Best Road Trip Tips (from a family of 7)

Best Road Trip Tips (from a family of 7)

Summer is here and that means it’s time to head out with the family on a few adventures. Whether you are driving thirty minutes to the beach or six hours for a family reunion you will probably be spending some time in the car. All that time cramped together in a tight space, breathing the same air, and no escape other than rest stops can put strains on even the greatest of family relationships. 

Both my husband and I moved away from our families to attend college and we never moved back. This means that the closest family we have is over three hours away. We have been taking road trips since before kids and have kept them up with each addition. The frequency has lessened a bit now that the older kids are in school, but we still make 3 to 6 hour one way drives at least three times each year. 

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Our simple summer schedule {+ family summer goals & summer bucket list}

Our simple summer schedule {+ family summer goals & summer bucket list}

I see the quote floating around all over the place right now about how we only have 18 summers with each of our kids. The days go so slowly sometimes (like when they won’t stop bickering) but man, do those years fly by. We only have nine left with our oldest and there is a good chance those last few will be shared with friends and summer jobs so we need to put the effort in now!

We aim to have a laid back summer in terms of daily life. We don’t sign up for activities other than Vacation Bible School (if our church offers it) and we only go on a few road trips. This means we are at home ALL THE TIME. Summer is our chance to be together without the interruptions that happen during the school year. No drop offs, no pick ups, no lunch packing or before or after school activities. Just together.

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Free Father's Day Printable “All About My Dad”

Free Father's Day Printable “All About My Dad”

Reading the interviews the kids fill out each year for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day is honestly one of my favorite parts of the day. It’s a fun look at life from their point of view and watching their ideas change (or stay the same) each year is also great.

I have learned over the years that different kids react to these interviews differently. Some of our kids have fun with these and can shout out the first answer that comes to their mind. Others want to get every question correct, not just put their opinion. It’s a little behind the scenes look at their personalities.

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The Best Family Games You Should Add to Your Collection

The Best Family Games You Should Add to Your Collection

Can I be perfectly honest? I'm not a big fan of playing games with little kids. Eek! Total bad mom moment? 

But seriously, trying to keep them from ripping all the pieces off the board or throwing the cards across the room is a serious test in patience and self control. I didn't play games too often with the little ones. 

But once they hit about 4 or 5 and can handle longer sets of directions plus sitting for the duration of the game then - GAME ON! Ha! Get it? I'm hilarious and you know it ;) 

We started letting our older boys stay up a bit later at night during the summer and we occasionally extend that to Friday and Saturday nights during the school year. They are also allowed to be out with us during the little kids' naps. All this extra time with them means we have gotten the chance to play some great games - some classics and some a little more off the beaten path. 

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Why we are waiting to show our kids the Marvel movies

Why we are waiting to show our kids the Marvel movies

I have lost count of the number of times I have watched most of the films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). We have done complete marathons twice - once for Avengers: Infinity War and once for Avengers: Endgame. We went to a 2:00 am showing of Endgame because we didn’t want to risk getting spoiled as more and more people flocked to the theater.

All this to say - we love these movies. But our kids have never seen one.

Fair warning: This is our family’s choice. Ahead are the reasons we have decided to wait. If you and your family chooses a different path, kudos to you. I’m not judging you or talking about you behind your back. I’m simply sharing the journey we have gone on to make our decisions and what we feel is the best choice for the kids we have at this point in time.

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