Does your family unplug? Recently, we’ve noticed an increased demand in screen time in our family whether it’s homework, emails or social media. So, to combat the gravitational pull, we’ve decided to simplify our family time. Here are some basics we are returning to:
I visited our local mall to purchase a board game we played several times at our friend’s house called Aggravation. To my surprise, the stores didn’t carry it. So, I went on line and ordered it. It just arrived and we can’t wait to play it. It’s a simple marble game of chance using dice to get your pods home first. We also like timeless games of cards, Monopoly, Life, etc.
We enjoy hiking in our majestic Santa Cruz mountains. We are blessed to work on two beautiful campuses surrounded by a variety of trees, paths and water features. Above is a picture of Randy, Austin, Alicia and my brother Greg (back left) and sister-in-law Connie (front left). On Christmas Eve we hiked around Mount Hermon Conference Center. We showed them the zip line canopy tours, the lodges/cabins, and Ferndale Falls. They are pictured above at Redwood Camp’s suspension bridge. Good times!
We love to explore our surroundings. During Thanksgiving weekend, we took the long coastal route of Highway 1 north to visit family versus taking a straight shot of Highway 101. We saw the sun reflecting off the Pacific Ocean, a large variety of wildlife on the ground and in the air, and gorgeous rolling hills/farmland. Sometimes, we stop at a vista point and sometimes we just marvel from our car.
It is easy to get caught up in life’s busyness. We’ve decided to be intentional about slowing down, resting and playing together as a family to maintain a balanced life.
What do you do as a family that’s special?