I really didn't make too many resolutions this year, because I never EVER seem to follow them, and that is just depressing, but one thing that so far we have been diligent at this year is Family Home Evening. Our church encourages us to take one night a week, normally Monday, and spend it with all the family. Having a small spiritual lesson, an activity of some sorts (big or small) and it normally includes a treat too! It has been hard for us in the past to do this because I work at night, and so every other Monday we wouldn't be able to do it, so why do it on the free Mondays? right?
Well, we have done it every Monday night since the new year, and that makes me so happy! The kids love it, I love it, Keith loves it, and we feel GOOD about it. We take the time to see what issues we need to be working on and work that into the lesson for the night. Sometimes, when I work Keith has to do it by himself with the kids, but other nights he has brought them in the room with me if work is not so crazy, and I am able to listen in and participate a bit.
Our activities range from coloring a picture that goes along with the lesson, to working together on a project, to cleaning the bedroom! I encourage you all to try it, it has really become a nice thing that we do, and I wish we would have started sooner! There are lots of things I wish we did as a family as far as spiritual things, but I know that baby steps are better then no steps at all, and doing FHE every week is for sure a step in the right direction!
One of my favorite activities for FHE that we have done so far were making these mini pizzas. I found the crusts at WalMart, we cut up a bunch of healthy toppings, and the kids were able to make and eat their own healthier version of our favorite snack. Something you could easily do any time of the week, but when you add an opening song and prayer, and tie it in to eating healthy and making right choices for your body, voila! An instant FHE lesson!