Thursday, August 23, 2007

The Family That Plays Together...

...stays together.

You hear this alot in my circles, and I happen to believe that it is true. I believe that spending recreation time together creates families that are tighter units. The only problem is that in our busy, over-scheduled lives, between work; school; scouting; swimming; soccer; church activities; civic responsibilities; household duties; yardwork; blogging, and everything else that comes with life in North America, we seem to have less and less time to spend together, just having fun.

We have so little time to just sit around and have fun, we are really protective of our time toether, especially when it comes to vacations. During Soccergirl's Spring Break, we go to Colonial Williamsburg (Va.), and haunt all of the historical sites in that area. We also go to the coastal Georgia beach/Disney World (where we are now) for two weeks each summer, because if we don't leave home, we stay right in our busy rut.

Since we live so close to Washington, DC, we love to schedule day trips to local historical sites, like the Smithsonian museums, the National Cathedral, and other places like that.

The most important part of our family fun is simply this: We spend a lot of time laughing together. We try to make things fun while we are together. No matter the activity, is is an opportunity to laugh, sing, and dance together... in public or at home.


super des said...

I love it. My family has never been that close. We did things all the time when I was younger like camping and road trips, but once I got to high school age (my sister had already moved out) we stopped. Now we are all spread across the country and I miss the togetherness.
Soccer Girl (and you) will remember these fondly.

the only daughter said...

When I was a child our family did not vacation, together or otherwise.

This was one of my top priorities when <I had children. While we haven't vacationed together much since their adult-hood, we do make a concerted effort to get together, to just chill.

I am overjoyed that you and your family are enjoying this vacation and all the times you spend together.


Brillig said...

What a fantastic way for SoccerGirl to grow up. Sounds absolutely wonderful.

The Thinking Black Man said...


You've got a great plan and I see you're executing it well!

Travelling and spending time together like that are the greatest things in the world!

Have a safe trip back... but don't rush - the job will sadly be here when you get back. : (

soccer mom in denial said...

"Dance dance
where ever you shall be
For I am the Lord of the Dance"
Said He
"And I'll lead you all
Where ever you may be
And I'll lead you all
In the dance," said He.

Your post reminded me of one of my favorite church songs. Thanks.

Desert Songbird said...


Janet said...

My family always plays cards together. Some people, my best friend for one, wouldn't call that family time because we are viciously sarcastic and competitive when we play. But for us that's all part of the fun. Sure I called my mother evil when she kicked my butt at gin rummy last weekend, but I wouldn't have missed it for anything.