Friday Nights are for Family Fun

Ever since our daughters were old enough to voice their opinions, Friday night has been reserved for family fun.  Whether it’s going out to eat at a favorite restaurant or staying home and having dinner and movie fun, we always take a vote.

My husband and I feel it is important to let our daughters help make these choices because honestly, there are so many things in their lives that they have zero control over. School is one of the major contributors to this. From grumpy teachers to redundant and what seems like, non-stop testing, our kids have very little say in their day.

But it’s June! It’s summer time here in Tennessee!


School is out and the living is easier here at our house, so tonight the girls get their say. Maybe they will want pizza and a movie or maybe we will go out to eat and then come home and catch fireflies or play flashlight tag. Maybe we'll go bowling. Or maybe we will all sit on the back deck and talk about our day while we listen to the frogs and toads sing.

lunch time
Enjoying the food and company at Swetts in Nashville, TN.

The important thing is our togetherness and some fun!  Now I might be singing a different tune by the end of summer when we’ve all had a little too much togetherness and the litany of sibling complaints start.

Some of my favorites: “She’s looking at me!” “She’s touching me!”  “I’m bored!” And of course the question all parents should get a nickel for every time they answer it - “Are we there yet?”

I may even have to answer that question tonight if we decide as a family that we are heading out for dinner and other family type fun. But, I’m fresh and full of optimism for our Fun Family Friday nights! 

It’s just June 7th after all.

What are your Friday night traditions?


  1. What a great article! Thoroughly enjoyed it. Our families Friday nights are a mixed bag. We don't have a set time for family time, we find it happens more spontaneously. But we always make sure it happens often and at least once a week.

    Thanks for sharing! The pictures are great!

  2. Hi Penny,

    Your comment made this bloggers day, thank you.
    Spontaneity‎ is fun too! Life happens and sometimes you just roll with it. Like your attitude!
    Have an awesome day.

  3. We have family movie night and order pizza!

  4. Hi Tara,

    We rent a lot of movies here too. We haven't actually made a pizza in a while though. Maybe we will do that real soon.
    Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Hi Heidi,

    We do the same thing... alot. Especially when school is in and we are all tired by Friday night.
    Have a great day!

  6. It depends on the season. It just snowed the last two days, so it is still cold enough to want to be inside and watch something fun! When it is warm, we love badmitten and ducking from the bats!

  7. Hi Rose-Marie,

    I'm sorry you are still getting snow! It's a bit chilly here this morning, but the sun is shining and I'm looking forward to warm weather activities again- including badminton.

  8. Our Friday night tradition is either pizza and a movie or game night.


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