Aloha Friday Friend! I love Fridays so much. Mostly because its Alex’s day off and the beginning of our “weekend”! Abbie does her Friday school lessons mixed in with the other lessons and she ends up having the whole day off too. Shoutout to that homeschool life! Sometimes we spend it running errands or doing house chores, but lately, we’ve been spending it as a family. So I thought, why no share with you all my five favorite activities to do with the girls. Especially since quarantine makes us stay indoors and the state of Hawaii is still in lockdown.
I know, you’re probably thinking, seriously? But hear me out, this doesn’t happen everyday, but when we do play it, we literally spend hours playing together as a family (even Addison). We’ve done creative worlds where we each build our dream houses, we’ve played in survival where we have to mine and work for the things in our inventory, such as food and supplies. My personal favorite is the adventure worlds where we have to complete quests. I sound like such a nerd, but that’s okay, I’m embracing my nerdiness!
- Movie nights
Due to Abbie starting school, we no longer do movie nights on school nights because she has such a hard time waking up in the morning and be ready for school work when she stays up till 10:30-11 (I’m a cool mom ha😅). This also gives her something to look forward to when she has to go to bed at 8:30 on school nights. We’ve watched newer movies such as The Trolls World Tour or Scoob, but my absolute favorite is introducing the girls to movies I grew up on such as The Iron Giant or Pollyanna. Just takes me back in time.
- Board Games and Puzzles
On some of the busier Fridays, where we’re running errands or doing house chores, we plan for a Family fun day to start in the late afternoon. We have puzzles of all kinds, of all sizes and up to 750 in size. Addison does the bigger puzzles up to 100 pieces while Abbie does puzzles up to 300 piece count. We take many breaks in the middle because its easy for them to get bored. That’s when we pull out a board game such as Settlers of Catan for Juniors or Monopoly for Juniors.
- Painting and Crafts
I 100% believe that whoever invented play-doh and slime didn’t have little kids. Or maybe they did, but their kids were absolute angels who don’t even make a mess. Mine are not those kids, I might say they’re little angels, but we all know just how messy they can get. Addison once smeared a whole container of clear, sticky slime all over my couch; a week before family needed to come to visit.🤦🏼♀️ I used to think I was the perfect child — because I definitely remember being 3 and 7, you know — but then my sister shattered my perfect memory and told me I was a whiny little butt who made big messes and never cleaned up! Point of that whole paragraph is to say that we do not paint and do crafts every week. This is a once a month type of thing. We do mini crafts that the school wants Abbie to do throughout the week, but bigger crafts like slime or when we full-on paint, that’s a once in a while thing because let’s be real, I’m the one that has to clean it up.
- Beach or Public Parks
This activity we save for the times when we are able to go to the beach or on trails. At the moment we’re not able to visit public parks and beaches (unless you’re in the water at all times), but once those open up again, Friday mornings and afternoons are our beach days and then we come home and have movie nights where the girls crash on the couch before the movie is over! Definitely a win-win for Alex and me! 😉
And that my friend, are my top 5 favorite activities to do as a family!
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