We started a new routine this summer. Charlie's schedule has been modified slightly and we started eating at home on Saturday nights. On the nights that all four of us eat at home, we have started taking an after dinner walk. It has been really nice. On Friday nights we still do Taco Bell and after dinner usually go out for ice cream or to a park to play for some family time also.
On our dinner at home nights, during dinner we talk about what we want to do. Last summer we played tennis several times but we haven't played tennis at all this summer. There is a small pond full of blue gill and a few big cat fish that we sometimes walk to to feed the fish. Our favorite walk this summer has been over the bridge to the adjoining neighborhood. They built the path and bridge about 3 summers ago and we love it. Once you get past the neighborhood, you had hidden back behind trees and a creek. You forget you are so close to home. The neighborhood has a park and basketball court also. We usually walk the mile to the other park and sometimes a little further to their pond to feed the fish. Laci takes her bike and Calvin gets pushed in his tricycle. We usually play at the park for about half an hour (or until Laci has to go to the bathroom) and then turn around and walk home. On the bridge we stop and look for animals. We have seen turtles, deer and a heron. Calvin even saw a kangaroo once! :) By the time we get home, it is time for bath, bedtime shows and bed. We are all worn out.
I am looking forward to the fall walks with the leaves changing color and the crinkle of the leaves as you walk over them. I am not sure what we will do in the winter when we won't be able to take as many family walks. Laci loves card games. Maybe we can teach Calvin a few games. I hope we can continue the tradition of family time after family dinner.