Well, judging by the fact that I now have to go 20mph when driving through school zones, I'm guessing that summer is officially over.
So now that we're all juggling work, school and afterschool activities now, I'm going to suggest Five Fabulous Friday things you can do around your house.
No. 1) Spend a night in with the family. Whether you're playing board games or watching movies, hanging out and recharging for the weekend can be essential every now and then. Gather the kids and spouse and check out that family movie you've been wanting see (or at least the kids have) and lounge around in your pajamas. The work and school week is stressful enough, there is absolutely nothing wrong with spending a night in.
No. 2) Camp in your living room! Who wants to deal with the steamy August heat? Grab your kids' sleeping bags (and you're own if you're adventurous)! Camping out in the living room is great way to spend time with your family and get away from everyday distractions. And in camping fashion, there will be no television allowed! Tell scary stories and eat vegan beanies and weanies! And remember, you can always crash on the couch if you're worried about what sleeping on the floor will do to your back!
No. 3) Give your four-legged family member some love. Don't have one? Consider adopting if you're in the market for a furry friend or at least take the time to talk to your children about the responsibilities of living with an animal. Ask what animals your children like and if they're afraid of any. Many families bring a four-legged friend into the home before really talking with their children about what they actually want or feel they could be responsible for!
No. 4) Cook dinner together! Even our 15-month-old daughter helps us around the kitchen. Whether it's adding the veggies we just diced to a pot or helping place the toppings on our homemade pizzas, involving kids in the kitchen is a great way to bond as a family and an even better opportunity to talk about healthy eating habbits!
No. 5) Have a board game, Wii or activity night. My husband and I will turn the Nintendo Wii on every so often and get our daughter involved in some crazy game of jumping around and dancing with some video game. Or if you're old fashioned and your children have the attention span of more than a 15 month old, pull out a board game and play something fun. It teaches your children how to share, take turns and win and lose gracefully. Not to mention it's 100% free fun!
Now that's the kind of fun even a four-legged friend can get into!