In my college and early married years, I couldn’t imagine a Friday night spent at home. As an extrovert, I was always ready to be going, doing, and hanging out with anyone and everyone. Friday nights were meant to be spent out and about. While I remain my very extroverted self, Friday nights look different and they are exactly as I would want them at this stage in our life. I should start off by saying most of our Friday nights look like this, but with my husband being a third-year internal medicine resident, we don’t get to spend every Friday night together. But when we’re all home, this is where we are. Home. We really like our Friday nights at home. And we make them special. Our Friday night tradition might not be that different from other families, but it feels special to us and we protect it. The two elements that make up our family Friday nights are:
- Homemade pizza
- Family-friendly movie
Super fancy, right?! You’re probably thinking, “That’s not that special. Lots of families spend their Fridays the same way!” And you’re right. It doesn’t necessarily look special to the outside world. What makes it special is that everybody gets the kind of pizza they love: pepperoni for the boys, sausage + pepperoni +black olives + mushrooms for The Hubby, no cheese for me, please. The specialness comes in choosing a movie based on the tastes and interests of our family members.
And the ultimate level of “special” comes from the five of us being home, being together, and looking forward to it every week. Your family might not eat pizza. They might not find joy in movie nights. It’s the tradition of regular, well-guarded family time we’re focusing on. We all find comfort in it. We find stability in our family Friday nights. We’re at our best as a family when we are united like this often. Many nights I’m not sure what we’re going to have for dinner or what the plan is. Those nights often result in frustration and I’m trying to get better about planning ahead. But not Fridays. We’ve got Fridays down. It’s not hard, it’s not fancy, but it’s important and we will press on with our pizza and movies in the name of family.
A few resources if a homemade pizza + movie night sounds like the thing for your family: