Friday, September 26, 2008

It's fun for families!

Happy Friday to you and you and you! How's it gone this week over at your place? Me? Well, aren't you kind for asking? I've had a fair to midland week myself full of highs, lows and a smattering of everything in between. Actually, now I'm just blithering Shakespearean style with much ado about nothing (but without all the clever phrasing) 'cause it's been a much simpler week than all that.

I did (and still do) have a sickie little Dandy going on three days. It started with a fever. On the second day he added a stomach ache. And today, just when we heard his sweet little chirpy voice upstairs playing and thought he was fine, he upped and chucked! Yes, BUT you couldn't find a more pleasant fellow these sick days. With a little ibuprofen on board, we've had all kinds of casual fun together playing games, solving puzzles, reading books, and even doing some workbook pages out of a kindergarten book I have. He's been patient, conversant, and other than the occasional discomfort mentioned, quite happy.

I don't get it. But then, he always surprises me so why am I confused. I feel like school is maturing him but drawing and quartering him at the same time. He acts like he likes it, but is showing so many fight or flight symptoms with the teachers.  It's like an unconscious part of him is rebelling with all it's power. And THAT part seems to be winning.

Oh dear, it is so difficult to know what's best for him. To keep him home and lose all of his special services feels irresponsible. But seeing him disrupt his school and spend so much time misbehaving that he's barely getting his work done seems counterproductive if not harmful to his psyche. Raspberries, I've gone on about that enough for now.

In other news, Ratchet boy and his cousin (a year younger) were both bestowed awards of citizenship at school today so that was exciting. I'm so proud of what nice young dudes they are becoming.

And finally, Jamey, myself, and a few others are helping our children's ministry leader start up a new bi-monthly activity called "Family Fun Nights". This is going to be for couples with youngish children to get together and play games, mini golf, watch movies,. do some bible focused activities and basically spend time with one another.

Last night was our first event so we kicked it off with food and a photo treasure hunt in the park. I say "we" because I meant to be there but instead made food and sent it with Jamey (due to previously mentioned sick kid). Jamey and Ratchet went to represent team "C-berg" and I guess the evening was a grand success.   I, of little faith, expected Jamey and Jonathan (our kid's minister) to be standing around taking pictures of each other while the park strays ate the hot dogs and various sides turning their noses up at my fancy salad.

But, apparently when it comes to entertaining families if you build it, they will in fact come, especially when you've advertised with a swanky video promising food. What video you ask? Well, I just happen to have it here on Vimeo for your viewing pleasure. Jamey made it with his clever media skillz so I thought I'd show it off now that it's time has come and gone.  If he makes them for the other events, I'll post them before hand to let you know what's coming.

Family Fun Nights - retro promo video from Jamey Clayberg on Vimeo.

Wasn't that cute? Squeak! So, if your a local yocal, please feel free to bring the brood out to our next family event. It's good clean fun and it all comes with pricing straight out of the 50's (but without any of the high maintenance hairdo's required)! 
Really what more could you ask for every other Thursday night **. :D

** "Family Fun Nights are not exactly every other Thursday night especially when holidays and or shopping and party seasons infringe and trump newly formed but not trademarked "Family Fun Nights". It is also possible to have ones own fun on Thursday nights and call it family night but not include the town in your "special" event. "F.F.N" are supposed to be fun but if on a certain evening we have chosen to play dodge ball and make ice cream sundaes, and THIS DOES NOT SOUND LIKE YOUR KIND OF FUN, please do not hold the founding members of "F.F.N" responsible for your overall happiness. We do not replace or claim to be anti-depressants of the medical sort, but merely are doing our own take on "fun" at an attempt to please a widely varying crowd.


savannah said...

well done, sugar! finding ways to keep from feeling isolated when the kids are young is good for the whole family. we used to do the same thing when ours were young. xoxo

(btw, thanks for following my blog!)

dive said...

Oh, hee hee! Shan that is brilliant! Jamie totally rules.
Excellent music and excellent images … I particularly loved the baby race!
Here's to the success of Family Fun Nights.
And to Dandy feeling better, poor guy.

Jenna Jean said...

That video was the best!!! I would be right there with you on F.F.N. if I was still in S.S.,how FUN. I hope your dandy is doing better now.

Sun-Kissed Savages said...

You'll have to remind me when the next one is. We stay fairly busy (meaning totally booked usually!), but this sounds like something we'd like!!
Dandy, oh, Dandy. I think boys just need to move more. And then they tend to get in trouble for being on the move. It may seem that they are acting up more than they actually are, just because their little bodies "fight the system" of structure and stillness. At least that is my theory. I know my kids are usually standing on their heads when we read together...

Mom Keena said...

That video was awesome! Reminded me of commercials when I was a kid. Wait, that made me sound old. Never mind. I've never seen anything like that video! (That's better!)

lynn said...

Brings back some memories!

jazzygal said...

Hey, just came acroos your blog cos I like theatre, musicals etc. And family too of course.
What a lovely idea for family fun nights....hope it went well.
Hope your little guy better.

Hate it when they're sick....the're so miserable. 2 weeks ago I was stuck at home with a sick little guy on anti biotics then last week my dog was attcked and I was then stuck home with him. Also on antib's!!!

Ah, that's life!