The last week has been stressful. I don’t know exactly why other than the fact that I have been less patient, feeling pressure of getting some things done before the new baby is born – which will be anytime within the next three weeks or so. Also we had a vacation last week, so perhaps getting back into routine was harder?
Homeschooling has been moving along, chores are getting done, books are being read, times with each child and with my husband have been intentional, I’ve been reading my Bible and praying and seeking the Lord, but I have felt a bit disconnected and restless this week.
At any rate, I decided we really needed to do something really fun together or I just might lose my mind.
So, because I know my children would love it, I decided to declare Friday to be Frozen Fun Friday – the night before. We’ve enjoyed the movie, Frozen, and the girls received the dolls during our family pre-baby vacation, so I knew it would be a hit.
Here is my Pinterest board with Frozen Fun. I checked out these ideas and figured out what I already had at home, considering it was 10:30 at night when I had the idea for a Frozen Fun Friday that would be happening the next day.
I came up with a plan:
Food: Organic Yogurt Squeezies straight from the freezer (because they’re frozen), Sven sandwiches, Olaf quesadillas, Olaf noses (carrots), and popsicles (well, because they are also frozen)
Activities: Make snowflake hair clips, paint nails with sparkly nail polish, Elsa and Anna coloring pages, build a snowman (with the printable shown on Pinterest), listen to the audio book version of The Snow Queen, by Hans Christian Anderson (which the movie is “based” on, but is nothing at all like!), read The Big Snow, by Berta Hader and Elmer Hader and Katy and the Big Snow, by Virginia Lee Burton, make Olaf shirts (and a onesie for the new baby), and of course watch the movie itself
We also had great discussions on sacrificing for others, love, healthy communication, forgiveness, and family. I am pleasantly surprised how many discussions about Truth and real life can come from this story. We read these Scriptures and talked about them throughout the day, too.
“Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13 ESV)
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16 ESV)
“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” (1 Corinthians 13:4-7 ESV)
Sometimes we have to break from routine and plan some fun. These quality times really mean a lot to me and fill me up beyond refreshing. We definitely had a lot of fun, and the children were so excited throughout the day to see what we were going to do next. In fact, as soon as I told them that we were having “Frozen Fun Friday,” they immediately ran to their rooms to dress up like Anna and Elsa. Then they wore the outfits they came up with throughout the whole day.
And I feel quite a bit better, too. Fun does that sometimes.
What do you do when more fun is calling?