As the world has been hit with sudden change and a massive interruption of normality, our family and I found ourselves in the midst of trying to stay afloat with all the projects we already had going plus juggling all this new normal within businesses, loss, and kids getting back into the groove of a school routine (in our case unschooling routine). Also pressing pause on things we were used to like kid’s activities, switching gears with going grocery shopping more than usual just to find normal necessities, readjusting schedules, simplifying, re-evaluating finances, making sure everyone is in good health and the list goes on. My husband and I found ourselves exhausted. Everything had finally caught up to us. For me, one way I unplug or hit the rest button is getting out of the house and creating memories. It was a Monday morning I woke up and said “let’s go watch the sunset tonight, go through the Chick Fil A drive thru, find an open field and open the trunk on our SUV and call it a night.” My husband was on board with the idea, one daughter was totally down for the idea and another just wanted to play games online. So, with one being not so thrilled we said “deal with it, we are doing this anyways.” The night turned out to be one heck of a night. Lot’s of laughs, spills, knees and elbows skinned against the asphalt as we played red light green light, to than making up work outs, dancing, playing music that annoyed our girls while watching the sunset as the sky changed colors, as well as watching the moon appear with so much clarity and brightness. We ended the night with playing the game “Heads UP” by Ellen DeGeneras and laughing so hard until we cried. As we called it a night we all agreed that was pretty darn awesome.
That night our girls had been talking about creating themed nights as a family during this time of quarantine. I had been kinda ignoring them because I was just trying to figure all this new normal out and for some reason it just felt like theme nights would only add to the chaos. After our fun sunset night I felt like I hit the reset button, BUT even though I felt that way all I wanted to do was just go to bed and not really plan anything else so I said, “ya know what girls? You two can stay up and create whatever you want and I am going to bed.” They were stoked because what that meant was they got to stay up extra late and fall asleep on the couch. The next morning I woke up and Cadence and Mylee couldn’t wait to share their ideas with us. What I thought was just something they wouldn’t actually do I quickly found out they actually went above and beyond, LOL!!!! They made little graphics for each night with all the details, with the theme of the night, what we would eat, and the movies we would watch together.