My mom invited us for dinner tonight (yay! I don't have to cook!). Of course, my sister and her family will also be there, making the total 10 people for a Thursday night dinner. Fun!
We used to do these big family dinners once a week. I loved those dinners! As a young stay-at-home mom (with limited contact with the outside world) I had something to look forward to all week. We were able to enjoy a yummy meal and the company of our family. Moreover, *I* got to eat that meal with 2 hands because there were other people helping to look after my children and have some adult conversation! My children got to see their grandparents, aunt and uncle on a regular basis. It really was a pleasant event for all parties involved!
Unfortunately, these big family dinners stopped when my parents sold my childhood home and moved to a new home. They are still very close to us, but just the stresses of moving stopped the dinners and they never really resumed. Now, both my sister and I have busy families and it's harder to find a time that everyone is able to get together. It makes me sad that we don't have these family dinners regularly anymore.
But family meals are still a regular part of our life. We eat nearly all of our meals as a family. During the week, the children and I have breakfast and lunch together, and all 5 of us eat together for dinner. On weekends, we eat nearly every meal together as a family. I like to connection it gives us - taking time to break bread together. I hope that we continue to do this even as my children grow and get busier and busier.
We spend a lot of time in our kitchen. It has to be the most used room in the house; however, it's pretty neglected. We've been in our house for 5 years, and the kitchen has yet to see even a simple coat of paint.
Coming Next: See my poor, naked kitchen and help me pick some paint colors for it!