Making Family Memories This Fall

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When the fall rolls around, we tend to head indoors, and back to family routines. Sometimes, our family life can be so busy that we forget to make memories. I think it is easier in the summer to fit in family time and memory making because we are taking trips, or just hanging outside as a family.
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When we are indoors, we have to remember to make a point of having family time. Also, as parents, we have to remember that we don’t have to spend a lot of money, or go to the newest hot spot to create lasting memories. Some of my best memories from my childhood are just hanging out as a family. The times my Dad played skipping with us girls, or the family played board games around the table.

Here are some ideas we use at our house to create memories:

  1. Root, root, root for the home team! How about watching a sporting event together. Yes, it’s watching tv, but family bonding can be rooting for the same team, or rooting against the other family member’s team as long as it is a friendly rivalry. Watching NASCAR is my one of my top hobbies, so when my guys watch with me it brings us together. And watching the Toronto Blue Jays with my Dad used to bring us together as a family when I was young.
  2. Play board games together. Games are a great thing to get the competitive juices flowing, and can also get you working together as a team. Some serious family bonding and memories can be created for your kids by sitting around laughing and playing together. Mattel has some great games to try like Card N Go Seek™ and Bounce-Off™.
  3. Create crafts together. From finger painting to “stained glass” leaf creations, there are so many possibilities of awesome creations you all can make together. These will not only create lasting memories, but make creations you can hang up to trigger those memories.
  4. Learn a new hobby craft together. Knitting is a great thing to learn or teach your kids. The art of learning will create memories, as well as the times you are working side by side in the future.
  5. And if all else fails, family movie night is a great way to create fun family memories! Let someone pick the movie, and create a snack table of goodies, grab some blankets, snuggle up together and just be a family.

What do you do to create memories with your family?

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51 Responses to Making Family Memories This Fall

  1. Tara Gauthier says:

    We love movie nights or game nights (especially with friends!)

  2. fossie55 says:

    We enjoy watching sporting events and taking the opportunity to go to a game when possible. Rooting for the Blue Jays!!!
    Florence C

  3. Debbie Bashford says:

    so many great suggestions and this year with the Jays doing well woot!

  4. Cheryl says:

    We love playing board games and making crafts with leaves.

  5. annet says:

    We are definitely making lots of memories this fall. With two new grandchildren there is so much to do! I can’t wait to take them out to play in the leaves and walk out the breakwater! My daughter, husband and I will play lots of board games, watch movies and sleep when possible lol

  6. salexis says:

    I love playing board games with my kids. My son is really into backgammon lately!

  7. Lynda Cook says:

    When my girls were younger we did a lot of crafts starting in the Fall, it was fun for them to make homemade gifts for Birthdays and Christmas, in fact I still have my art tote full of art supplies and now I just need to wait for the grandkids to get older!!

  8. kathy downey says:

    Every second weekend we spend doing crafts or games or cooking depending on what the grandkids choose to do

  9. Elva Roberts says:

    Now that our children are adults, we try to celebrate birthdays together. We also get together at Christmas Eve and their father’s birthday. We usually have some of our adult family in to visit at least two or more times a week. I usually have something good to have with tea or milk. These are all family memories. We d discuss the grandchildren and the great grand’s latest doings.
    It is always a special time when any of our large family visit us.

  10. Wanda Tracey says:

    There is nothing more fun or delightful than crafting with kids.My kids are grown up now but I still enjoy the fun with my grandchildren and they never cease to amaze me with their ideas.

  11. Wanda Tracey says:

    There is nothing more fun or delightful than crafting with kids.My kids are grown up now but I still enjoy the fun with my grandchildren and they never cease to amaze me with their ideas.

  12. Brandee H says:

    We have been adding ‘fall’ nature to our craft time. Every afternoon we go for a walk. Lately we’ve been collecting leaves and twigs. We’ve preserved leaves, made leaf glitter, nature collages. Lots of fun and great memories!

    • That sounds like a lot of fun! My kids often collect things on their walks and we end up with a HUGE collection on our porch. I typically keep most nature outdoors because one year, my son brought home maggots inside of acorns – OY what a mess!

  13. Brandee H says:

    We have been adding ‘fall’ nature to our craft time. Every afternoon we go for a walk. Lately we’ve been collecting leaves and twigs. We’ve preserved leaves, made leaf glitter, nature collages. Lots of fun and great memories!

  14. Ruth Moreira-Lozon says:

    we spend evenings and weekends together and sometimes it’s something as simple as cuddling on the couch and sharing what happened that day. i love that my 12yo son still loves cuddling! makes me happy from the inside out 🙂

  15. Are says:

    I agree, we need to find a way to create more memories! Thanks for reminding me of this.

  16. Nancy T says:

    This summer, we were lucky enough to have a friend with a cottage invite us (along with 3 other families) to their cottage and we made memories in July & August. We’ve continued into October. We will be going again in November and will be spending New Years together as well at the cottage. It’s a chance for all the families to unplug (for the most part) and make memories together.

  17. mommakoala says:

    We pretty much do this all the time. I’m struggling to find something different.

  18. Lynda Cook says:

    It’s pretty much just me now at home, my girls are on their own and hubby works and then tows on the weekends, so I have the house to myself and get to do anything I want to, I miss doing crafts with the girls though, that was always fun!!

  19. salexis says:

    I am going to help my kids paint rocks this afternoon. I love pained rocks! They will go into our garden! 🙂

  20. salexis says:

    I am going to help my kids paint rocks this afternoon. I love pained rocks! They will go into our garden! 🙂

  21. Cheryl Grandy says:

    My husband likes to build a fire in our outdoor fire pit. We gather the kids around to talk and watch the fire. Sometimes we roast marshmallows.

  22. Krista Miller says:

    We find camping is a great way to make memories.. so many funny stories! We do a lot of movie & game nights, or play dancing games on the wii which is so fun.

  23. salexis says:

    We played a family game of “Cheat” last night. My kids love card games 🙂 Skippo and Uno are favourites too!

  24. salexis says:

    We played a family game of “Cheat” last night. My kids love card games 🙂 Skippo and Uno are favourites too!

  25. Viv Sluys says:

    We play a lot of board games as a family. Some of our favourites are Monopoly Jr, Uno and Sitting Ducks!

  26. Christine O'Connor says:

    My daughter and enjoy board games

  27. Christine O'Connor says:

    My daughter and I play our fav board games,

  28. Christine O'Connor says:

    My daughter and I play our fav board games,

  29. kathy downey says:

    We love baking night best with the grandkids!

  30. kathy downey says:

    We love baking night best with the grandkids!

  31. elizamatt says:

    I used to love helping mum with the baking, not so much with peeling potatoes for potato pie though I did suffer through that too since it’s so delicious. Not one of my 7 ever showed any interest in cooking nor baking, now that they are all adults two of the boys are great cooks. 🙂

  32. elizamatt says:

    I used to love helping mum with the baking, not so much with peeling potatoes for potato pie though I did suffer through that too since it’s so delicious. Not one of my 7 ever showed any interest in cooking nor baking, now that they are all adults two of the boys are great cooks. 🙂

  33. kathy downey says:

    I love teaching the kids baking and cooking,we always have so much fun!

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