As I am driving home last night after my daughter Paige’s softball game, a million and one things are running thru my mind. Yes, a million and one not just a million…hahahah. I’m thinking of how my family is going a hundred miles an hour in every direction and we have lost contact with each other. So much on the go that when we are together, everyone is fighting, fussing, arguing, and all I hear is …”Mom, you don’t do this for me, Mom why weren’t you there, Mom, Mom, Mom. We basically have ONE FREE NIGHT a week. Meaning, no sports, no activities,no events unless we get a spur of the moment invite somewhere. Yes, only one day a week. YIKES. HULT. PUT THE BREAKS ON! Time to regroup! Time to put the Whimsical back into my Family!

So, how do you purpose in doing this? I have been raised with the value, Family is the most important thing in life! And I don’t mean the sense of just me, my kids, and my husband. I mean the FAMILY UNIT~~~~

Here will be my proposal to my Family tonight…going forward we will make our only night that is “free” to be ours. All spur of the moments have to be declined so our family can survive this world. We will make a calendar since there are 7 of us!!!! Yes, with seven different people, everyone likes something different…Duh…LOL…We will to on a rotation basis with what we do each week on our Family Night. This will allow us to come back together as a family. Respect and Honor our differences, get to know one another again, and plain and simple, spend time together.

In the process of bringing your family back together, here are some ideas I recommend:

  1. Visit the zoo.
  2. Find out about your area’s community center and/or park activities.
  3. Wash the dog. (A neighbor’s dog if you don’t have one!)
  4. Have a family slumber party.
  5. Build a fort. (Use large appliance boxes outside, or pillows and sheets inside.)
  6. Get out the the family photo album.
  7. Research your family history
  8. Visit the Genealogical library.
  9. Play stickball.
  10. Play hopscotch.
  11. Play games
  12. Clean the house together. (Have a pick-up party.)
  13. Make up a play. Take it to a nursing home.
  14. Fly kites.
  15. Go on a family trip/historical excursion.
  16. Did it snow? Go sledding and make a snowman.
  17. Make a collage out of pictures from old magazines.
  18. Set up a lemonade stand on a warm day.
  19. Shoot hoops together. Play H.O.R.S.E.
  20. Draw pictures of members of your family.
  21. Make a family calendar
  22. Tell stories around a campfire. (Or at the barbecue?)
  23. Organize a game of capture the flag.
  24. Make miniature boats and float them in some water.
  25. Write letters to grandparents
  26. Play freeze-tag.
  27. Tell scary stories (With lights out.)
  28. Play broom ball.
  29. Go for a hike.
  30. Go for a bike ride together.
  31. Go get ice cream and walk around
  32. Learn to play the guitar together.
  33. Listen to classical music, lights off, lying on the floor, and take turns saying what it sounds like.
  34. Attend community concerts or listen to a local band.
  35. Organize a community clean-up.
  36. Visit the library.
  37. Go ice skating or roller skating/blading.
  38. Paint a picture, a mural, or a room.
  39. Learn how to use a compass.
  40. Plant a tree or some flowers.
  41. Learn the metric system.
  42. Learn sign language.
  43. Learn Morse code.
  44. Go swimming.
  45. Go bird watching.
  46. Walk the dog. (A neighbor’s dog if you don’t have one!)
  47. Visit the countryside.
  48. Visit the City. (Maybe on a bus?)
  49. Pick berries/fruit together.
  50. Bake cookies or bread.


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