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Questions for all!!!
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Tue, 05-27-2003 - 3:30pm
How many hours do you work per day and per week (on average)?

How many hours does your spouse work per day and per week (on average)?

In what hobbies do you, personally, participate? About what amount of time do these activities take up (per day, week, or month)?

In what hobbies does your spouse participate? About what amount of time do these activities take up (per day, week, or month)?

In what hobbies or activities do you and your spouse participate together? About what amount of time do these activities take up (per day, week, or month)?

In what hobbies or activities do your children participate? About what amount of time do these activities take up (per day, week, or month)?

In what activities does your family participate together? About what amount of time do these activities take up (per day, week, or month)?

What do you feel is most important when considering activities for one, some or all of your family?

What do you feel is most important when it comes to "family time" in your family?

What do you wish could be different wrt activities for your family?

How does transportation work for the different activities in which your family participates?

Okmrsmommy-36, CPmom to DD-16 and DS-14

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Tue, 05-27-2003 - 4:40pm
I'll play:

How many hours do you work per day and per week (on average)?

***40

How many hours does your spouse work per day and per week (on average)?

***40

In what hobbies do you, personally, participate? About what amount of time do these activities take up (per day, week, or month)? In what hobbies does your spouse participate? About what amount of time do these activities take up (per day, week, or month)?

***Aside from DH's occasional video game use we don't have any "hobbies" (I assume you mean stuff like scrabooking or gardening right?)

In what hobbies or activities do you and your spouse participate together? About what amount of time do these activities take up (per day, week, or month)?


*** We attend church and hang out with our church friends at least twice a week.

In what hobbies or activities do your children participate? About what amount of time do these activities take up (per day, week, or month)? In what activities does your family participate together? About what amount of time do these activities take up (per day, week, or month)?


*** We all attend church together.

What do you feel is most important when considering activities for one, some or all of your family?

**** That we all enjoy our participation in said activity.

What do you feel is most important when it comes to "family time" in your family?

*** Not sure what you mean by that! I think its important for us to spend time together in whatever form that takes. As long as we enjoy our life, which we do.

What do you wish could be different wrt activities for your family?

*** Nothing

How does transportation work for the different activities in which your family participates?

**** We have the car & mass transit...our toddler doesn't have individual activities yet.

Ana
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Tue, 05-27-2003 - 5:41pm
Dh works around 10 hours a day, 5 days a week. If you add the time he spends outside the office he averages around 55-60 hours per week.

I play Bunco once a month with my girlfrieds. We play for about 3-4 hours each month. I read alot. I don't know how much time that takes up. I also like gardening. The amount of time I spend gardening is inversely proportional to the average temp outside. In the winter I spend a few hours every week gardening. In the summer I force myself to do whatever needs doing. I work out 4 times a week. That takes about 12 hours a week. Cooking is also a hobby of mine. My family is happy to have me spend as much time cooking as possible since they all like to eat. I have also started running in road races (with my oldest son). I plan on entering 1-2 races a month.

Dh likes golf. He doesn't have alot of time to play golf. He would play more if the kids could play with him. He took the older boys to the driving range yesterday and is pushing me to get my oldest lessons so he can play more. Dh likes tinkering with stereo equipment and car audio/stereo equipment. Lucky me. My car has a kick @ss stereo thanks to his little hobby. The amount of time he spends on this varies.

We really don't participate in hobbies together. We both like concerts and we attend a few concerts a year together. We also like sports and we watch alot of games together. But those aren't really hobbies.

My older 2 sons are allowed one sport per season. Football takes up 10 hours a week for Aaron. Zack wants to play roller hockey. I am not sure how much time that will take up. They both play lacrosse which takes up about 6 hours per week during the season. Aaron has hebrew school 3 hours a week during the school year. Zack will start next school year. Zack will start piano lessons this summer. That will take up about 7 hours a week. Aaron/Zack are each allowed one afterschool activity a week. Those are 1 hour a week immediately after school. Joe goes to preschool 3 days a week, 4 hours at a time. That's enough activity for a 4 year old.

We don't have that many "planned" outings that we participate in together. We have season tickets (half season package) to the Florida Panthers hockey games. We attend most of the games we have tickets for. Aaron and I run road races together. Dh and the older boys go the driving range together. We swim together. We go to local happenings. We spend alot of time together mostly just hanging around. We attend the kids sporting events.

The activity has to be one the kids love. Our lives are fast paced and busy. We only allow one sport/activity at a time (exception for piano lessons) so the kids know that they need to pick carefully. I want the kids to be interested in things so that when they are teens they have interests to keep them busy. I think TOO MUCH idle time is what gets some teens in trouble. I am also interested in activities where the kids REALLY learn about somethng in depth. I am not a fan of rec sports leauges where the kids have a few practices before the season starts and then a whole bunch of games with no more practices. They never really learn the sport that way.

I think the most important thing about family time is that it happens. We don't have any rules. Yesterday we spent the day swimming, watching tv, and hanging around the pool together.

I wish I could let the kids participate in more activities. But with 3 kids there have to be limits.

How does transportation work for the different activities in which your family participates?

I arrange everything. If I need dh's help I ask, but for the most part I plan it, I take them, and I pick them up. I have friends that will help me out in a jam. I help them out also.

Jenna

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Tue, 05-27-2003 - 5:51pm
OOOH, fun!


"How many hours do you work per day and per week (on average)? " 4-12 hours/day, 40 hours per week

"How many hours does your spouse work per day and per week (on average)?"

4-6 hours per day, 20 hours per week - he's a grad student

"In what hobbies do you, personally, participate? About what amount of time do these activities take up (per day, week, or month)? " I sew and quilt whenever - but I'm working on a masters thesis, so I haven't done it in a long time!

"In what hobbies does your spouse participate? About what amount of time do these activities take up (per day, week, or month)? " He plays softball a couple of times a week during the summer - and once in a while he does a campus radio show. Probably 0 - 10 hours per week

"In what hobbies or activities do you and your spouse participate together? About what amount of time do these activities take up (per day, week, or month)? " I bring the baby to DH's softball games and we all go out after for a quick beer - also, we spend a LOT of time at the lakefront camp my parents own in the summer - swim/kayak/canoe/sail,etc.

"In what hobbies or activities do your children participate? About what amount of time do these activities take up (per day, week, or month)? "DD (2 years old now) goes along to about all of them.

"In what activities does your family participate together? About what amount of time do these activities take up (per day, week, or month)? " see above

"What do you feel is most important when considering activities for one, some or all of your family? " It'll probably change as DD expresses an interest in activities - now, we just do what we love doing, and make it work for us all

"What do you feel is most important when it comes to "family time" in your family?" DD right now has either me or DH home with her (except the one day a week she goes to grandma). Sundays we spend together, no matter what - doesn't matter what we do, we are just all three together all day.

"What do you wish could be different wrt activities for your family?" DD is starting to be really fun as far as going places, doing things. DH is home more during the day, I'd like to do more stuff with her.

"How does transportation work for the different activities in which your family participates? " Half the time, one of us is going to work the other going home, so we take two cars and do the great baby swap in between!

Fun....thanks!

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Tue, 05-27-2003 - 6:25pm
thanks melissa!! i was getting soooooo bored with the other threads.


How many hours do you work per day and per week (on average)? 8/day, 40/wk

How many hours does your spouse work per day and per week (on average)? same

In what hobbies do you, personally, participate? About what amount of time do these activities take up (per day, week, or month)? right now, i stay on this board WAY to much, but i do gardening, and walk. i love to read magazines, and cross stitch. havent cross stitched in ages, probably since i started working full time over six years ago.

i cant begin to think of how much time they take up. a couple hours a night i guess.

In what hobbies does your spouse participate? About what amount of time do these activities take up (per day, week, or month)? he loves to putter in the yard, work on the cars, help neighbors with stuff. he also shoots pool every tuesday night, which is where he is right now!! again, a few hours a night. pool is from around 5:30pm until midnight.

In what hobbies or activities do you and your spouse participate together? About what amount of time do these activities take up (per day, week, or month)? um, this is very personal, and i refuse to answer on the grounds that i will gross out my sister!! oh, and we garden....

In what hobbies or activities do your children participate? About what amount of time do these activities take up (per day, week, or month)? the boy watches tv, and we pull him off of it every chance we get!! hes not involved in school activities, because he does not want to spend anymore time there than he has to!! he loves computer games, and works out a lot. rides his bike, and helps in the yard. he also builds model airplanes and talks to friends on the phone and i.m.

In what activities does your family participate together? About what amount of time do these activities take up (per day, week, or month)? we travel a good bit, as we are always going to the coast to see our dd. we work in the yard together, and get stuff done around the house, go to dinner, and shop, shop, shop!!

What do you feel is most important when considering activities for one, some or all of your family? who feels the most strongly about what.

What do you feel is most important when it comes to "family time" in your family? our kids are all older now, and love to "do their own thing", per se. when they were younger, we played lots of board games, cards etc.

What do you wish could be different wrt activities for your family? nothing really. we're all pretty happy, just chillin.

How does transportation work for the different activities in which your family participates? we have always had two cars, or three. when the kids were home and driving, they drove themselves, and helped with the "little boy". when dd was in sports we would ride together to see her.

i know we sound really boring, but our kids are 2/3 gone, and we're tired. we chill a lot. LOL



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Tue, 05-27-2003 - 6:27pm
>>>How many hours do you work per day and per week (on average)? <<<

usually about 5-6.5 hours a day, for an average of 20-25 hours a week WOH. Now, I still do my work from home as I get it, and that really just varies depending on what time of the year it is.

>>>How many hours does your spouse work per day and per week (on average)?<<<

Zero

>>>In what hobbies do you, personally, participate? About what amount of time do these activities take up (per day, week, or month)?<<<

I spend most of my "hobby time" either scrapbooking or reading. During the school year, I scrapbook with my girlfriend usually one day a week from 9am until 3pm while the kids are in school. During the summer...well, we will see how it goes. My girlfriend and I take a class together once a month, and the classes are 2 hours long. I tend to read at night after the kids are in bed, when and if I take a bubble bath....usually for an hour. I do occasionally read in the day when I get a break, and I read often at work as well.

>>>In what hobbies does your spouse participate? About what amount of time do these activities take up (per day, week, or month)?<<<

DH's only "hobby" really is wood-working. I mean, he loves other things like going to races, but only does that once a year and takes a weekend when he does that. Woodworking? Well, it just depends on how he is feeling. On a good week, he might spend 30 hours piddling with my grandpa or his buddy or his dad. On a bad week, he might spend none, or maybe 5 hours.

>>>In what hobbies or activities do you and your spouse participate together? About what amount of time do these activities take up (per day, week, or month)?<<<

Well, we don't really have any combined hobbies other than woodworking and interior decorating. I design what I want, he helps to bring my design to a "reality design", he builds it, I paint it, and we place it. That is something we both really enjoy, and are slowly making our way through our own home doing it. If other people would stop requesting we build beds or desks or whatever for them, it would be going faster! lol

>>>In what hobbies or activities do your children participate? About what amount of time do these activities take up (per day, week, or month)?<<<

DD has piano once a week for just under an hour, and son will also have piano this fall, but only for 30 minutes. DD had girlscouts this past year, which was one night every other week (hour each time), DS played soccer last fall, with two practices and one game per week, and then we had their church activities which we are no longer doing until we find a new church, and they are both playing t-ball this year, taking 1--2 hours twice a week. This coming year, the kids will have piano (as mentioned above), the kids both want to play soccer in the fall & spring, basketball in the winter, and t-ball in the summer. We play through the YMCA, so none of these overlap. They are short seasons, and don't require a lot of weekly time. Through the Y we also do swimming lessons once a week for an hour. DD's schedule may change from what she wants, though because she wants to start "cheerleading stuff" this fall. That means gymnastics, cheer, and maybe dance classes at our local gym. When we find out times for this, etc, it will determine whether she gets to do the sports too, or if she has to make a choice.

>>>In what activities does your family participate together? About what amount of time do these activities take up (per day, week, or month)?<<<

Skating. We like to go on Thursday evenings where the kids get a lesson from 6-7, and then the free skate is from 7-9. DH can't actually skate with us, but he watches, and when we get tired or whatever, we rest with him. We try to do something together once a week for 2-4 hours, whether it is going to a museum, the zoo, bowling, skating, the mall or whatever. That doesn't always happen, but we try. Then, of coarse, is our regular stuff at home, which could include about anything. DD and DH watch Sci-Fi every Friday night. For some reason they love that new show that Shannon Doherty is on. (I think it is Fri night).

>>>What do you feel is most important when considering activities for one, some or all of your family?<<<

First is has to be something the person wants to do (duh), and then time is considered. What else do we have going then? Who is going to get them there? where is it? Does this mean we have no "free day" at all through the week? While I am adament that our family have time to do whatever activities they want to do, I am also adament that we do have some "blow-off" time too.

>>>What do you feel is most important when it comes to "family time" in your family?<<<

That we are there. It might just be me and the kids or just DH and the kids, but it is really important that we get some time together where we don't have any obligations.

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That my husband could be more reliable. As it is now, I take care of probably 90% of the running for activities b/c he is just not real reliable right now.

>>>How does transportation work for the different activities in which your family participates?<<<

I do most all of the transporting unless I just can't. Then I tell DH he needs to. This is something that really limits the kids on what activities they can do b/c there is only one of me.

Okmrsmommy-36, CPmom to DD-16 and DS-14

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Tue, 05-27-2003 - 7:21pm
Dh works 40 hours a week.He runs every day,and does a few marathons a year.

I walk a lot and swim(not a graceful or particularly good swimmer,though).I read *a lot*.

My ds,almost 8, swims once a week and "fences" once a week and goes to an afterschool program twice a week that does sports and free play.My dd goes to preschool and plays outside a lot in good weather and takes a swim class once a week in the summer and does things like gymnastics and dance in the winter.They go to a sports/free play class on weekends together and they swim one time on the weekend together.They both ride their bikes a lot in good weather.

Dh takes then to all things after 5;I do all things before 5.

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Tue, 05-27-2003 - 7:42pm
Oh this is a nice break! I'll play!...................................


How many hours a week do you work? I work 2 days/evenings a week, 5p-11p, 12 hrs a week total

how many hours does your spouse work per day/week? About 45 a week. Hourly can be 8 or 10 hour shifts, depends. He sometimes works 4 tens and sometimes 5 8's (depends on time of year, etc)

In what hobbies do you personally participate? I run 30-45 minutes per day. I read every night (is reading a hobby, lol?). I x-country ski and snowboard in the winter, anywhere from once a week to once a month since its totally weather dependent. In the summer I garden, an average of 1 hr a day or so. Also hiking and fishing (all of us) couple times a month)

In what hobbies does your spouse participate? Running 45-60 minutes a day. Races 2-3 times a month in the summer. Road biking-he bikes to and from work. In the winter he skate-skis (again once a week to once a month-weather dependent!). HIking and fishing in the summer, couple times a month

In what hobbies or activities do your kids participate? Dd (12) in winter does karate 2x a week (1 hr). In summer we usually do soccer (4 nights a week, 45 min each night) but she decided to take this summer off as we are moving to a new town midsummer. Piano once a week for 30 minutes. She also occasionally takes art classes (sessions of once a week for 3 weeks usually). She snowboards (weather permitting!) x-country skis and ice skates in the winter-not on any teams, just for fun. She runs races with me in the summer, and we hike a lot. Ds (4) doesnt do any real winter sports yet-he goes to preschool 2-3 times a week in the winter (2.5 hr sessions) and swimming lessons in summer (2x a week, 30 min)

In what hobbies does your family participate in together? Hiking, fishing, camping, travel, running, x-country skiing, snowboarding (just me and dd), ice-skating, game night, movie night, reading (dd and I read chapter books together and discuss them).

Most important when considering activities? What we enjoy, what the weather is doing, and how much time we have to do it. This would be true for family as well as individual.

What do I wish could be different? Hmmmm..cant think of anything.

transportation? My dad takes dd to karate. My brother usually takes her snowboarding (or I do). We often all go to ds' swimming lessons and then go out afterwards for ice cream. I dont know, its not too much of an issue since we tend to do most of our activities as a family!

dj



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Tue, 05-27-2003 - 8:00pm
Oh, I guess I'll play, too.

<> 8/40

<> 8-10/40-50

<> Is reading a hobby? If so, whenever I can get a free moment. I'm also a Den Leader and Cub Master for the Cub Scouts. <> For scouts, about 2 hrs./week. Reading is 1 hr./day (usually at night when I'm beat - I don't watch TV).

<> When he's available, he helps with Little League.

<> Uhhh, does "being parents together" count as an "activity or hobby?" We're really very boring. When we're not at work, we're home or somewhere with the boys like LL or scouts.

<> Both boys are in LL right now (soccer in the fall) and both are in Cub Scouts. <> Depending on the activity, 2-6 hours/week.

<> We participate with the boys in their sports and scouting activities.

<> How many other commitments we have. Our boys aren't involved in more than one sport and scouts at the same time.

<> Relaxing. We're so busy sometimes that we really enjoy time when we can just hang out at home or at the beach house together.

<> Nothing. We like things like they are.

<> It's not a big deal. Our town is 1-1.5 miles square. The LL field is a half block from our house, so we walk to it. The scout meetings are about 1/2 mile from home. Takes all of 5 minutes, there and back.

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Tue, 05-27-2003 - 8:02pm
You didn't gross me out because I was thinking of saying the same thing. And one thing I forgot to mention in my hobbies (don't know where my head was!) is gardening, for both DH and myself. I like my flower gardens and DH putters with his veggie garden (the "Joisey" tomatoes are in!).
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Tue, 05-27-2003 - 8:09pm
How many hours do you work per day and per week (on average)?

During the schoool year 30-33 hours per week, during the summer 20-25 except July when I usually put in 40 hour weeks.

How many hours does your spouse work per day and per week (on average)?

Always at least 40. On average probably about 43 or 44. Has lots of ups and downs, can go weeks and weeks of 40 hours followed by 2-4 weeks of 55 hours. He is just coming off 55 week stint.

In what hobbies do you, personally, participate? About what amount of time do these activities take up (per day, week, or month)?

Reading altough now most of it is done on the computer instead of books. Exercise but not as much as I should

In what hobbies does your spouse participate? About what amount of time do these activities take up (per day, week, or month)?

He is getting into exercise.


In what hobbies or activities do you and your spouse participate together? About what amount of time do these activities take up (per day, week, or month)?

We go to our church small group every Saturday night, last about 2 hours. Every other month our group cleans the church, that takes about an hour a week. We see baseball games about twice a month.

In what hobbies or activities do your children participate? About what amount of time do these activities take up (per day, week, or month)?

At this time only youth group at church. None of us are real fans of organized recreation.

In what activities does your family participate together? About what amount of time do these activities take up (per day, week, or month)?

Ball games, watching TV, watching movies.

What do you feel is most important when considering activities for one, some or all of your family?

If it is exremely important to one person then the rest of the family tries to accomidate.

What do you feel is most important when it comes to "family time" in your family?

Doesn't have to be a scheduled event but do need to connect at least daily if possible.

What do you wish could be different wrt activities for your family?

Just maybe if we could find one thing we are all interested in.

How does transportation work for the different activities in which your family participates?

When DD1 is home from college she helps with the "hauling", DD2 does also. When it is just DH and I doing it we have gotten into a pattern of me dropping off and he picking up.

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