Little Q is 7 months old right now and he’s been camping, enjoyed a couple of family reunions out of state, we constructed a little fort in the living room that we all played in, cooled off swimming, and hiked in the mountains. That’s not too bad for 7 months! Family activities should be a big part of his life since those are the events we’re hoping he’ll remember. I’m not talking multiple, expensive, long trips or anything like that. Little family adventures can be free or at least cheap. We are happy going for a hike in the mountains, a picnic in the yard, swimming, or camping. Q doesn’t care what we do, but loves to be outside and take it all in. It’s pretty amazing when you realize he’s seeing everything for the very first time and the curiosity in his face is so adorable!

Our dog comes camping with us and it seems like he stops to smell every rock and pile of poo along the way, sprints to catch a Frisbee to get distracted by a leftover crumb in the fire pit before he sees another dog to play with. Q smiles big and giggles when the dog comes over to lick his feet, then he tries to pet him. By “pet” I mean grab a fistful of dog hair and pull. It is helpful that the dog loves kids and simply sits there. We will treasure every little experience and, hopefully, my husband and I will recall them when we’re in the nursing home.

Here are some cheap/free family ideas that we’re planning to do, some when Q gets older.

  • Scavenger hunt
  • Take a bike ride
  • Sledding
  • Make pizza from scratch
  • Roast marshmallows and make s’mores
  • Go fishing
  • Have a game night
  • Water fight
  • Go to the zoo
  • Movie night
  • Create crazy dessert night
  • Fly kites

Community service/Random acts of kindness:

  • Cook dinner for someone
  • Color pictures and take to a nursing home
  • Make care packages to take to children in the hospital
  •  Play Ding Dong Ditched
  • Donate old toys or games to a homeless shelter or Ronald McDonald house
  • Pick flowers and take to a neighbor

We aren’t too picky as to what we do as long as we are together. No matter what that entails, it will be perfect!

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