Living Like Little House in the Big Woods ~ Family Night

by Merissa on January 7, 2011

in Living Like Little House

For the last couple weeks me and the hubby have been reading through the Little House in the Big Woods book. Now we are starting on the next book in the series. Even though I've read them hundreds of times before it's fun to read back through with the hubby. (To re-read them we have to buy a new copy of the series because mine is falling apart it's so worn out!) Something that's a reoccurring theme in the Little House in the Big Woods is all the stories that Pa tells the girls.

"And then, Pa told stories. When Laura and Mary begged him for a story, he would take them on his knees and tickle their faces with his long whiskers until they laughed out loud." ~ Little House in the Big Woods p. 39

Laura lists at least 5 stories in the Little House in the Big Woods that Pa tells. It's obvious that it was a way of life for them. They didn't sit around the t at night(not that they had the option) they told their own stories. Not only did Pa tell stories, he also played with the girls and played music for them.

"Sometimes, when Pa had walked his traplines quickly because the traps were empty, or when he had got game sooner than usual, he would come home early. Then he would have time to play with Laura and Mary." ~ Little House in the Big Woods p.34

When we invite people over to our house, or even when it's just us, me and the hubby love to play games. We have a whole huge closet full of board and card games. The best advice we got when asking for wedding gifts was to register for board games. They were fun for people to give and we loved getting them! I've added to the game collection by purchasing more games at garage sales and thrift stores. If you buy them used just check inside to see if all of the pieces are there. I've never had an issue with buying used games and I hardly ever pay over $2 for an entire game.

Ok I'm straying from my main point. Even though Laura didn't have tv like we have today they probably wouldn't have had one in their home anyways (they probably wouldn't have been able to afford it) Something we may not think about all the time that's costing us money is having family time. What are we doing when we have family time? Going to the park? Going to a movie? Going out to eat? Each of those things cost money, either for the activity or for gas(unless you live next to the park!) Those things might be fun to do every so once in a while but maybe, if you haven't already, set aside a night to have a stay-in family game night. Take turns reading a book outloud. Make cookies together and then play a card game. Having family game night isn't just fun, it's thrifty!

Make sure you read the entire Living Like Little House series!

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1 Gwen Valentino January 7, 2011 at 7:01 pm

What a wonderful, peaceful idea! We are always on the go 🙂 It would be nice to have one night we do something “special” like stay in and read together! Although my husband does stories before bedtime, it would be fun to have it as an activity instead of a prelude to bed!!


2 Betty September 18, 2011 at 6:34 am

Beautiful ideas! My children and I use to play games at night, too. Now that they are all grown, they have these wonderful memories to take with them. (I am not a TV fan myself) 🙂


3 Judy December 9, 2012 at 9:29 pm

We love to play games and will often gather ’round, after supper,when our married kids and their families come home for a visit…with our 8 still at home, we have tons of fun; especially when it’s girls/ladies against the boys/guys!
Happy to have found your blog today! Looking forward to more visits here!


4 RevAllyson May 6, 2013 at 12:40 pm

We often spend time together as a family. We happen to live close to our park, as well as within walking distance of several little friends, so it isn’t unusual for evenings to be filled with squealing children either sledding or ru nning through the sprinkler, depending on the season. 😉 We’re also becoming a local curiosity – the place to go to see “a real garden”. People around here put in tomatoes and beans, but they don’t grow to the extent we do, and it’s neat for them.

I read to the kids most nights, and sometimes everyone else comes and sits around too. Then there’s sewing and knitting, arts of all kinds, games, cooking (special stuff like cookies or pies), and even dehydrating and freezing. 🙂


5 Tracey December 31, 2013 at 6:11 pm



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