Monday, October 17, 2011

Rhythm In Our Home : Family Day

Saturday is our family day. Of course, every day is family day but this is the one day we set aside to spend time together - just the five of us. This day has become even more important and necessary for us ever since Kevin's job (and the need for him to use public transportation) took him away from us during the week. I see him late at night right before I go to bed usually, but our children, on the other hand, do not see him all week long as he leaves before they rise in the morning and arrived back home after they have gone to bed. So you see - the weekend is currently all we have as a complete family.

We used to tie in outside or gardening time on Saturdays, too but again - due to Kevin's work hours, we decided to keep it simple. It does seem that many of our family days are still spent outside in one way or another, though. We really enjoy exploring the forests around us or taking nature walks.

To accommodate the less than desirable Daddy work schedule, I try to make sure that our home is clean and all of my household chores are done on Friday - that way we aren't running around like crazy all weekend trying to finish things up. Plus, Kevin's job is very stressful and he is quite the clean freak (to put it nicely), so he can't relax if the house is a disaster (and let me tell you - it IS indeed a disaster the other five days of the week).

So with a clean house and a fresh start we begin our day with a big, warm family breakfast. All of us work together to make our big meal... well, minus Baby L who is either scooting on the floor or up on one of us, but you know what I mean. The cats are moved safely behind a closed door and the dogs come up to play with us as we prepare our meal (but no more pancakes for them!).

Once we all have full bellies we clean up and then either head out the door (if we are going out and about), or we all might curl up together in our big bed. Either way, we just fully take in and enjoy one another's company. What more could we ask for?!

Please remember - this is just our family rhythm and what works for us at the moment. This isn't meant to be hard and fast rules on how rhythm should go in every one or any one's homes. I just thought to share it because I receive quite a few e-mails asking about our home rhythm, and I also just wanted it documented for myself so that I may remember these times when they are older and/or on to another rhythm.

Thank you, again, for joining me in the rhythm fun! Here is the linky list. If you have a (new or old) link you would like to share about your family rhythm, please enter it below so that we all may see. Then please link back here in your post. I look forward to seeing your inspiration!
Thanks friends!

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