Monday, September 17, 2012

Creating Family Time at Home with a Disney Movie Night

HaystackAs my kids get older I struggle more and more with trying to hold onto special moments that celebrate our family.   Kirk turned 18 on Sunday and I was a teary eyed-mess for most of the day.  Katie is now the only “official” kid in out house.   I suppose you could say that I’m beginning to have empty nest syndrome, even though my kids aren’t gone yet!   While they were growing up I don’t think I realized how very important it would be that I cherish ever moment that I had with them. All Moms know that the goal is to raise great kids that will grow up and someday become successful adults on their own, but the harsh realization of someone you’ve lived with for 20 years just up and moving out is still hard to come to.

I’m taking this last year Kirk has in High School to celebrate special moments with my family while I still have them close. I’m so happy that as with the earlier portions of their lives, Disney is there to help me bring the whole family together not only while we’re at the Parks, but at home as well. This weekend we’re having a family movie night! I know, it doesn’t sound that exciting, but with the busy scheduled of four adults in the house all working different hours, and a limited budget, it’s not that easy to get everyone together anymore. With a family movie night we can take a break and spend some relaxing time at home, while still spending time together as a family.

This weekend’s pick is the Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3 on Blu-ray Combo Pack! I know, I know, it sounds like a crazy choice, but we saw the first Beverly Hills Chihuahua movie on a plane coming home from Disneyland and it had us rolling in the aisles! It was hilarious and in this Beverly Hills Chihuahua Movie, Papi (voiced by George Lopez) is learning for himself that it can be tough helping your kids grow up. I’ll probably start crying, I’m sure that my kids will laugh at me, but at least we’ll be celebrating together. Maybe Papi can help me find my inner strength too. So come Saturday night I’ll grab some of everyone’s favorite candy from the store, pop up some pop corn, dim the lights in the living room and settle in on the couch with my whole clan for some great family fun. Have you struggled with your teens getting older? How do you make sure to celebrate every moment? Have you held a family movie night? Leave a comment and let me know!

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