In my ‘Keeping Christmas Memories Alive’ blog I gave you a few ideas that our family were going to try in 2014 to keep the Christmas Spirit going. Now that February’s here and Christmas is a distant memory I thought I’d let you know how we got on in January, and some more ideas for family fun in February.
- Christmas card game
- Games night
- Winter walks
- Friends on Friday
- Deck the walls
Christmas card game
Got to admit, I never got round to doing this game – the Christmas cards got recycled before I had chance. But I’m sure birthday cards will work just as well, so it’s still on my list of things to do…
A huge success! On Saturday 25th we all had an easy tea together – lasagne, then settled down to some games. First up was ‘Kids Charades’, which my 7 year old, Jake, loved, but my 2 year old, Isla, didn’t quite get, until the card with a ballerina picture came up, and then she was pirouetting across the lounge! Once Isla was tucked up in bed it was on to the Lego Harry Potter game – which Jake won fair & square! And once Jake was in the land of nod it was time for some adult time with a game of ‘Thoughts & Crosses’, which my husband clearly cheated at as his score was double that of the other players! Overall it was a great night, and we can’t wait for the next one at the end of February.
We’ve always been big on walks, whatever the weather, and last weekend was no exception. Sunday saw the sun shining, so we set off for a local walking spot at 11am and didn’t get back to the car until 4pm! Admittedly we did have an impromptu stop for Sunday lunch in a pub, and a few rounds of Pooh sticks at various bridges that we crossed along the way, but we must have walked, scootered and biked about 5 miles and had great fun doing it.
Friends on Friday
This we have been good at – making sure we meet up with friends every weekend. What’s there not to enjoy?
Deck the Walls
It’s official, I love ‘Wall Art’! I could go a bit mad with it, but, as you can see, so far we’ve put up a 1m wide A380 aeroplane in Jake’s room and a saying above our fireplace, and I’m keen to get something girly for Isla’s room. The one above the fireplace was a bit fiddly – it took us an hour to put it up, but at least 10 minutes of that time was spent hunting around for the word ‘in’, which had slipped down behind the mantlepiece – duh! If you’re looking for an inexpensive way to brighten up your home in the winter months, then look no further. Or you could commission a Patch picture!
I think we’ve done pretty well, but how about you? Have you had a go at any of these and what have your experiences been?
Fun in February
It’s turned a bit cold here this week, so although we love the outdoors, even our family is snuggling by the fire under blankets a bit more than usual, so I thought I’d share some indoor activities with a Valentines theme in this blog:
- First up, for pre-schoolers, a heart wreath made from egg boxes and ribbon – looks great in the picture, but not sure how mine will look after my 2 year old has added her artistic flair – wait and see!
- Here’s a lovely idea for a window decoration heart.
- I love the sound of this microwave puffy paint – so much fun for only a few pence!
And finally…. pack them a fun, heart-filled lunch box for Valentine’s day itself.
I hope you enjoy having a go at a few of these activities. If you do, please post a comment to let me know how you get on. Or post some fun ideas of your own.
Until next time – hope you have a fun-filled February.