Families, especially children, thrive on routine. Ever since my daughter was born, that is what we were constantly struggling to do: find some kind of routine. Bath routine, bedtime routine… then there is meal planning, work routine, endless laundry… etc. etc. etc.
I am however a person who THRIVES off of spontaneity. When friends tell me they are going on their first kid-free date in two years I am pretty sure my eyes physically pop out of my head. If we go more than a month without a date just the two of us I feel like I am losing my mind! I don’t like being cooped up, and sometimes this ‘routine’ does get to me.
On a day I was feeling especially bogged down by the ‘groundhog day’ feeling that routine gives me, I decided to come up with a list of simple things to do to add some fun to your plain-old evening at home.
Here is my brainstorm list. Please be sure to comment with your ideas you have to share too!!
Having a TV night on the couch? Pop popcorn and everyone snuggle up under a big blanket so it doesn’t feel like the same old mindless staring off into space.
For dinner, let the kids pick three random ingredients to make your meal out of, and do dinner “Chopped” style! Include one meat, vegetable, and grain.
Pick a theme and have a movie marathon! Star Wars and Harry Potter are our favorites.
Build a couch fort.
Have breakfast for dinner! French toast was always my favorite when we did this as a kid. This vanilla yogurt pancake recipe would be a win too!
If you have girls in the house, give each other main-pedis. My daughter is only two and she is so tickled when I paint her nails for her!
Skip dinner at home and head to the local drive-in burger joint. Seattle folks, you know I’m talking about a $1.75 cheeseburger at Dick’s Drive In.
Go for a sunset walk.
Make a quick and easy dessert to treat everyone (diced strawberries or mango over vanilla bean ice cream?).
Pull out a board game on a Tuesday night. No need to wait for the weekend to have fun.
Start a tradition you have to look forward to (Takeout on Thursdays? Family bingo night on Friday?).
Bake cookies together.
Go outside and play catch.
Hand make decorations for the next holiday coming up.
Face-time a friend or relative you the family doesn’t talk to enough.
Make your own pizza night! Make (or buy) pizza dough and a variety of toppings, and let each family member dress up a personal pizza just how they like!
Well… what do you think of my list friends? Does your family have any traditions that you would like to add?