Days 13-15: Thankful for a Family Fun Weekend on a Budget

Now that I’m feeling better, we had a great weekend and I’m so thankful for my little family. Let me tell you about our family fun weekend on a budget!

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So, you may have heard that I was laid up with pneumonia starting last Saturday. I really got sick around Wednesday, but by Saturday, I was at the hospital and being diagnosed. The doctors wanted me to take off work from Saturday through Friday so I spent most of that time in bed. I work from home as well as out of the home so I was able to keep up with that work, but my office work had to be taken care of by my coworkers.

By Friday afternoon, I was R-E-S-T-L-E-S-S! I was up and down from the bed, getting a few things done around the house, readjusting because my butt hurt from sitting so long, and finally bugged Howard enough that we picked up Benjamin early from the Y and headed out to Tyler for the evening. We took Benjamin to iJump so he could get some energy out at the trampoline park and then we headed to dinner at TGIFriday’s. Howard loves to go there because he can actually eat their french onion soup and feel satisfied. After dinner, we stopped by Barnes and Noble to pick up a couple of books for Benjamin because he’s read all of his chapter books at home. He decided on Harry Potter (the first one!) and one of his A to Z mysteries books. By that time, it was getting late so we headed home. It was a really fun evening and got me out of the house finally!

I woke up at 5:45am on Saturday and couldn’t go back to sleep. Benjamin was up by 6:30am and raring to go. I was able to convince him to watch cartoons for about an hour and then Howard woke up and they started playing. I took a quick nap and then was up again by 9:30ish. Then, we had to decide on what to do for the day. We’ve been struggling a little with money, but I got paid on Friday so we needed to take care of some errands around town. The boys needed haircuts and I needed to get my unibrow waxed so we went to do that first. We made a very quick trip to Walmart and then headed over to McDonald’s for a late lunch. Benjamin played while Howard and I watched for a little over an hour and then it was time to go home to watch a little football.

Once we were home, Benjamin and I played a few board games and made some crafts. He wanted to make Christmas cards so I made a paper garland while he made a snowman card that he wants to give to Granny and Papa. Howard watched some of his college football and then it was time to get going again. We headed out to the park so Benjamin could get a little more energy out and we stayed there until it was dark and cold and we felt a couple of rain drops.

Back home again, we just chilled for a little while, watching the end of the college football game and Benjamin took a bath. I worked on Howard’s dessert business page and then Howard cooked us dinner at home. While we were eating, we started watching Inside Out again. That is such a great movie! By the way, have you seen my Inside Out booklet of emotions? Once the movie was over, we sent the boy to bed and had a semi-relaxing evening (the boy kept getting up and begging to sleep in our room).

Sunday is all about going to church, having a little more family time, and then heading over to my dad’s house for Sunday dinner. We have a little routine on Sunday that takes up most of the day. We may try to sneak in another visit to the park or some board games on Sunday afternoon before going to my dad’s house.

Some of this may sound boring, but it’s our way of having a family fun weekend on a budget. For these types of weekend, I am thankful!

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What would you include in a family fun weekend on a budget?


  1. nicole says:

    I love spending time with my children. Even young adults want to spend quality time with their parents.

  2. lexie says:

    omg that is so scary!! I am glad that you recovered and that you had some fun with the family too!

  3. We are always budgeting and finding savings when enjoying a family weekend. I’m constantly looking online for codes, discounts and special offers to stretch our dollar and experiences.

  4. dawn says:

    A good budget is everything. my aunt and uncle thaught me about budgeting awhile back and it totally changed my life.

  5. I really do miss my boys being younger and getting to spend such quality time with them! I’m sorry to hear you weren’t feeling well and I wish you all the very best! 🙂

  6. Denise says:

    Glad you are feeling better, you need to watch the weather. Family time is so important

  7. CourtneyLynne says:

    Awww family time really is the best time!! Kids grow so fast we have to savor every second. Glad you’re feeling better!

  8. Rosey says:

    Family time is always a good time. Budget or not, the kids just like it when you spend time with them.

  9. I’m sorry to hear about pneumonia, it’s been going around like crazy. I know at least 5-7 people that have it right now.

  10. Bonnie @wemake7 says:

    I’m sorry you were feeling bad and glad you feel better now. Sounds like a great weekend spent.

  11. Pneumonia is a terrible illness to recover from. I had it last year and lost a friend to it. It’s great you are up and what a fun weekend on a budget.

  12. Rosey says:

    It doesn’t sound boring to me. That’s just the kind of time that is my favorite time. 🙂

  13. Sorry to hear about the pneumonia. I hope you feel better soon.

  14. Great to know that you are feeling a lot better know. Seems like you guys really made a fun filled weekend on a budget.

  15. Savannah Miller says:

    For family fun on a budget we always have a movie/game night. It cost about $5 to get a few snacks at the store. My boys love and it is a cheap way to spend time together as a family.

  16. I think I’d do a fall afternoon hike, maybe some baking and perhaps a simple meal out. Your ideas were great too!

  17. I hope you’re feeling better now. Pneumonia can drag on sometimes!

  18. Glad you are feeling better! Family time is pretty much my favorite thing to do – love being with my kiddos!

  19. Alli says:

    Glad you are feeling better! Inside Out is such a great move and I never get tired of watching it. You really don’t have to spend loads of money to make great family memories.

  20. Pam says:

    Sorry to hear you had pneumonia. When the kids lived at home, we had board game nights once a week.

  21. I am glad you are feeling better. We need to be better about fixing a budget for the weekends, at least my husband….

  22. Sounds like you had a great weekend with you family! And I’m glad to hear that you are feeling better 🙂

  23. What a wonderful, busy weekend. I love a fun-filled weekend on a budget. It’s totally possible to entertain everyone without spending a lot of money! It’s cute your kid wanted to make a snowman card- my daughter is always asking to make cards for the grandparents!

    • I agree totally–you do npt have to spend a lot of money to have a great time with your family!

  24. First of all so glad you are feeling better!!! You sound like you had a full weekend full of family fun–which really does not have to inclide spending a lot of money as you have proved!!

  25. Claire says:

    It’s always good to have fun on a budget, especially in the current financial climate. Enjoy creating new memories x

  26. Family time can never be considered boring, its a privilege most do not have. I am glad you’re on the mend and having fun with your family

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