Making Your Home a Haven: Plan a Family Fun Night {Week 2}

Making Your Home a Haven Fall Challenge

Life got a little bit busy last week, and I neglected to do the week 2 assignment in the Women Living Well challenge, so I’m catching up this week!

Courtney asked us to plan a family fun night so that we can build some comforting memories for our children.  She quotes J.R. Miller:

The richest heritage that parents can give is a happy childhood, with tender memories of father and mother. This will brighten the coming days when the children have gone out from the sheltering home, and will be a safeguard in times of temptation and a conscious help amid the stern realities of life.

I just love this quote! The memories of comforting meals, watching funny TV shows together, and holidays served to comfort me when I first went away to college, and as a newlywed, when I moved clear across the country, away from all my family.  I want to provide this type of comfort for my kiddos too 🙂

Family Game Night

My kids absolutely love playing games with mom and dad! Whenever we suggest getting a game out from the playroom, the kids rush down with excitement and bring back that day’s favorite. Daddy always makes the game so much fun, with all his funny voices and teasing. The kids can play games for hours, and even though most of the time I find the actual game pretty boring, I do love to see the expressions on their faces.

This past year I realized that we only had one board game, so I’m working on accumulating more games, usually as birthday or Christmas gifts. I’ve also found a couple at the thrift store or consignment sales. Here are my kids’ favorites (affiliate links):


The Sneaky Snacky Squirrel Gameblank


Hasbro Yahtzee Jr. – Toy Story 3 Gameblank


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Family Fun Night

This past weekend we had a whole day of family fun, not just one night 🙂 We took the kids to the farm and pumpkin patch for some fall fun, spending a good chunk of the day there. For dinner, we decided to eat pizza in front of the television (a huge treat in our house, because we always eat at the table) while watching a couple episodes of Inspector Gadget. It’s an old show, but my kids love it!

My daughter and I took turns “fixing” each other’s hair…I ended up with about 8 ponytails all over my head (sorry, no pictures!), and I braided her hair for her.

It’s great that something so simple as pizza in front of the TV can bring our children so many happy memories 🙂

What kind of fun things do you like to do with your family?  Are you enjoying this Making Your Home a Haven challenge?

**I hope you’ve enjoyed this Making Your Home a Haven challenge as much as I have. To see other posts in this series, head over to my Making Your Home a Haven page, where you will find my other posts from this year and previous years.

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4 thoughts on “Making Your Home a Haven: Plan a Family Fun Night {Week 2}”

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    We had some fun over the weekend with the kids. My husband got down the airplane he and his dad build years ago for our daughter. It usually hangs in the corner of the garage like it is flying. My son had a blast riding in it. Unfortunately the battery for it was dead so it didn’t have any lights or working propeller but he still had fun.

    My daughter has very fond memories of riding in it too.

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    Your family fun night/weekend sounds like so much…well…fun! And my little one LOVES that squirrel game! We are just starting to build our collection of board games as well. I’m eager to see if Munchie will enjoy something like Monopoly—something we can all enjoy a bit. We’re going to have a Family Game and Movie Night tomorrow. I’m looking forward to it! I’d like to see your hair done by your girlie, please. We expect pictures next week. 😉

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      My daughter played Monopoly at the gym for the first time a few weeks ago and now she wants it for Christmas.

      And no to the pictures of my hairdo! Lol!

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