Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Living Lovely with Family ~ Weekly Edition

The happiest moments of my life have been the few which I have passed at home in the bosom of my family.
~Thomas Jefferson

For our second round of Living Lovely with Family, we are talking about ways to make meaningful connections and memories with our families in our weekly routine. I enjoyed all of the daily ideas you've shared, and I'm looking forward to reading more!

Everyone is welcome to join in. Share on your blog your ideas for spending time as a family on a weekly basis (or a couple times each month), then link to your blog post (not your main page) in the Mr. Linky below. I would appreciate it if you linked back here so that others can benefit from all the wisdom shared. Feel free to grab the image above for your post or sidebar. You are also welcome, as always, to share thoughts or ideas in the comments.

(Scroll past Mr. Linky for my entry in this week's Living Lovely with Family.)

My boys would unanimously choose Saturday as their favorite day of the week. Daddy's home!! It is amazing how much we all enjoy seemingly mundane activities, or even tasks, when we're all together. We don't do the same things every weekend, but we usually do them together. The library. Costco. Or the library and then Costco:
A family trip to Costco does happen almost every weekend. Roomy carts. Wide aisles. Computers, tools, books, groceries. Samples. Samples. Samples. Oh, do I sound like a broken record? How about hot dogs and sodas for $1.50? Or a husband to lug all the loot up to the house?
Maybe not in the middle of winter, but many months of the year see the boys on the lawnmower with Daddy at least once a week. Both Luke and Leif have amazing stamina for riding around in circles. They've been known to ride for an hour or more. Leif has taken a few naps perched on Dad's lap, but steering is more fun.

I find it fascinating to watch the boys feel needed and important when they help Dad work. I love that my husband can model a great work ethic for them.
Luke, in particular, wakes up Saturday mornings and immediately puts on his 'dirty jobs' clothes. That kid wants to be a part of his Dad's every project and task. I cannot wait until he can change the oil in the cars by himself. He will be such a help around the house!!
Russ sometimes takes the boys out and lets me have some time at home alone (always greatly appreciated!). He will take them to Home Depot's free kids' workshops (first Saturday of every month), or even to the library or a park. If Russ needs to visit a client over the weekend, usually he takes either Levi or Luke along.

My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard. Mother would come out and say, "You're tearing up the grass." "We're not raising grass," Dad would reply. "We're raising boys."
~Harmon Killebrew


Heasleye said...

Oh, I love that last quote! I'll have to remember it this summer when a "pitcher's mound" will most certainly mark its position down to the dirt in our grass. :)

jodi said...

i goofed--i linked to my homepage instead of the specific post. i'm so sorry! i can't seem to go back a page to fix it. my bad...

we use that last quote often, so true!

have a great rest of the week, heidi

Heather said...

Oh, that Killebrew quote was meant for me! I don't know how many times I've said those same words (about tearing up the grass)... what an excellent reminder that father makes!

Shell in your Pocket said...

That last picture is precious!
sandy toe

Skeller said...

I adore these sweet photos!!

And Costco - yes! We often try to time our weekend visits to take advantage of samples. We call them "free lunch" ;-)

Luke Holzmann said...

We like Costco too [smile].


ohio12 said...

I am glad that we are not the only ones who do some amount of chores and errands on the weekends. Since Sunday is church, yard work, Home Depot and chores make up a large part of our Saturdays. But I try to tell myself that since we are doing it together it is still quality family time. Having Daddy around does make everything better doesn't it? (and this Saturday we are going to the circus!)

Anonymous said...

Your boys are such manly little men! I love it.
My blog is in its infancy so I'm going to comment here:
We do library every week, bookstore once or twice a month--- my three year old daughter screams with excitement when she knows she's getting to go to B&N.
Even the 1 yo seems to enjoy it.

I try to have a real tea party with my 3yo once a month. We go all out: real cloth napkins, sugar cubes, lemon curd, pastries, and real china tea cups. We are very formal and even dress up and use our very best manners.
I have been trying to think of a little boy equivalent to start sharing with my son in a year or two...any ideas?

Anonymous said...

I can't wait to check out all the posts. It's fun to see what others do with their families.

Anonymous said...

Hi Heidi!

I added some comments to my site, even though I don't have any pictures or many ideas to contribute. Maybe this is an area we need to work on.

Thanks again for a great blog!

RockerWife said...

Ooooo, love that pic of your boy! The quote at the end is perfect - so true.

Shayne said...

I vote for the hubby to hull all the loot into the house. that is one nice thing about where we live in mexico, there is a Costco only 30 minutes from here and they even have the $1.50 hot dog special; however, we all opt for pizza