Value One: Saturday is devoted to play
We are very religious about observing our Saturday play day. I will never take a job where I have to work on Saturday and my husband is serious about not putting in over-time hours on this day. We go to church Sunday morning but Saturday is our Sabbath day; the day where we don't do anything we have to do. Chores, cleaning, shopping and errands wait until Sunday afternoon whenever possible or else we try to accomplish these tasks during the week.
Value Two: We make family time a priority on the weekend
I love taking a weekend away with my girlfriends or joining a group of friends for a day of ski touring. My husband anticipates his next mountaineering trip or back-country ski day. We also try to get away as a couple at least once or twice a year. Those trips aside, weekends are reserved for us to spend time together as a family. We hike together with our toddler, we ski together and pull him in a pulk, we do back-packing trips, and we go camping. I can't wait for the day when we are doing glacier traverses, all three of us tied into the same rope and working as a family team to summit a mountain. It seriously puts goosebumps on my arms and tears in my eyes to think of the fun that awaits us when Noah is old enough to carry a back-pack and join us for some hard-core adventure.
Value Three: We play together
Closely connected to value number two is that we play together and enjoy the same sports, hobbies and passions. I don't want to be that family where mom drops little Jimmy off to play soccer Saturday morning and then runs off to her yoga class while Jennie is at her girlfriend's house and Dad is at home working in the yard. I apologize if I've just described your family and I really didn't intend to use the word "that" with a condescending tone. These are again, our values and don't have to be your values. We are very blessed as a family that we share the same interests and can bond in our free time doing what we are passionate about. I deeply hope that my son will grow up loving the mountains too. So far he loves going skiing and hiking with us as it's all he's ever known. I don't think he realizes yet that there are different things he could be doing on a Saturday afternoon.
Value Four: We preserve our own unique personalities in the family
My husband is much more hard-core than I am when it comes to mountaineering, skiing or climbing. I'm a hiker through and through. Therefore it's important that I encourage him to take a day or weekend away to pursue what he is most passionate about. I myself love Zumba and yoga so Mark watches Noah while I take classes in the evening. I'm sure that Noah will have unique interests and passions as well and it will be important to nurture his talents without forcing him to conform to a family mold.
|Memories to treasure|
|Just another day in paradise|
What are your family values?
What do you enjoy doing together as a family?
|Rain, snow, sun, we're always together|
|Father and son|