Posts Tagged ‘quality time’

08/31/09
Amy

(Living Love) Kicking off the season


The college football season officially kicks off this week. For many men, this is a much anticipated event.

Whether or not you also get into the game, dare to be a companion for this season’s first event. Break out the burgers, chips, snacks, and drinks, and join your husband in front of the TV to cheer on his favorite team. Catch him by surprise and make an event of it. The important thing is to recognize what he loves and take part in it. The double-take that he will give you will be worth it.

08/21/09
Amy

(Family Activities) Mom & Dad’s Room


We spend a lot of time in our homes, mainly in the living areas, kitchen, bonus rooms, etc. These rooms are created to be common areas. Bedrooms are a more personal space. Conversations and interactions are naturally more intimate there.

Spend an hour or two one evening with the whole family in the master bedroom. Encourage the kids to bring a few books or small toys with them. Turn off the TV, put away the phones and spend a little bit of time just focusing on being together. You can read your own book, spend a little bit of time writing, chat with the kids or your spouse, brush the girls’ hair, play some card games, read to the kids or help them with homework. Whatever the activity, I think you will find that the mood of the family is just a little bit different when you change the setting.

Cozy up with your family tonight and simply enjoy being together.


Amy

(Family Activities) Mom & Dad’s Room


We spend a lot of time in our homes, mainly in the living areas, kitchen, bonus rooms, etc. These rooms are created to be common areas. Bedrooms are a more personal space. Conversations and interactions are naturally more intimate there.

Spend an hour or two one evening with the whole family in the master bedroom. Encourage the kids to bring a few books or small toys with them. Turn off the TV, put away the phones and spend a little bit of time just focusing on being together. You can read your own book, spend a little bit of time writing, chat with the kids or your spouse, brush the girls’ hair, play some card games, read to the kids or help them with homework. Whatever the activity, I think you will find that the mood of the family is just a little bit different when you change the setting.

Cozy up with your family tonight and simply enjoy being together.

08/13/09
Amy

(Living Love) Drive Time


Many of us begin our days with kissing our husband goodbye at the door as he leaves for work shouting a quick goodbye over the clamor of little voices while mopping spilled milk off the floor. And that’s okay.

Make arrangements one day this week, though, to send off your husband in a different way. Drive him to work yourself.

It might be earlier than you are typically ready to be out the door, but leave behind the makeup and let the kids stay in their pajamas. If time allows, you can even pick up some doughnuts or coffee on your way. This time just gives you a chance to truly begin your day together. It is a reminder that you are partners in life and when you share in the mundane tasks together, such as fighting morning rush hour traffic, life is better.

Plus, it can be empowering to start off your day with a reminder that you are loved.

05/30/09
Amy

(Date Ideas) Coffee and Cards


Grab a deck of cards or your favorite game and head to a local coffee shop. Spend a couple of easy hours at a bistro table sipping cappuccinos and playing round after round of Hearts or Phase 10. The easy recreation will keep the atmosphere light while the shared laughs and stories will facilitate a time of connecting.

*If you can’t get a babysitter that night and need to stay close to home, play outside on a patio table while sipping homemade drinks. A date-like atmosphere can easily be created by simply moving to outside of your normal routines.