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FFF highway family vacationBy Lisa Cherry

Family vacation time was the topic the other day when I walked in on a discussion between some of my children. 

Josiah, who of course at age six has no time perspective yet, was just sure that it was time to go on a trip. In February? I smiled to myself at his youthful innocence.

But I was even more excited to hear one of his older siblings’ response:

     "Family vacation is the best time of year!"

Now that might not seem like much of a statement. But honestly, I was relieved to hear this teenager's heartfelt reflection.

It's true… They still do want us!

Maybe you've noticed in your home that pulling kids away for family fun gets harder and harder. Ballgames, school commitments, and friend distractions can take a real toll on together time.

That day I made a commitment to myself. Even though it's too early to really make all the detailed plans, I'm going to dream with the kids just the same. And go ahead and mark my calendar.

What about you? Have you set some dates aside for the summer? Block them out before anyone else can take them! It is worth it!

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Gratefully linked to      Just for Fun Fridays     Friday Favorite Things at Finding Joy     The Weekend Brew  Caffeinated Randomness      Women With Purpose

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It's time for this week’s Family Fun Friday Link-Up!  It’s our tradition here at Frontline Moms.

Since we spend so much of the week Unmasking and frontlining and aiming for the remnant, we need a little dose of Family Fun come Friday!

My co-host is my daughter Tara at Mommy Head Adventures.

So please link up your Family Fun blog post for all of us to see. Just make sure it’s family friendly, and fun.  Then check back to see what fun other families have posted about.

What kind of fun?

  • Fun crafts
  • Fun kid recipes
  • Fun family outings
  • Fun mom games, or
  • Funny stories about your family

We hope you will share our fun button which you can find on the sidebar.

 


Father son trip 2012By Lisa Cherry

My men took an overnight trip a couple of weeks ago. Priceline. Two hotel rooms…One night…Take-out pizza…Swimming pool…a ball game.  And they came back tight with dad.

Consider investing a mini-vacation in your family relationships. Getting away shakes up routines and increases bonding.

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Just for fun Friday

Beautiful Family Friday

Faith Filled Friday

 

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We're back for another Family Fun Friday Link-Up!  It’s our new tradition here at Frontline Moms.

Because we spend so much of the week Unmasking and frontlining and aiming for the remnant, we need a little dose of Family Fun come Friday!

My daughter Tara at Mommy Head Adventures is helping us with this.  Don't miss her fun tutorial on making salt dough ornaments.

So link up your Family Fun blog post for all of us to see. Just make sure it’s family friendly, and fun.

What kind of fun?

  • Fun crafts
  • Fun kid recipes
  • Fun family outings
  • Fun mom games, or
  • Funny stories about your family

We hope you will share our fun button which you can find on the sidebar.


By Lisa Cherry

Here’s my precious granddaughter, Kyla Grace (age 10 months), all smiles in the arms of her mommy Kalyn during our trip to the Smoky Mountains. 

It was her first family vacation, and she had lots of fun with her cousins, aunts, uncles, parents and grandparents.

But Kyla was not so happy during the last two hours of our trip home.

She cried, and cried, and cried some more. 

During the second hour of her loud serenade, I was prompted to add two more items to the list in my last post:

 11. Just laugh when the grandbaby is the one driving everyone’s nerves raw. She is not your responsibility and she doesn’t want Grammy right now anyway!

12. Make sure you keep extra control of your teenagers when babies are crying. Baby screaming makes for teen screaming….and they are my responsibility!

Don't miss the other posts in this series:

On a Lighter Note…Cherry Family Vacation, Part 1

Cherry Family Vacation, Part 2: Departure Traumas

Cherry Family Vacation, Part 3: Joy!

Cherry Family Vacation, Part 4: Record Bike Ride

Ten Lessons This Mom Learned on Family Vacation This Year, Cherry Family Vacation, Part 5

Linking up to Women Living WellHearts 4 Home,  Beautiful Thursdays, and Just for Fun Fridays.

By Lisa Cherry

Another one has come and gone…

…A wonderful week of sharing life with my whole family in an exotic cabin in the Smoky Mountains.

As I write this, we are in the van on our way home, in the final two hours of what should be have been a seven hour drive.  So far it’s taken us 9 ½ hours. 

I have decided to record my top lessons for other moms who still might have their vacation ahead of them this year.

    1. Always pack your Quaker Oatmeal canister yourself where you can keep a mom-eye on it.  Eight cups of oatmeal sprinkled generously throughout your possessions in the trailer is not a pretty sight.
    2. Take extra towels. For some reason the cabin was not exactly equipped for 18.
    3. Remember to check the weather forecast before you plan your daily outings. Unless, of course, you want a front row parking place at the mountain top view when visibility has reduced to about five feet.
    4. Ear plugs are a must. You never can tell when those young ones will all decide to howl about their new surroundings.
    5. Bring extra bread. That way if the kids want to feed some to the birds or fish, you will not feel grumpy about it.
    6. Walk hand in hand with your sweetie as you gaze over at your brood. Smile and realize that every moment as a family is a precious reward from the Lord.
    7. Learn to enjoy squeeze cheese. It’s bland, artificially flavored and is horrible for you, but nothing screams vacation food like that little can.
    8. You can never pack too many baby wipes. Even though my youngest is five, we are addicted to them.
    9. Find a way to exercise every day, so when you realize you have lived a whole week in carb overloading, you can at least comfort yourself with the fact that you tried.
    10. Enjoy every single memory. Even the squabbles and even the spills. As the children get older, you will wish for these noisy days again!

Don't miss the other posts in this series:

On a Lighter Note…Cherry Family Vacation, Part 1

Cherry Family Vacation, Part 2: Departure Traumas

Cherry Family Vacation, Part 3: Joy!

Cherry Family Vacation, Part 4: Record Bike Ride

Baby Kyla's Serenade: Cherry Family Vacation Part 6 (Addenda to Ten Lessons)

Linked up with Top Ten Tuesday  and Works for Me Wednesday.

By Lisa Cherry

A record 11 mile ride around Cade's Cove in the Smoky Mountains for little Lydia...with a little help from Daddy and brother Nathan.

Don’t miss the other posts in this series:

On a Lighter Note…Cherry Family Vacation, part 1

Cherry Family Vacation, Part 2: Departure Traumas

Cherry Family Vacation, Part 3: Joy!