I’ve been trying to find some ways to spend more quality time with my boys as a family. On my husband’s days off we usually do Charlie’s favorite thing, get ice-cream and go to the park. The park is fun, but I would like to have a variety thing to do while daddy is home with us. I found some great ideas Charlie may enjoy doing as a family and especially on days when daddy can join us. Some of these could easily become family traditions for us. Charlie looks forward to spending time with daddy on his days off, so I know he will enjoy doing any of these just as long as daddy is there to play with him.
Go camping and let him pick out the snacks and games
Take him to his favorite restaurant then laser tag
Build a paper boat and let it sail in the pound
Go see a movie at the theater
Pajama party. Eat junk food and stay up late watching a movie in your jammies.
Find a local park or pond where you can go fishing.
After dark, head outside with binoculars and look at the stars
Have a water gun battle in the backyard.
Pack a picnic lunch and walk the trail at the park
Pick out his favorite toy or something to build and go home and play with it together
I received this swing and within an hour was able to get it hung up and ready to try out! It was super easy to hang already put together, which I loved. This swing fits Charlie perfectly. I was surprised at how well built it is and how thick the rope is. This is a fun swing for the kids and so safe. I don’t have to worry about them falling out because the bar is all the way around them. So no matter how crazy they get, they won’t fall off. Here is a preview of him in his first swing. Needless to say that smile says it all!
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We hung this swing a little lower than the normal swing so if they were to have an accident getting in and out of the swing they would have far to fall. Love the classic look of this swing and the many details. You won’t be disappointed!
Being a police officer my husband works a lot. Not only does he work his normal shift but he also works off-duty shifts. when it comes to his day off, we usually try to make the most off it and let Charlie pick what he wants to do for the day. Ivan is still young to pick but usually does whatever Charlie does. Today Charlie decided to go fishing with Ivan and Tanner, his other fishing buddy! But first, there were a few things we had to get together before we headed out to fish.
Gather all our fishing gear
• Kid Fishing pole/fishing net
• Kids tackle box
Gather all items for kids!
• Cool clothes
• First aid kit
• Extra pair of clothes just in case someone jumps in the water.
• Coolers to keep drinks and snacks cool
Ivan’s birthday party turned out great! I was a little worried because I checked weather underground a few days before the party and it projected 50% chance of rain. I had already booked and paid for the location so we decided to wait until the day before to see what weather underground projected. Finally, it was the day before the party so I checked the weather again and it said there was a 20% chance of rain. That gave me a little relief knowing it might be a pretty day, I can deal with a little rain.
The day of the party turned out to be a beautiful day! It was a little windy but perfect weather for a party in the park. As soon as we arrived the kids helped unload the truck and ran off to play as we decorated for the party. The wind kept blowing our table covers away so we had to tape them but other than that it was all coming along great. After we got the table covers on we set out our food table and got the cheese and chili going for the hotdogs. Next, we set up a gift table and a fruit/cake table, while my husband was setting up the piñata. We finished setting up right on time! Normally we are ALWAYS running late and still setting up as out guest are arriving.
As everyone showed, up we let them serve themselves first so the food wouldn’t get cold. All the kids were at the playground brought them over to join us to eat. That wasn’t too hard because they were thirsty so we just convinced them to eat while they were there. As expected, the kids ran off to play as soon as they were done eating. Once everyone was done eating we started playing a few games. We played tug a war and musical chairs, the kids so much fun playing those two games we played them several times. To save a little time we passed out the cake as the kids were playing the games.
After the games and cake, it was time for the piñata! The kids started lining up so they could have their turn in hitting the piñata. Ivan went first since it was his birthday, then the other kids went after him, starting with the youngest child at the party. we all had a great time watching the kids beating up the piñata. Troy was controlling the rope so when they were ready to hit he would lift it out of their reach. Overall, they all got some good hits in and went crazy when it finally broke.
Charlie and Ivan love to hang out with their cousin Tanner! Charlie always checks to see if Tanner is home by peaking out the window and checking if their car is in the driveway. As soon as Tanner gets home, they will run and give each other a hug, then off to their adventures they go. They can always find something to get into, rather it is on the playground, trampoline, driving their cars in the driveway or another thing they enjoy is fishing in the pond.When it comes to the pond we have a golden rule, NO VISITING THE POND UNLESS AN ADULT IS WITH YOU! We have stressed to them how dangerous the pond can be, but we can still have fun with it.
We recently purchased a small fishing net from Walmart for 1.99, and the boys have not put it down. Walmart has tons of inexpensive toys that keep our children entertained and most we can reuse. This net was one of those purchases that we can use over and over again and they will not get tired of it. When the boys find something they like, Charlie always makes sure to get three, one for himself, Ivan, and Tanner. Once we got home with our new fishing nets the boys ran to get Tanner and could not wait to try them out.
Very carefully the boys will walk to the bridge on the pond, and place their nets into the water. When the kids put sticks in the pond the minnows swim away but come back. So as we put our nets in, we knew the minnows were going to swim away, but would be back about 30 seconds to one minute later and we were able to catch them! This is something the boys LOVE to do whenever they go outside and it’s an awesome feeling to see the glow on their faces when they see what they have caught. They get to see minnows up close and sometimes we will even catch some tadpoles, this allows us to see the difference between them. This is also a great learning experience for them and will be talking about it for days to come
If you have any free time, you should grab a small net and see what you can catch with your little ones in a pond! But always be careful, watch your step and don’t forget to have fun!!!