It’s Friday!

Happy Weekend

It’s Friday!  Are you as ready as I am for the weekend?  We have a nice weekend planned, with a good balance between scheduled plans and downtime.  How often does that type of balance happen?  Almost never!

During the downtime, I’m hoping to begin preparing for Thanksgiving by planning the menu.  I know some people dread cooking a big holiday meal, but I am always secretly excited when I get to cook for Thanksgiving.  So this weekend, I’ll once again start pulling out all my traditional Thanksgiving recipes while also searching for a new one (or two) to try this year.  I can’t wait to get started!

Do you have a full calendar these next few days or are you taking some time to relax?  Either way, I hope you enjoy the weekend!

Looking for some weekend reading?  Here are a few blog posts I enjoyed this week:

Thankful Trees – Centsational Girl

Free Thanksgiving Printables – The 36th Avenue

Use the 5Ds for a purposeful and peaceful holiday season – Simple Mom

Having a bad day doesn’t make you a bad mother – Lisa Jo Baker

Feeling Lonely?  Consider these 7 Strategies – The Happiness Project

31 Days of Simple Change {day 26 and day 27} – Traditions

31 Days of Simple Change

We had Family Movie Night a few days ago.  The kids absolutely love Family Movie Night!  I love it too, because it’s a simple way of spending time together as a family.  We started the tradition on a whim a few years ago and it was an instant success.  Every month or two, we pick a movie, make some popcorn, and pile onto the couch for two hours of entertainment.

There’s something so comforting about traditions.  Part of what makes a tradition so wonderful is the anticipation leading up to the event.  Our college friends have a tradition of meeting at our favorite restaurant every year on the day after Christmas.  We started it while we were still in college and have continued it long after.  A few weeks before Christmas, a flurry of email activity always occurs.  It’s kicked off with talk of making plans for the event, but it always turns into weeks of lighthearted teasing, jokes, and general fun.  The anticipation and preparation is almost as much fun as the actual event.

I know a lot of people create traditions around the holidays, but traditions can happen anytime of the year.  I have a friend who decided to skip sending Christmas cards one year and instead sent St. Patrick’s Day cards.  He’s been doing it every year since.

Traditions don’t have to be fancy or time consuming.  They can be as simple as having pizza night every Friday or watching the Charlie Brown Christmas Special on the weekend before Christmas.  In the end, traditions are less about what you’re specifically doing and more about just spending time with the people who matter most to you.

Throughout the month of October, I’ll be sharing some ideas for simple changes you can make to improve your life.  Did you miss a day?  Visit the 31 Days Welcome page for links to each day.