Our family had fun tonight going on a “Random Road Trip”.
We got the basic idea from a magazine, and then we added our own flair to it:
- Gather the family in your vehicle.
- Agree on how much time to spend driving.
- Start driving. Yep, just start driving!
- Have everyone take turns deciding which way to go.
- Keep going until you have driven the agreed amount of time. Then, continue toward the next major intersection.
- Visit a place nearby that you have never been to before. It could be a restaurant, store, park, or whatever.
- Find your way back home, and enjoy the memory.
For our first trip, we agreed to spend 30 minutes driving to our random destination. That went by quickly, but it was good for a first trip.
For deciding which way to go, the first person decides which way to turn out of the neighborhood. The next person decides whether to go straight, turn left, or turn right at the next major intersection, as indicated by a traffic light or stop sign. Skip any intersections that just have entrances to subdivisions or shopping centers.
For a place to visit, try a local place (like “Gigi’s Pizza”) rather than a chain (like “Pizza Hut”) to keep things interesting. While there, do something different. Share a special meal or snack, get a little memento, or take a picture to remember your trip.
For more fun, perhaps bring some friends along.
For a bonus, take the opportunity to conduct a random act of kindness. For our first trip, our waitress seemed new and stressed, so we tipped her an extra few dollars.
Consider using Foursquare or another GPS-based service to find a place near your random destination. Or, maybe find a geocache in the area. There is plenty of room for variations, depending on what your family enjoys. Have fun!
Well, it’s Tuesday, so we experienced Taco Tuesday for dinner this evening. We do something a little different, in that we offer choices for dinner. For example, for Taco Tuesday, we have BOTH hard taco shells AND soft tortillas, and we have BOTH ground beef AND chicken strips. And, then we have all of the fixins laid out, including lettuce, tomato, cheese, sour cream and taco sauce. It’s basically a self-serve taco bar. Some family members only like certain things, and others have a couple different things because they like variety.
We do something similar when we have pasta for dinner. We only have one type of pasta. However, we have BOTH marinara AND Alfredo sauces, and we have BOTH powdered Parmesan AND shredded cheddar cheeses. Sometimes we have meatballs, onions, or mushrooms on the side for anyone that wants them. So, it’s like a self-serve pasta bar. Again, some family members pick very specific things, and others have half a plate of one variation and half a plate of another.
I sometimes wonder, is this normal or unusual, good or bad? It’s definitely good for getting the children to eat, as each one chooses what he or she wants. But, is it bad to allow them to be picky by having choices for dinner?
Family traditions are important to children. It gives them a sense of belonging and something to pass on to their children.
Every St. Patrick’s Day, for the last 14 years, we have started the day by reading Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss. All the while, we actually enjoy a plate of green eggs and ham!
If you have a child, then you probably already have the book. If not, then you can get it here:
Green Eggs and Ham (I Can Read It All by Myself Beginner Books)
For the dish, we just scamble some eggs, mix in some chunks of ham, and stir in a little green food coloring.
What St. Patrick’s Day family tradition do you have?