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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Favorite Family Past Time





This is day Three of the Two Weeks of Parenting Meme.
If you have missed any of it you can find all of the links in a
list below and don't miss out on the
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Monday April 22- Birth Stories
Tuesday- April 23- My top 5 Favorite Children's Products
Wednesday April 24- Favorite Family Past Time
Thursday April 25- Our family struggled
the most with our child/children when_____.
Friday April 26 - What I have learned Being a Parent.

Monday April 29- Chores through the Ages
Tuesday April 30- Story time What are your favorite picture books?
Wednesday May 1- Saving Memories
Thursday May 2- Character Training
Friday May 3 -Praying over your Children



What is your Families Favorite Past Time?

As a family our most favorite past time is spending time with each
other. There is nothing better. A family needs that time to grow stronger
together in faith and in love. Without that time your children won't have
the respect for you that you might be seeking. If they first don't feel
that love then they won't want to listen when you have something
important to say. It takes a lot of work and you have to be intentional
about it. That might sound like an odd thing to say about family fun
time but if you let it fall it will cause strife in your life. All
families need to come together to encourage one another and
build that strength to go out into the world again. It's the safe place
of all places. A time to fill  up with Joy and peace.

I remember many years ago when my oldest was in middle
school. She did not have the privilege of being homeschooled.
I really wish she had. At one point our relationship was beginning
to become distant and a struggle. I didn't want to be far from my
child in heart. I started making a point of trekking up to her
room every evening while she did whatever she was doing just to
talk to her. Just this one act began to change everything. Now that
daughter is all grown up and I have to trek farther down the road
in the car to get to her apartment. She is always busy and parking
there is difficult but I'll work on trekking again for the security it
provides to her and the relationship that we so value.

We do a lot of things together as a family. Sometimes the activities
change with the age of the children. Most of my children love to
craft and do artsy type things except for Princess. She's not an arts
and crafts sort of girl. I found that discussing important films and
clips was more her style. Finding that one thing can sometimes be
difficult but keep trying you'll find it.

Some of our favorite family past times are the old favorites
like family game night and old yard games. I also know I'll
have everyone captivated it if I get a new puzzle and lay it on
the table. But are all time favorite thing to do is go walking or hiking
at our local state park . Sometimes we go a bit farther away so we can
jump in the creek and cool off. We all love exploring the outdoors.
I love it because it gets us away from all the electronics. Most of
the time they don't work well in the mountains. (wink)

I think I love the mountains so much because it reminds me of
my own childhood. There were so many great memories associated with it.
That's what I want my kids to have.

I did a little digging and found three photos of Sweet pea
in the creek at Caledonia state park. I love how much she
changed and grew. Wow time sure does go so fast.


Sweet Peas first year exploring the water. She only
went in to her shoes and would run back out.

 



The next year she jumped right in and found a cup to
see what she could find.




Last year she was in her swimsuit so that she could swim and get
wet. Look at that face. Cutie.....

I'm sure when it warms up some more you will see some new pictures
of us in the Mountains.

If you enjoy spending time in the great outdoors remember that you can
enter free on certain days. Check out 2013 Free National Park Days .
Make sure you check the list to see if the park you are interested in visiting
is Participating.

April 22-26
National Park Week

  • January 21
    Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • April 22-26
    five days during National Park Week
  • August 25
    National Park Service Birthday
  • September 28
    National Public Lands Day
  • November 9-11
    Veterans Day weekend

  • What is your favorite family past time? Leave me a comment
    or share a link to your blog showing your favorite activity. It
    doesn't have to be a current post.


    Warm blessings,

    Nikki


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