Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Labor Day is a Family Day

Family Proclamation
The 3rd Annual Celebration of The Family: A Proclamation to the World started this week.  I thought it was neat that it coincided with the actual day (when our "baby" turned 18) that we started a new phase of our life.  Family is still important, whether you're living in the same house or not.  And we're going to keep doing all those little things we tried to do when the kids were at home with just the two of us.  In addition, I imagine we'll come up with some fun things for our new roles as grandparents and parents-in-law.  Stay tuned to see what happens!

Each day for two weeks there will be posts on the Proclamation at the following blogs.  
Be sure to check them out, because they're wonderful.  There will also be a few blog-hops.  Feel free to join the dialogue.  The first one is to share a craft, creation, or FHE lesson inspired by The Family Proclamation.  

Since I hadn't gotten around to posting about our Labor Day activities yet, I figured I'd share that as part of this celebration.  It goes right along with the phrase "Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities." 

Over the years we've taken advantage of Monday holidays and turned our Family Home Evenings into Family Days.  This year was no different.  We started with a trip to the beach at Dubois Park.  The last time that was on our agenda we arrived around 11 AM and the parking lot was already full.  This time we got there closer to 9:30 AM.  There was still parking available, but all the picnic tables and grills were taken; it's a good thing we weren't planning on using them.  It's a wonderful family park, and it's going on the list of places to consider when the grandchildren visit.  Anyway, we set up our chairs on the beach and relaxed and read and watched all the happy families enjoying their day.
When lunchtime came, we went to a little restaurant (Guanabana's) on the intracoastal waterway and let someone else do the cooking, while we enjoyed each other's company and admired the view.

Finally, after our "wholesome recreational activities," we went home and did some "work."  But even washing and vacuuming cars can be fun when you do it together!

Here are the links to past holidays where Family Home Evening has lasted all day long, and sometimes even all weekend long.  Wonderful, wonderful memories and we're glad we're not done creating new ones.


Delirious said...

Oh my goodness, it didn't occur to me until I read this that you are an empty nester now! Yikes! How is that? I think it would be hard...

Amber P. said...

I love the idea of Family Days. Ours are still so little but this post gives me a glimpse into our future, or what I hope our future will be!

Jocelyn Christensen said...

This is a great tradition! I guess we sort of do this as well...if we've got Monday off, we spend the day together, which is easy to do when all the kids are young. I'm going to insist that we keep it going!! Thanks for sharing and for spreading the word about the celebration!

Chocolate on my Cranium said...

Having a whole family day instead of just an evening is a terrific idea!

Belkycita said...

Family days! it sounds like the perfect idea.
We usually spend the day together but I like giving it a title so the kids have something more specific to remember.