Have you ever thought about your childhood life growing up and family fun? Well, there are many times I think about it and I had a lot of fun with my brothers and sisters growing up because we could always find something to do. The same goes for when I was raising my children where we had a lot of fun playing games inside or outside or going on adventures.
Naturally you can play games at home with family and never go anywhere. When the weather is bad and you are not able to get outdoors, then there are many games available to enjoy as a family getting together indoors.
There are many games available for outdoors so get out as often as possible and play different games with your family. If possible get out in the great outdoors and have adventures such as bicycling or hiking.
Local parks are another option and you can enjoy swings, monkey bars, slides, and anything else that may be available to you such as walking and getting exercise.
Have you thought about going on adventures with your family going on camping trips, hunting trips, or fishing trips? Just think how enjoyable a Vacation would be if you planned to be going on a camping, hunting, and fishing trip all together where you could do whatever you wished each day.
There are many recreational parks that allow camping where you can have fun with any of these sports, plus a lot of these also offer cabins for renting and have swimming areas. Not only do you have the opportunity for the hunting and fishing adventures but you can mix things up and enjoy it all.
Just think about the response you would get from a child if you told them you were taking them on any of these events. I for one would have gotten nothing but big eyes, huge smiles, and a big hug first thing.
Family Fun Indoors At Home
There is nothing more precious than seeing how excited a child or spouse can get when you take time to spend with them. Have you ever thought of just how happy a child or spouse is when you brush them off and never spend time with them?
I am much older today from what I was 40 years ago when I was in my early 20s and I find myself ignoring everyone at times and end up spending a lot of time by myself which is not always good.
I can for sure say that today’s time is a lot different from what it was during the time I was raised and the time when raising my children. Now they are all grown and I do still spend time with them as much as I can but now I spend a lot of time with my grand children.
During the days when I was raising my children we didn’t have money to go do a lot of things as I wished we could have but we still enjoyed playing board games, especially at night, or when it was raining, or when it was too cold to get out.
I can say we had some great times a lot of the time and sometimes not so pleasant. Of course today is a little different and a lot more computerized games, internet, and cell phones that pretty much distracts everyone, me included. This type modernized technology tends to take away from good old fashion family life of getting together for fun as a family.
Family Fun Outdoors At Home
Do you like to get outside and do things around your home? Do you like to get outdoors with your family around your home and play games?
Some of the best times I ever had were when a bunch of my family members would get together and have a good old fashion football game, or a soft ball game out in the pasture on the farm where we had a lot of room to play. I spent a lot of times with brothers, sisters, and my cousins playing some type of sport around the house as we were allowed.
Many times we would get a good tennis game going, or volleyball game, just what ever came to mind, mainly just one big family having fun. Being around family is precious times that no one should take for granted because there is nothing like great family and great fun.
More Fun Adventures Around The Home
Not everyone has the pleasure of growing up on a farm close to creeks and plenty of woods but boy did I, and I have a lot of memories to go with it.
Now don’t get me wrong, not all my time growing up was great fun and pleasant because a lot of it was hard work. You don’t grow up on a farm without being taught about hard work. “Okay” enough of that hard work because its not no fun so let us adventure into the hunting and fishing that I was able to get involved with around the house because that was a lot more fun.
There were plenty of woods to go hunting in for any hunting season around my home. I spent many times in the woods hunting squirrel, rabbits, or quail, or in the fields hunting dove. I also enjoyed going deer hunting with family and friends, or even a trip hunting by myself.
One thing for sure is that I kept plenty of food to eat in the freezer and had a lot of fun with the sport of hunting as well. I for one was brought up to respect hunting, such as being environmentally conscious and don’t waste anything because every animal you shot provided their life for your meal.
Hunting Dangers And Things To Look Out For
One time I do remember that was not so pleasant though and that was a dove hunting trip. A group of my cousins were lined up around a field and you have to look out for the younger children and low flying dove.
I was a distance away from one of my cousins but not far enough and a dove flew between us and he shot at it. Well, the first pellet ahead of the others hit me just above the eye and I turned just in time and the rest hit me in the back. The ones in the back did not bother me because I had enough clothing on to stop them. However, the one that hit me above the eye is still in my eyebrow and has been there for 40 years now. I will say that was probably my last dove hunting trip even though it was an accident.
Fishing The Local Creeks
Now, there was a creek that ran for miles and came real close to our farm where I spent a lot of time. It’s all grown up now because no one fishes these areas anymore like my cousins and I.
My cousins and I kept the banks clean where you could walk for miles fishing for catfish, bream, bass, or whatever else would bite. Sometimes that “whatever else” may be something you didn’t want to catch such as a turtle or snake but that was part of it.
During these times in most cases since we did not have any money we cut our own cane pole and tied string to it and we caught our own bait but it sure was a lot of fun.
Vacation Outdoors Away From Home
Naturally, things were a lot different when I was growing up to when I raised my children. During my time growing up my parents did not get to spend a lot of time with me and my brothers and sisters outdoors. However, when I was raising my children my wife and I both spent a lot of time with our children but of course things were different because we did not live on a farm and have to deal with all the work.
When we were able to take Vacation time away from work we tried to plan it going on camping trips, where we were able to hunt, fish, swim, or anything else we could think of to have fun. I was a lot younger and camping out in tents was a lot of fun then and the kids loved it.
Due to an accident and aging though camping out in tents was not so much fun for me due to the hard ground. As time passed we did start renting cabins if available and I even bought a motor home at one point to make it a little easier.
Most of our family outings were usually at a camp ground or state park where there were amenities which made it a little easier for all the family. It was great times to get off as a family away from work and most all electronics and just enjoy each other and the outdoors.
I will say that not all of it was perfect because there are critters outdoors that don’t make it perfect. Ticks, mosquitoes, spiders, and snakes are not so much fun when you have to deal with them. Spiders and snakes did not bother me that bad as long as I could see them but those ticks and especially mosquitoes I could do without.
Family fun is very important and I have gone over some of my greatest times with my family. Getting to hunt and fish whenever you were free to go was some great times for me and great to get to spend them with my family.
Spending time with my wife and children may have been around home most of the time but it was very enjoyable.
Vacations were really great to get to go places you were not able to go to very often so you really had a lot of fun. You were able to get away from everything, leaving all your worries at home, then rest, relax, and just focus on fun with the family especially getting outdoors.
One should never forget what they have with family because there is nothing more important than spending time with them. Always remember nothing can take the place of your family and your friends so live life to the fullest with your family as often as you possibly can.
Bobby D. Sandlin