It never ceases to amaze me that some of the things that my kids get the most excited about in life are so simple. I mean, if my husband and I say that we are going to get a little fire going in the fire pit, the kids jump up and down likes it’s Christmas… well almost just like that. None the less, they excitedly jump around and start yelling for s’mores. Now why is this so exciting? We make s’mores all the time using the microwave to slightly melt the chocolate and puff up the marshmallows.
But that just doesn’t compare to the experience of making s’mores over the open fire.
Besides the fact that they get to have extremely sharp roasting sticks, which is a novelty in and of itself for them, they get to “play with fire.” As you can imagine, having three boys, I try to avoid sharp objects… and fire… and sugar, the other major component of this. Maybe that is why it is so exciting. This combines sugar, sharp objects, and fire– all of the forbidden elements of my little boys’ lives.
Of course, it wouldn’t be as exciting if someone didn’t catch a marshmallow on fire either. In fact, I think that we may lose as many marshmallows to being consumed by fire as what actually end up edible. My middle son always says that he didn’t mean for the marshmallow catch on fire, but really, when he holds the marshmallow a bit too close to the flame, and it actually does catch on fire, I think he is secretly satisfied with himself.
Even though we did this several times this summer, and now into fall, there is something special about the family gathering together around the fire pit, talking, laughing, and just enjoying a little family time. It’s not a big event, but it’s fun. It’s not expensive, bit it’s memorable.
I hope that when my boys grow up and have families of their own, and when they roast marshmallows over a fire to make s’mores, they can’t help but be drawn back in time to the memories made this year.
Even though this ends up to be a sticky, face-and-clothes-covered-in-chocolate-kind-of-mess for my trio, I can’t help but be a bit amused by it all.
Spending time together as a family is what it is all about– making memories together by just being together and actually enjoying being around each other. There are so many ways to spend quality family time together, and it doesn’t cost anything:
- Movie night– my kids love to pick a movie that we watch together as a family– of course, enjoyed with some popcorn and M&M’s!
- Game night– I don’t know why, but it is something special for the kids when my husband and I play the Wii or xbox with them. They play all the time by themselves or even with each other, but they get so excited for us to play with them.
- Picnic in the park– go to a local park. Let the kids play, then take lunch, a snack, or just popsicles to enjoy.
- Ice cream sundae bar– letting the kids have ice cream is one thing, but let them top it with hot fudge, caramel, sprinkles, whipped cream, etc… it is all of a sudden an exciting event.
- Camp out at home– yes, this one is going to probably have your back hurting for a couple of days (at least it did for me!). We set up a tent in the basement in the winter and put sleeping bags in it and the kids loved it! I loved that they had fun, but I also loved sleeping in my bed the next night. It makes it worth it though that a year later, they are still talking about the camp out in the basement and wondering when we can do another.
- Outdoor fun– take a hike, go bike riding, play basketball, soccer… you get the idea.
I see for myself, and any parent will tell you, that the time that you have with your children flies by all too quickly. Make the most of each day. Take the time to make s’more memories.