First Family Friday

This past summer has been crazy….

Due to long hours haying, my wife being gone for eight weeks in CO to become a Two-Star Parelli Professional we have had very little family together time.

My wife and son went on a camping trip for four days…but I had to stay home and hay.

My son and I spent three days at the county fair, showing sheep and horses…but my wife was helping put on a clinic in OR.

Upon my wife’s return from CO last week, we sat down and decided that we needed to set aside some family time and came up with the idea of Family Friday.

Being able to do things together as a family is very important to us and with our son about to turn 5, it is setting in that time waits for no one.

Family Fridays have now been designated as the day or night that we will do some activity together as a family, without distractions, just focusing on us as a family…having fun!

Last Friday was our first, with the entire family back home at the same time.

To start our new tradition, we headed to the mountains for a few hours with the horses. There is nothing better than a peaceful ride as a family, dogs bouncing through the Manzanita, breeze blowing through the trees and the smell of pine in the air.

It was agreed by all, as we headed back to the truck and trailer…Family Friday was a great idea.

Looking forward to this coming Family Friday….

Side Note: We took our ride in forest managed by Sierra Pacific and they are doing an excellent job of maintaining forest health. Nice job Mark Lathrop (@sustainablewood on Twitter)!

  1. September 12, 2011 at 9:40 AM

    Thanks for the mention Jeff…I admire your Family Friday routine. Our lives get so crazy busy it’s too easy to say I don’t have time for everything. Picking a time-of-day or a day and sticking to it is a good thing.

    Our children grow up so fast and before you know it…they’re off to college.


  2. September 12, 2011 at 10:26 AM

    When I was a kid an old timer told me that if you couldn’t get everything done that needed doing without going can see to can’t see, seven days a week you are doing something wrong. I think a whole bunch of people in agriculture need to make sure they take a day a week to spend with family, or at least take a day’s rest!

  3. September 12, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    I use to do something like that with my kids. As a single mom, I was very busy raising both kids, helping with homework , running them here and there; but I wanted to have time where we connected, the three of us as a Family! Because that’s what we were. 🙂 Every Monday Night we had pizza and movie night. My kids still remember, sitting in the living room on top of a large quilt eating pizza and watching movies with mom.
    Wow, now they are 27 and 22 and have busy lives themselves!
    Jeff, Thanks for sharing your “Family Friday” and letting me wonder down my memory lane……
    Vieva Lathrop

    • commonsenseagriculture
      September 21, 2011 at 11:51 AM

      Thanks for posting Vieva!

      After two weeks of Family Fridays…it is definitely a hit. Looking forward to continuing them well into the future 🙂

      I appreciate your sharing of your memories and look forward to creating our own.

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