Day 16 – Thankful for Family Time on Sundays

Sunday afternoons and evenings have to be one of my favorite times of the week. We all gather at my dad’s house for some family time and we share a meal while the cousins get to play and have a blast together. Today, I’m thankful for family time on Sundays.

Family Time on Sundays - backyard fun

For about the past year, my dad has been working on this play area in his backyard for my son and my niece. He has been gathering up scraps and things found at garage sales and piecing it together. We have been waiting for the perfect time to get back out there and play and this Sunday seemed like the perfect time. Benjamin and P had a blast climbing the ladder and sliding down over and over and we just laughed and cheered them on.

Family time on Sundays is such a special time for my family. We usually head over to my dad’s house around 3pm on Sunday and he’s always cooking up a special meal for us all. We watch football (or America’s Funniest Videos) and visit about the week and what we’ve all been up to. We miss my older sister and younger brother, but they both live far away. My younger sister and her family are also in town so they are always there as well. It’s just become a tradition and my dad and stepmom have a hard time going a week without seeing the grandkids. Honestly, the cousins have a hard time going a week without seeing each other!

Benjamin and P (my niece, age 2) are good buds. They play so well together and they can get each other giggling at the drop of a hat (usually at the dinner table, no doubt). Since neither of them have a sibling and will likely not get a sibling, it is great that they are growing up together like this. Benjamin has always wanted a little brother or sister and he feels like P is just that.

So, today I am thankful for family time on Sundays with my extended family.

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  1. Aw family time is indeed the best. Sometimes our days are so rushed, it’s nice to stop and get together with our loved ones. It’s actually something I yearn for my son, both my parents work and are crazy busy, and his paternal grandmother is, to put it nicely, not the most pleasant person to be around. It makes me sad that he is missing out on these relationships, but I do get together with my sister and niece and nephew often, so at least he has them in his life.
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  2. lexie says:

    I love that you guys have this special time, the same day every week. We are a military family so were are so far from all of our family because of that.
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  3. A designated day of the week where our family gathers together would be so nice to have, but we do not. This is a lovely thing to add to your list.
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  4. Your son is so cute! Family time is at the top of my Thankful list too!
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  5. Your son is adorable. Spending time with family is always the best.. I am always thankful for my family.
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  6. Cute kiddo! Family time is the best!
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  7. I am thankful that I have tomorrow and Monday. Bummed that I have to work all weekend though.

  8. Eileen says:

    It is so nice to have family and routines – great memories they will make
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  9. we used to do that with my in-laws before we moved. i kind of miss it.

  10. Lexie says:

    That is so great that you all have a day<3 me and my daughter do Wednesday night dinners at my mom and dads house. I live an hour away but work a few mins from their house. So our time to spend is after work! Love this post and the playground! So special he built it for them. LifeAsLex
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  11. This is so sweet. I love that you get to play with your family every week!
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  12. Tina says:

    What a great play area! We love our Sunday family time too!
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  13. ahhhh so jealous- we used to do this when all of my brothers lived in town but they have since moved away & it stinks! 😉
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  14. That’s a great play area! Your son is lucky to get family time with cousins!
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  15. Aw, I love that your family gets together on Sunday afternoons. We live about an hour and a half from my in laws and my parents are out of state so we don’t see them weekly but we all love it when they visit!
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  16. It is lovely to spend some quality time with family, especially when work means you don’t get to spend as much time as you want with them!

  17. Erin says:

    We love Sunday family time! It is truly a blessing!
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  18. I agree that family time is such a blessing. I love your play set!
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