My goal for this blog is to provide healthy, fun activities that can help build strong relationships within the family and as a couple. Both are important and interconnected. For a family to be strong, a couple must be strong. The couple is at it's core and it must be vibrant and alive to provide the healthy, nurturing energy needed to keep a family connected and strong. On the other hand, the couple will feel more at peace and connected when the family is connected and relationships are strong. It is a bit of a two sided coin. Thus, making time for both couple fun and family fun can bring more comprehensive benefits for all.
This is a weekly blog in which an activity will be posted for both couples and families each week. Some of the activities will work for both the couple or the family. You will find activities that will be Tulsa area or OK specific as this is the community we live in. But you will also find activities that are home related. The majority of activities will be free and inexpensive or moderately priced but I will include some special occasion activities that will cost more. I will try to note what is the case with each activity if I have this information.
You will also find a tab called "Relationship Building". You will find ideas posted regularly on building healthy relationships.
As this is a private blog, there is no social media feature set up in which names or emails will be publically displayed. But you will find a "Respond Privately" response section at the end of each section if you so choose to use it. I will be happy to chat with you if you have a question. Have fun and let me know if I can be of help in your pursuit to have more fun as a couple or as a family.
Tanna K. Strom, MS, LMFT, LPC, RPT-S, CCPS
Strom Individual & Family Therapy
5228 E. 69th Pl, Tulsa, OK 74136
COUPLE ACTIVITIES THAT CONNECT
Red Bud Valley Nature Walk
posted April 9, 2013 by Tanna
I saw the first red bud trees beginning to blossom last week. And I thought . . . I know what I am going to reccomend as a couple activity for this coming week. Last year I had an opportunity to experience RED BUD VALLEY for the first time. It was much more of a hike than I thought it would be. This year I took the other trail and found it more level and possibly better for those not used to hiking. Regardless of which trail you take, you will be able to experience 4 different eco systems. Spending time in a nature preserve with your honey is close to heaven. Just glorious nature and you and your loved one. No hurry, no distractions. Just remember to turn your cells on silence, so you can really be with your partner in this special place. Nature has a calming influence on us so it makes for a good place to connect and just "be" with each other. I would suggest you allow at least 2 hours if you want to stop and really experience the preserve at a leisurely pase. The next week or two the area will have the red buds in boom. I might note red buds are not particulary prolific in the preserve, but the lands around the area. But regardless of redbuds or not, it is a lovely area to explore with your partner.
I would suggest that you look at their website before you make the trip. Redbud Valley is managed by the Oxley Nature Center, but not at the same location. Red Bud Valley is roughly 3.5 miles north of 1-44 on 161st E. Ave. in the Catoosa area. More detailed directions are on their website www.oxleynaturecenter.org/redbud.htm . For general information you can call 918-669-6644. According to their website they are open Wednesday - Sunday from 8:00 - 5:00 pm. The visitor center is open from 11:00 - 3:00. They are closed on holidays. NO ENTRANCE FEE. This could also be a family activity, but I would not recommend this for preschoolers or very young elementary children due to the nature of the trails. Here is to a lovely walk in nature with your honey!
FAMILY ACTIVITIES THAT CONNECT
Philbrook Second Saturdays - Family Hands On Art Projects for All Ages - FREE
posted on April 9. 2013 by Tanna
I have always thought highly of Philbrook Art Museum and the programs they offer for the community. I got a recent email from them as a member about some of the upcoming programs. This is one they highlighted and one that I was not aware of. I called and visited with the Education Department and found that this is a program that has been offered for a couple of years and at this point is FREE to the public. ONEOK, Inc sponsors this program. You do not need to be a member of Philbrook. It is offered on the 2cd Saturday of each month. I would suggest looking on the Philbrook website www.philbrook.org and click on the tab LEARN at the of the screen to get more infomation on this program and make sure it is still scheduled . Of course you can get information on other programs offered for families and their children at this link also. My understanding is that this program is open from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm and is come and go and is for all ages. Family friendly art activities, tours and scavenger hunts are possible activities on these Second Saturday events.
This is a wonderful opportuntiy to explore together fun creative art projects and to expose your chlldren to Philbrook. Art is so very therapeutic and a wonderful way to connect. I might also note that the garden trails behind Philbrook are a fun treat for all ages. Enjoy this creative time with your family!
Special Note: The trails behind the Philbrook are lovely and could also make a lovely Couples Activity. Plus, Philbrook's restaurant overlooks the gardens and would be a nice special treat. I was told that Philbrook has some free entrance days. So check it out on their website.