Do you have rituals or traditions when it comes to your routine? We have tons when it comes to Holidays and events, but our biggest and “bestest” would be our Friday Family Fun Nights (FFFN). Every Friday when the kids get home from school, the backpacks are put up, clothes are changed into something comfortable and easy, and all work is set aside. This actually started during a deployment. I was trying to find little things for the kids to look forward to while Dad was away. These nights became once a week parties for us in our countdown to homecoming. 🙂
It started with special dinners. I enjoy cooking and eating healthy and the kids are great about trying new and interesting foods, but lets face it, they are kids and what is more special than pizza, chicken nuggets, or anything else you can eat with your fingers?? Oh, and lets not forget things that come on a stick! So, I would let them pick from a choice of two or three things and then I would get things for ice cream sundaes or root beer floats! YUM!
It became not only a night of treats, but a night of time together. We eat at the dinner table every night, but this night is different. We put on PJ’s, sit in the family room and watch a movie or show. This is more than a big deal to my kids. Food is never allowed anywhere but the kitchen, so every Friday feels like a sleep over.
Now our tradition has gone on for years and it’s evolved into game night, movie night, make your own pizza night, etc. The kids being 12 an 9 still look forward to it. And so do the Husband and I. Tonight we are having, “Dad’s Famous Cheeseburgers.” The name speaks for itself. The Husband is quite the cook and these burgers are no ordinary burger. We will turn the music up as we cook and I guarantee there will be dancing. We are going to watch “Wipe Out”, eat in our PJ’s and possibly take a night walk on the beach with flashlights. If there is one thing I would love to see our children continue, it’s the tradition of Friday Family Fun Night. 🙂
Do you have a scheduled night that is all about family?