyed to Rome like a true Italian rather than a tourist and skied the Alps in more places than most folks. Don’t even get me started on Germany and the rest of Europe!!

We traveled EXTENSIVELY while I lived there and yet it never occurred to me that it took planning on my parent’s behalf for that to happen. I am grateful that my parents did not take the path of least resistance when they raised me, and I regret ever erring from that path. I look forward to regaining my foothold on family fun — even if it is in this small way to start!

Family Fun Challenge:

So, here is my challenge to you, my circle of friends and family. Grab your kiddos, get creative, and enjoy a night of family fun. But, wait, you’re not done yet! You have to take pictures to prove the night really happened and to commemorate your creativity. Then post them on your blog or Facebook and link it back here in the comments!

Ready … set … make some family memories!!!


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