Hi there! How y'all doing? My name is Jamie and I blog over at Pure Joy. I am so thrilled that Jenn invited me to be part of this Yummy Mummy week! I hope you are all having a fantastic week and enjoyed a great Mother's Day!
I wanted to talk with you today about family activities! I have two small children (Naomi is 3.5 and Micah is 2) and we've got one cooking that is due in October! We're very excited for our family to grow! I am so blessed to be able to stay home with my kids. My daughter asks me every day "can we go someplace fun today"? And while more often than not the answer is "not today" there are many days that we do go someplace fun and enjoy making new memories. There are so many things that your city/town/neighborhood has to offer. A lot of times our "something fun" is just walking around the block. We talk along the way and pick up interesting sticks and rocks too.
Most cities offer free things once in a while and that is ALWAYS a great way to get to know your city. For example, in San Antonio the museum is free on Tuesdays. Thursday nights you can get into the Art Museum for free, just do a google search and you can find lots of free things to do in your community. Many restaurants offer free kids meals throughout the week too. Just go to kids eat 4 free to check out the free places in your community.
Most of the time we like to stay home and do things around the house. We play hide-n-seek a lot and the kids LOVE it. We play duck duck goose too and the best part is just running around. We love to wrestle and just be with each other. We also have movie nights, complete with popcorn or another special treat. We've started a Sunday night family tradition too. We make pizza and eat in the living room while watching America's Funniest Home videos. I remember doing this as a kid with my family and I can't wait for my kids to pass down this fun and silly tradition! It's good to have some routine but also great to shake things up every once in a while.
Money is tight every where right now so take advantage of the parks and libraries in your neighborhood too. Don't spend money renting movies, get them from the library. Most libraries also offer story times. Taking a walk, playing at the playground, doing a nature hunt, all are great ways to get exercise and build great memories! There are so many great things you can do that don't cost a dime...how about a picnic or flying kites, bike rides! I could go on and on and I'm sure you've already got some great ideas and family traditions that you do. I'd love to hear some of your ideas as well.
Being a mom is the best and hardest job in the world. I don't care what anyone says. You wear SOOO many hats all at the same time. I understand, I'm right in the midst of it. And even when your kids grow up and can help more with things and do things on their own, there are still lots of hats but many of them change.
One thing I just want to stress is that the family activities do not have to be elaborate or expensive, chances are the kids won't even realize what you've spent, if anything. It's like the birthday present for the little boy who wants to play with the box and not the toy inside. It's not the stuff, it's not the expensive trip, it's the TIME! The time you spend with your kids is the most important thing to them. While you're spending time with them you're telling them that you care. You're opening the doors of communication for when they get older and have real issues to deal with. So, whatever the family activity, just enjoy the time with your kids, big or small, and remember that they are only this age for one time in their life, enjoy every stage and age.
Now, I gotta go and enjoy my little ones before I blink and they're heading off to highschool!! I can't wait to meet you and hear your family stories!