Sunday, May 6, 2012

Celebrating Cinco de Mayo with Subway and a big, bright super moon

As the kids get older and therefore busier, we're finding it harder and harder to find family activity time.  Oh, we have moments here and there.  We're usually all together on Sundays.  (Well, you between the various ward and stake choir rehearsals I'm encouraged to support and odds and end meetings, firesides and home teaching appointments.)  We're usually all together late on weeknights...but then family togetherness is usually all about doing homework at the same table.  It takes effort to carve out family time.  It takes sacrifice.

Yesterday we found a moment.  Rebekah willingly sacrificed her plans to go to The Avengers with friends so we hastily made plans for a picnic at the park.  Being Cinco de Mayo and all, I suggested tacos.  I was voted down in favor of Subway sandwiches.  But regardless, we spread out the blanket on the lawn and had our family dinner in the great outdoors.  Afterwards we had a big frisbee game that included all 6 of us.  And then, when we realized that other park-goers had left and we were the only ones still around, we took advantage of the empty playground to play tag on the equipment.  I'll tell you what, Bryan made a very formidable "IT."  I got quite a workout trying to scramble all over that playground in an attempt to keep away!

A little bit later that evening we hauled a bunch of sleeping bags out to the back lawn, snuggled down into them and let the sky, rather than the TV or computer, be our entertainment for the evening.  It was the night of the "Super Moon"....meaning that one day a year where the moon is the closest to the earth making for an especially bright and big ball of light.  It also coincided this year with a meteor shower from the tail of Haley's Comet.  So cuddled and cozy in our sleeping bags with the 43 degree cold air on our faces, we watched the heavens, sang silly songs and told equally silly stories until all 4 of the kids fell asleep around 11:00.  It was a fun evening.  I hope we can make the time for family activities again soon.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

How fun!!! Love spending time with family.