Tonight we had the first of what I hope will be a tradition of "Tuesday Family Night."
Tonight's theme: CAMPING!
(Inside the house. Not the same as beside a roaring river or serene lake, but still fun.)
We started off with hot dogs for dinner. Unfortunately, there was no way to jab them onto a stick and cook them over an open fire, but the kids have never cooked them that way and didn't know what they were missing.
Then it was time to go "fishing." Beside a beautiful "tree" (yes, as a matter of fact they did make a short tree out of my brown pants), Ryan and Dylan created a "stream", complete with gen-u-ine Arkansas River Rocks. Our stream was stocked with fish adorned with paperclips, and we went fishing with a magnet fishing pole. Frogs croaked loudly over the sound of rushing water. Courtesy of the nature sounds setting on my alarm clock.
Each fish had directions written on them. Jonathan's fish said "spin around 10 times", and it took the old man nearly 5 minutes to complete his task. My directions were "jump as high as you can," and I nearly threw my hip out. Little too much ooomph.
Then it was tent time! Ryan read us a book, while Dylan tried to get everyone to wrestle. Lauryn helped me tell the story of "Goldilocks and the Three Bears".
I know I look a little tired, but it's understandable given that I spent all day setting up a tent, gathering the wood for the fire, trekking through the woods to find the fishing stream....camping is hard work.
After tent time came S'mores! They were made in the microwave, and not by my preferred method of burning the marshmallow to a smoldering black crisp over a fire. Maybe next time.
Tonight was a squeal-inducing fun fest for a 6, 4, and 2 year old. I know I'll look back longingly on nights like this when they're 16, 14, and 12. Maybe by then we'll finally get around to taking them camping outdoors.
Thanks to WhittakerWoman for the inspiration to start a Family Night. Our theme for next week...will likely be whichever idea I decide to steal from her.
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You're being to hard on yourself. We've had a family night at least once a week for years now; it just usually involves eating out, watching a movie at home, or making something together like cookies.
What a great idea!! You're such a great mom :)
What fun.... yippee for the Cliff family nights!!!!
Love it. I am looking forward to doing a camping night. I have been saving it for winter! How fun. Love the fishing idea. H