For the last year, we've been doing Family Fun Nights (usually Disney themed) once a month or so. We've just started ramping back up because -- *drumroll* -- we have a trip to Disney World planned for September! For now, we're doing every other week; as our vacation draws nearer, we'll move to once a week. It's an opportunity to do something special as a family, to be silly and childish, and to remember past vacations and to get excited about future vacations.
We've done a Dumbo-themed fun night before, but since we had it checked out from the library, we decided to do it again. First, we strung cheap plastic bunting all over the kitchen. It was a little bit overwhelming, but fun.
While dinner was cooking, I hung up a plastic photo-op thingy in one of the doorways. The kids had a great time posing. Here's one of the more 'normal' shots they got.
We also did lots and lots of circus themed temporary tattoos. Lachlann didn't want any, but all the other kids were fully decorated. Doug and I may or may not have gotten in on the action with some tattoos (privately applied) in naughty places.
We let the kids have soda for dinner - a rare treat. Colwyn wanted root beer while the rest of the kids opted for orange soda. Some festive straws made it even more exciting.
Dinner was 'fancy hot dogs'. There's a restaurant in Rockport called Top Dog that's a family favorite. They have amazing hot dogs with all sorts of different toppings, in combinations named after dog breeds. When we start craving Top Dog but can't make it there (like in the winter), we do our own. Here's our version of the 'bad dog' - sauteed onions, bacon, and cheese sauce. Yum.
After dinner, we put the movie on and had popcorn and animal crackers for snacks. We'd gotten those frozen soft pretzels but never got around to eating them. We watched a bunch of the special features after the movie, too. All in all, it was a great success! Next up for Family Fun Night is Princess and the Frog, since all the stores have Mardi Gras decorations.