Year after year, I swear I’ll do things differently. Instead of saying maybe later, I’ll say Yes! Let’s go do that today. Instead of a list of things I wish I did with the girls, I’ll scrapbook all the things we did through the year. This year, we got lucky. Through a couple incredible opportunities, we were able to take two family vacations we ordinarily couldn’t afford.
It was complete bliss—a week of just the hubby and my girls. A week of saying yes. A week of fun, giggles and memories I hope they’ll have forever. Then we came home—to the land of too many nos, too little time and kids growing up so fast—and, I worry I’m missing the real memories. The everyday things they can point to someday, and say to one another, “Remember when we…”
So, I have a solution—this year, we’re giving the gift of family fun. The girls have each asked for a calendar for Christmas, and I’m going with it. The calendars will be pre-filled with special days throughout the year. Birthdays, anniversaries and—here’s the key—a monthly family fun day! It might be something as simple as family movie night or as big as a weekend in Chicago (with KidGrade as our guide!).
The point is to make sure regular family fun actually happens! I’m good with a calendar, and if the girls know something’s coming? There’s no chance of being lazy & skipping the idea altogether. It’s all about accountability. Plus, they’ll have a date on the calendar to look forward to each month. Besides, the calendar is one of 10 free items from VistaPrint right now—and, you can’t beat that!