30 Jul Be Silly With Your Family, Here are 7 Reasons Why
Every summer we go and spend a week at Grandma’s house on the Grizzly Rose. It’s a beautiful nature preserve where Grandma happens to live with super creative Papa Dave who turned a dump into a gem. But what makes it truly magical is spending precious time with our extended family.
We were missing one that fell asleep inside.
Our family on my side is pretty small, so when we go visit my husband’s family where kids abound, it’s super special. And it’s not just a bunch of kids hanging out, they ALL play together. The older kids play with the younger and you don’t often find them individually. Since we only get this privilege a few days out of the year, we always want to make the most of it.
This year we stumbled upon something that has made our trip extra awesome and will live on in our hearts forever.
It started off as a normal day at the splash pad and river walk and turned into an epic family adventure. We discovered an amphitheater with a grassy hillside, and when you sit at just the right angle it looks like you’re jumping into the river. We were being silly, pretending to jump into the water and filming it over and over again.
When we got home and watched the videos together, an idea was born to make a funny little movie out of it. This random little video clip turned into the best bonding experience for our family.
So I wanted to share with you some of the great things that were born out of our silly little video which you can also watch at the end of this post!
1. Quality time together.
We filmed videos, brainstormed, listened to music and sound effects, edited and watched the final product many times. All of that we did together. It was a group project that everyone was interested and invested in, so we spent a lot of time all together. From the toddler to the college student, everyone enjoyed it.
Since we were coming up with silly names for characters, places and story lines we giggled and laughed a ton! The sillier we got, the more fun we had and the better the video became.
Everyone played a role in the making of the video. We worked together and even took votes on split decisions. And no one was ever disappointed if they didn’t get their way because it was all just so silly.
This project wasn’t just given to us. We worked on it and created it from scratch. This allowed everyone to take ownership of it, feel proud of their efforts and get excited to show their friends what they made. There may even be talk of an annual series in the works. Stay tuned…
Since we only see each other for a handful of days each year, it takes a little bit sometimes for everyone to come out of their shells. This was a great opportunity for all of the kids to open up and get to know each other better and take down shy barrier walls.
6. Ordinary Can Become Extraordinary
You don’t have to spend a lot of money or suddenly have amazing abilities. We just took a mundane, everyday thing like a super short video clip and with a little bit of group creativity turned it into something extra special.
7. Lifelong Memory
It’s a two and half minute video of absolute silliness that will last in our hearts and memories our entire lives. And we can watch it any time to warm our hearts and bring a smile to our face because of our precious time with family.
And without further ado, here is our epic-ly (sure, that’s a word) silly summer movie…