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Family Fun Night Link-Up!

Welcome to my first ever link-up! Am I doing it right? Do you love it?

When I was a kid, we all went to the movies and dinner one night and I started calling it “Family Fun Night!” with enthusiasm over and over, hoping it would catch on. My brothers joined in, thinking it was ironic but dorky little me was totally serious. I still haven’t figured out if my mom was serious or if she was being sarcastic, too. I don’t want to dig too deep there. Anyway, we planned a few more Family Fun Nights and my nerdy little heart just loved ’em.

I still do. Fortunately, my husband is a very good sport. He’s put up with all kinds of wacky ideas. Today, instead of sharing all of the super-cool things we’ve done, I thought I’d share my dorkiest idea ever.

Family Talent Night!

It’s a good idea in theory. And we had fun. Coco shared her talent for dance. Eric shared his woodworking talent and Coco got to make a project. Then came Mom’s turn. I was so stinking excited about my talent. I mean, God had gifted me and I was prepared to share that gift with my family.

What was my talent?


Yep. It’s all I could think of. The sad part is, I was really into it. This was when Coco was still in elementary school, and before I could work out all my teaching urges on my poor, unsuspecting homeschooled kids.

I decided to do a teaching on the book, The Five Love Languages. I had a whiteboard. I had an object lesson. We did a craft. My husband controlled himself and only sighed deeply three or four times. I was delighted.

The next day, I was downright embarrassed. What was I thinking? I should have sung off-key or done my freaky dance. I could have recited a monologue from Gone with the Wind. I could have even flipped my eyelids, that was always a crowd-pleaser. Instead, I turned Family Fun Night into Family Bore Night. But my family still loved me. Still, instead of admitting what a loser I was, I just made some lemon bars. All was forgiven.

So there it is. The most embarrassing family fun night ever.

Do you have a fabulous Family Fun Night? Or even a kind of cool one? Please share it with us!

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  1. says

    Family Talent Night sounds awesome. I can’t wait till my children are old enough to do that.

    About Family Bore Night, LOL, at least your heart was in the right place. You children are blessed to have you. You sound like a great mom.

  2. says

    We haven’t really started a family fun night, I am so sad to say!

    My little ones are almost 5 and 3 (today!) and 10 months. I’m excited for the time when we can all play board games because I l-o-v-e board games! But I try really hard not to ‘wish away’ where we are in our lives right now. So board games can wait. :)

    I did read a fabulous idea a few weeks ago that I haven’t been able to try yet since we’ve all had the stomach bug. But I’m looking forward to it: Keeping all of the lights off one evening and doing everything with flashlights! My little ones will LOVE this! I found them some cheap-o flashlights at the dollar store so everyone can have one. We might do that this weekend.

    This is a great idea – the link up! I can’t wait to read what everyone submits!


  3. says

    I love the idea of family fun night! We do things as a family, but we don’t put emphasis on how special it is to be doing these things. And we should, because it is special and will help lay the foundations for our children to have healthy relationships with their future families.

    No matter how it went, I’m sure your family fun teaching night will be remembered :
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