It feels like summer has already arrived here in Minnesota, but the unofficial start of summer is this weekend, Memorial Day! While I can’t wait to enjoy the day off with my family, I know it’s important to remember the true meaning of this important American holiday.
What started as Decoration Day after the Civil War didn’t become Memorial Day officially until after World War II to honor all the fallen men and women of America’s Armed Forces. In cemeteries all across the nation, graves will be decorated with flowers and flags to honor those who gave everything to protect the freedom we all enjoy. Flags will also fly at half-staff to remember the sacrifice of those brave soldiers and raised at noon to remind us all that it’s up to us to make sure that their sacrifice wasn’t for nothing.
While this is a sobering holiday, it’s also important to enjoy the freedom that American soldiers have been protecting for over 230 years. Awesome parades and family fun will be happening all over America. Even if you don’t have a big parade near you, it’s always great to get outside with your family. Have a picnic, play some games, and enjoy the day off.
If you need an idea for a fun Memorial Day activity to do with your family, why not have a scavenger hunt?
I have two scavenger hunt options for you. 🙂
Summer’s nearly here, and that means it’s time to plan for…road trips! I have many fond memories of road trips, mostly heading up to the north shore of Minnesota on Lake Superior. This is a nice three hour road trip, but my family has also made the big road trips to places like Yellowstone National Park and Orlando, Florida. Those trips involve at least a couple of days when you have kids in tow.
Family road trips can be wonderful, but also quite challenging with kids. But planning ahead and being prepared can make all the difference to make your travel time as smooth as possible. I want to share with you some of my tips and tricks for surviving the long car ride together.
Long or short road trips can be tough on kids, but these easy and inexpensive tips can make the time pass as smoothly as possible.
First things first, make the car as comfortable as you can.
In just under 2 weeks, football players will be taking the field for the last time this season. Homes will be packed with friends and family to cheer on the players or just to enjoy the commercials. Whether your party is full of football fans or casual commercial viewers, a fully stocked snack table is an absolute must and the more the better. But if your home is anything like mine, space is at a premium, and I’m a big fan of making everything I do as cool or cute as possible. So in order to utilize space and coolness, I decided to make a Snack Stadium.
If you have perused the web for football party inspiration, I’m sure you have come across those amazing (practically scale model) snack stadiums. I loved the idea, but I didn’t have quite that much space…or patience. Also it seemed difficult to actually grab the treats because you have to reach over the sides of the stadium. I made mine a sort of half stadium or even more like bleachers. It is so much easier to snack from and refill because watching the big game is usually an occasion to graze throughout the day. If you can get your friends and family away from the TV during the big game, kudos to you! For the rest of us who can’t tear ourselves away, much less our family, then snacking is the only viable option.
The stadium turned out great and will be perfect for my big game party. If you are looking for a fun way to display your game day snacking extravaganza, you can make one for yourself. Let me show you how.
So you have your table decoration plan, the dinner all set, and the rest of the house ready for Thanksgiving. The feast is all planned out, but what about after? Granted the turkey induced coma will keep your guests occupied for a while but if your family is anything like mine, Thanksgiving is an all day affair with leftovers offered later because there is always a mountain of food after the Holiday feast.
So instead of sitting around chatting in little groups, why not bring everyone together for some family fun?
Here are a few games that can be enjoyed by the whole family throughout Thanksgiving Day.