Family Time

Posted by on June 27, 2011 in Day to Day | 6 comments

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Growing up, my family never took vacations or sat together for dinner. We  loved each other, it just wasn’t something we did and it left me in awe of people that had that kind of “family time”.

When I had a family of my own, my husband and I made a point of taking vacations and sitting together as a family for dinner. It’s always been our way of decompressing. At times, our sons will play off of each other and make me laugh so hard I can barely eat – and I love every minute of it.

Sometimes, like tonight, we catch up in snippets, each of us with things to do after dinner – but it still brings us together. Our eldest is a senior in college, our youngest a senior in high school. I know the dinners and vacations as a family will change when they get older and go out on their own and I hope that they each go on to create their own happy memories.

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I’d love to hear your stories – is your family life similar to how you grew up, drastically different, or somewhere in the middle? What’s your favorite family time?

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  1. Great post! Among other things, our family enjoys playing disc golf, which is good affordable fun!

  2. Hi Richard,

    Thanks for stopping by! You bring up a good point – there are a lot of fun, affordable or free ways to have fun as a family.

    I’m always curious about whether the people who regularly do things as a family grew up that way. In either case – keep having fun together!

  3. I’m with you, Richard. My family has always had dinner time to wind down and talk about our day. It made us close and kept us close!

  4. Hi Michael,

    Thanks for stopping by – yes, dinner time is one of my favorites. It’s the one time we can all sit down, take a breather and catch up. We have a backpacking trip coming up which I’m really looking forward to. A family that plays together….

  5. Great post…Family time with my two daughters is great. We do lots of stuff together including arts, crafts, outings to include Seaworld and Legoland 🙂 I think my time with my daughters is similar to how my parents raised me. I’m thankful for my upbringing and that I can do similar things with my daughters. It’s an experience that they will carry with them and one day create their own cherished memories.

  6. Thanks Noah,

    You weren’t far from me with a couple of those outings! I really do love seeing families spend time together, the memories that are created last a lifetime. It’s the one thing we’ll always have. Pictures of those times are the other thing I treasure. Those can bring back a smile in an instant. Keep doing what you’re doing. 🙂