... Family Surfing Night ...

For links to our Family Surfing Nights, scroll to the bottom of this page.
You're sure to find something that will make you laugh!

We're definitely a plugged in family.
If I had a quarter
for every time I told my kids it was time to unplug from the Matrix 
... Internet! FaceBook! Texting! XBox! Wii! Gameboy! etc!. etc! etc! ...
I would most definitely be a millionaire. 

Not, of coursethat **I** ever need to be reminded to unplug.  

But one day when I watched my kids sitting around laughing together at goofy YouTube videos, it occurred to me that okay, technology doesn't necessarily mean we're all huddled alone in dark corners lurking over screens, only communicating with each other in monosyllabic grunts. It isn't all bad.  

We're always looking for fun things to do together as a family, and why not integrate what the kids already love doing into a family tradition?

Thus, Family Surfing Night was born.

Here's how it's done ... 

We gather in the family room with our laptops.  

Everyone shows the best/funniest/favorite thing they've found while surfing the webbernets of late, and we vote for the best one.

Videos are limited to (approximately) 3 minutes in length.

The WINNER shall be the proud and much envied recipient of the Family Surfing Night Trophy, to be affixed to the refrigerator with their name upon it for all to see:

The whole family enjoys Family Surfing Night, and the kids are always up for it.
They ask to do it, if you must know.
They look forward to it.  
They plan for it.

It may not exactly be the loftiest activity ever engaged in by a family, but the friendly competition to come up with the best, funniest, most inspiring, neatest video keeps everyone on the lookout for something great.  And if it gathers together for an hour or so the people I love most in the whole world, and we laugh, and we kid, and we talk ... that's quite good enough for me.

If you try it with your family, 

let me know ... I think you'll love it!

 ... click the links below to see what we've found that's FUN ...
Family Surfing Night #1 ... Minecraft, Princesses & Whoa!
Family Surfing Night #2 ... Batman and My Little Pony
Family Surfing Night #3 ... lies about homeschoolers and ToyStory
Family Surfing Night #4 ... handhugs, bananas and a laugh chain
Family Surfing Night #5 ... TobyTurner, Olan Rogers, Mighty Mouse
Family Surfing Night #6 ... first time audio, flashmob and a wedding
Family Surfing Night #7 ... screaming goats.  Need I say more?
Family Surfing Night #8 ... a flashmob, Nun-chucks and Minecraft
Family Surfing Night #9 ... synchronized swimming and Steam Powered Giraffe
Family Surfing Night #10 ... first ever FSN tie! 
Family Surfing Night #11 ... fireworks, DarthVader, and Chuck Norris
Family Surfing Night #12 ... we're happy, reading Psalms and radioactive
Family Surfing Night #13 ... babies, barber shops, and signs
Family Surfing Night #14 ... our favorite genie, magic chairs and steampunk

Shared joy is doubled joy ... let's double the joy for both of us - what are you most grateful for today? Click below to leave your comment. I'll go first :