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You may remember from our night at Roller City that we gave the gift of time to each other for Christmas this year.

February's outing was planned by Grace and it was a movie night. Since we knew that a movie we wanted to see was coming to the local theater in early March we pushed our February outing back just a couple of days and actually did the February fun on March 2nd. ๐Ÿ™‚

We went to our favorite movie theater, The Charles Theater, which is run by volunteers in Charles City, Iowa. Since it is run by volunteers the prices are low and super affordable for a family outing.

The movie we saw was A Dog's Way Home. It was cute and left this momma a little teary eyed. I'm kind of a sucker for a good animal movie though. ๐Ÿ™‚ Here is a short blurb from their website about the movie:

As a puppy, Bella finds her way into the arms of Lucas, a young man who gives her a good home. When Bella becomes separated from Lucas, she soon finds herself on an epic 400-mile journey to reunite with her beloved owner. Along the way, the lost but spirited dog touches the lives of an orphaned mountain lion, a down-on-his-luck veteran and some friendly strangers who happen to cross her path.

The most important part of going to the movie was going together as a family! We enjoyed time together, a few treats, and a heartwarming story. We also adopted a new name for our cat that already has ten names. We have now added Big Kitten to the list, as that was one of the characters in the movie. ๐Ÿ™‚ Our poor cat has no idea what his real name is at this point.

Stay tuned to see what our March gift of time is, Grace had that one, too! I am sure it will be lots of fun!

Have you seen A Dog's Way Home? Anyone tried the envelope idea with giving the gift of time?

From the gravel road-



Happy Friday!  What a crazy week of polar vortex it has been, 4 snow days in a row is wild!  I think the girls were starting to get tired of not being able to play outside and get some fresh air, one probably wouldnโ€™t admit it, but I think she was even excited to get back to school today!

At Christmas time as a fun family gift we decided to give the gift of time to each other. I gave each person in our family three manila envelopes with different dates on the front. Each person had to plan a fun family event for the month and put it in the envelope and then on the 1st of the month we will open the envelope and make plans to do the family activity.

Ellie had January and she had roller skating and supper out in her envelope.  We truly had every intention on going to Roller City on a Tuesday night, but the weather has not cooperated. So...we did our January outing tonight on February 1st!  ๐Ÿ™‚

Roller City is such a fun local place for all ages. I remember going to Roller City as a child and I think the best part of going as an adult is how it doesnโ€™t feel much different, it is like a blast back into the past especially when they play songs by Tiffany!

We are super excited to open our February envelope! ย I told them they had to wait until tomorrow since we did our January fun today. ๐Ÿ˜‰

What fun things do you do as a family? Any ideas for us?

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