Find Time for Family Time
Our lives are so crazy with so many things to do, to handle, to take care of, to check off the list. Sometimes, as parents, we get caught up in what HAS to be done and we lose sight of what NEEDS to be done. Family time is one of the most important things that we can give our families; our children, our spouses and ourselves.
Every fall, we always do the normal family time stuff, like pumpkin patches and hay mazes and harvest parties and trick or treating. We also have a couple of other things that we do as a family that some people hear about and look at us like we’re crazy. For instance, we are HUGE Walking Dead Fans… really… the whole family. We actually do ‘Family Dead Night’ every week during the season. We pile up in the living room and bite our fingernails while we wait to see if one of our favorite characters gets the ax…literally and figuratively.
A New Family Affair
This year, because it’s what the kids wanted, we ended up combining two of our family favorite activities. The kids were begging for us to dress up with them this year for Halloween, which we don’t normally do. But, they were really begging. And since the season premier of The Walking Dead was just a couple of days prior to Halloween, we decided to go all out for both.
We planned a premier party for ‘Family Dead Night’ to include munchies like zombie guts, blood splattered brain cupcakes and zombie face pie. We all got completely dressed up. Logan was Rick Grimes, Mason was Negan, Kris and Paxton were zombies and I was Maggie. It took longer to get fixed up and get everything ready than it did to watch the show, but it was absolutely a wonderful use of Family Time. …and it was great practice for Halloween, because we just went the same way….but that time I got to be a zombie too!
As the mom of the family, I can tell you that I was completely worn out by the end of the night, with all the cooking and make up and getting everyone dressed up and then of course, the ‘photo shoot’! The whole thing was fully worthwhile, but I’d like to tell you what was the icing on the cake.
At the end of the evening, on his way to bed, Mason, my 8 year old, turned around and said, “Thank you Mom, this was a really great memory!” How awesome is that?
There are a lot of things that our families want, would like to have, would like to do; but the most important element in all of it is family time. Time spent goofing off for no reason. Time spent making those ‘really great memories’. There will always be time to fit in those necessary, mundane tasks of daily life, but the moments are short to be able to make those memories that mean so much. Those are the ones that are the most important. Don’t get so busy with life, that you lose sight of living.