Monday, February 4, 2013

{The Blue Plate Special}

About a month ago my son had a school project that asked the question. . . What are your family traditions?  That question made me sweat a tad.  The Mr. says, "Honey, you try too hard."  I say IMPOSSIBLE! I only have one shot at this Mom Gig and I am going to keep trying to make it count!  
What I believe makes traditions somewhat of a challenge with my family is that it is so small.  Both sets of my grandparents passed years ago, and my father was an only child.  Of course we all have wonderful Christmas, Easter, and Sunday Lunch, but. . . it's the little things that kids seem to remember.  I started doing a tad bit of research and I came across this blog.  She says . . .
But what do you do if your family doesn't have many traditions? Well, you create them of course! Somebody has to create all these little rituals, so why not let it be you? Traditions don’t have to be extravagant, intense or require a lot of planning.They can be as simple as reading to your child every night in the same comfy chair, having a movie and pizza night every Friday or discussing things you are grateful for around the dinner table each evening. Traditions are the glue that keeps a family together. We all have very busy lifestyles, and adding a small tradition here or there can make all the difference to your family.
Her article and ideas not only encouraged me, but inspired me too.  I can do this!  One tradition (which sounds silly, but the picture says a thousand words) I decided to run with was "The Blue Plate Special".  Birthdays, make a great grade, memorize a Bible verse, just anything worth some extra kudos, YOU my friend, get to eat off the Blue Plate.  
Lily helped me set the table tonight, and Dad will receive the Blue Plate for his birthday!  Everyone thought it was fun.

Now, whats for dinner. . .

 Spinach Alfredo Lasagna Recipe by Rae Deal
I am not sure what I treasure more?
  The hand written recipe from her or the wonderful meal it created tonight for my family. 
Both a treasure, for sure! 
It is delicious.  Meal planning, traditions, and family dinners all were high on my New Years list.
I am proud of myself!
 Harmony is a wonderful feeling! 
The baked Mozzarella. . . 
 After I added a green salad. . . 
I cleaned my plate!
And so did everyone else!

Do you have any simple family traditions you would like to share?

1 comment:

Shannon said...

Our traditions have faltered here, but it's funny that you've written this because it's always floating around in my head. I love traditions - a new one I want to start implementing is "lamp time." Simple scripture reading while tucked into bed by lamplight. For whatever reason, I love that.