Family Home Evening

So Mormons do this thing called “Family Home Evening.”  Monday nights are family nights.  It’s a little tradition we like to carry on.  Cause who doesn’t want an excuse to do something fun?

At our house, we don’t have kids.  So we just have another date night (as if we need more!  I’ll admit, every night feels like a date night for us. 🙂

Last Monday night, we went to Danny’s favorite driving range in Brooklyn.  It’s a shabby place with shabby prices…so he loves it.  And then we went to Fairway to get our favorite peanut butter, the kind they grind fresh.  (Yep. We love this stuff.  It may have something to do with the fact that it’s made from honey roasted peanuts.)

But on most Monday nights, though, we read together or go for a bike ride in Prospect Park or watch a movie together.  I guess when we have kids, we’ll need to get a little more organized (how do you moms do it?  Honestly.  I bow down.)

Do you guys have family nights?  What does it look like at your house?

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  1. Tere Shake June 20, 2012 at 5:01 pm - Reply

    oh i wish the husband and i could get more into the family night. without kids its harder i think. we are like you though, every night being a date night. we are always riding our bikes or walking our dogs. but we definitley need to get into a routine if and when the kids come:)

  2. Jess June 20, 2012 at 5:50 pm - Reply

    My husband works week nights, so our afternoons are all dates. When my husband and I were first married we tried to do the whole family home evening lesson thing. it didn't work out for very long. we also tried it with other couples as well. i figure we will be better at it whenever children come around. for now i say enjoy the extra dates because i am told on the other side(parenthood) it is all lost and gone. have fun.

  3. June 20, 2012 at 7:06 pm - Reply

    Fun fact — Danny has pretty dang good form on his swing. Give him my compliments.

    I'm single, which means that "Family Home Evening" usually involves getting together with the other singles from "the place where people organize on Sunday's" (also known as Church). The activities vary frequently, but are always a lot of fun.

    While I was at home, with my folks, the highlight of our family night was singing "The Wheels on the Bus" with my two little sisters and watching how animated and excited they got as the song progressed.

    I would suggest that if anyone reading this blog doesn't have at least one night dedicated to family time that they quickly adopt a night to do so!

  4. Alysa June 20, 2012 at 8:42 pm - Reply

    Please, no bowing down necessary.

    We keep it simple and our 4 year old and 1 year old like us to stick to a set schedule. That means song, prayer, a quick calendaring moment until we start losing the kids, then recite the scripture we're memorizing (a new thing for us this year! we love it!). Followed by a quick lesson which is sometimes just talking about a picture from the gospel art kid or the Friend magazine (put out by the church for kids). Then it's activity, which is 10 min tops. Song and prayer and pajama time! Woe be it to us if we want to switch up the order or get fancy!

    We have a lot of fun though, and wouldn't trade the time for anything else.

    • mara June 21, 2012 at 4:20 am - Reply

      Alysa- how adorable that they are stuck to the schedule. That's pretty sweet. 🙂

  5. jopoke June 20, 2012 at 9:31 pm - Reply

    We are not LDS, but S.D.A (love all the letter stuff :)) so our Family night is Friday night. Traditionally we have a simple special supper, light some candles, & put on light orchestral music. I read, often rather melodramatically Bible stories to my now 15 & 17 year old boys who still snuggle close to me on the couch.It's a time to close out the world, video games, work stresses & focus on each other. When they were little I spent alone time with each of them on their beds before sleep. Now I am single, so the 3 of us just sortof gather in our little pile on the couch for open chatter. It's all about remembering there's a greater source of our contentment and loving each other dearly.

    • mara June 21, 2012 at 4:20 am - Reply

      This is so sweet! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Lisette June 21, 2012 at 4:37 pm - Reply

    We are like you guys. Since we do not have kids we just make sure to be together and do something fun. It is nice to have one night blocked out a week for just us.

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