Saturday, March 14, 2009

New Jersey: I was Stoked! (n. Stokes Family)


New Jersey is known to be the home to some of the best recreational, historical and cultural activities along east coast, when it comes to spending time with the family. It is home to renowned zoos, beautiful campgrounds and interesting beaches that will certainly give you an exhilarating experience that you will remember for years to come. But because I came here in winter, there aren't much to do out there in the zoos, parks or beaches. This didn't stop me, however, from experiencing what New Jersey is known for: spending quality time with family - the Stokes Family that is.

I was lucky and thankful for Greg and Miriam Stokes for offering to accommodate me for two weeks from February 16 to 28, 2009. Their family is awesome! At their house, you can experience having family fun together, in any kind of weather. Everynight, the Stokes Family has a family scripture reading where even Carter, a two year old, is included. On Monday nights, they hold a regular Family Home Evening where the kids learn a lesson in a spirit of fun. On other nights, the family just do something fun without any planning, like the night we have a story telling time where everyone tells stories about spiders, and on my last night we had a game of Charade and at other nights we just watch the adults favorite taped TV Show "The Office". Yes, the Stokes family has a "No TV Rule" at home (which I believe should be the rule in everyone's family with little kids!). I really feel the excitement in the spontaneous activities that the Stokes family does. It is just like, when an idea pops into their head on the spur of the moment, they follow the urge and have a sudden moment of fun with the family.

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