As the girls have gotten older, the idea of spending time at home on a Friday Night with just family has lost it’s appeal. It seems as though there is always something going on for our busy teens. It could be a movie, having friends over or going to their house or even babysitting for a little extra cash. Often, if both of the girls are home, Shaun and I have something going on. Tonight was one of those rare nights that we were all home together.
At first, Mimi wanted to make it a father-daughter night of just hanging together. Her grand idea was to play games and make jewelry. (Interestingly, Shaun was less than thrilled with that plan). Then KT decided to get in on the fun claiming that she was a daughter too. I had made firm plans to finish my book, but KT insisted that she needed me to come downstairs and play too. I claimed that I couldn’t join them as I wasn’t one of the daughters or the fathers…yet somehow, I found myself joining the rest of the family.
Mimi had dug out some of our games that hadn’t seen light in a few years. We had lots of fun playing Connect Four (I won!) and Battleship (I creamed KT on that one!). When we were done playing, we all piled on the couches and burrowed under blankets (for some reason, our downstairs stays much colder than the rest of the house) cuddling up with one another to watch Blazing Saddles.
As far as Friday nights go, this one was highly uneventful. Nobody went anywhere or did anything exciting. Yet…if I were honest…I’d have to say that it was one of the best Friday nights I’ve had in a while. Spending time with just our family was an unexpected gift.