Saturday, October 15, 2011

Dinner Traditions

My parents are coming to visit us next week. This will be their first time seeing our new house here in Florida. I'm looking forward to visiting with them and showing them all our new favorite spots to eat, shop, walk around, hang out, swim, etc. I'm sure the kids are going to want to show them their new schools and where all the ice cream places are. So, this week, I'm in "Keep the Freaking House Clean" mode. I'm also trying to figure out what to make for dinner while they're here.

I figure we'll just order pizza (or what passes for pizza down here) one night while they're here. Growing up, we always had pizza on Sunday nights. That was the one night my mom would let us watch TV at the dinner table (Wonderful World of Disney, of course.) As a kid though, I was always jealous of my friends who went to their grandparents' house for Sunday dinner. It was a traditional, weekly event for many of my friends. My own grandparents lived out-of-state, however. When I grew up and had kids of my own, I thought my own parents might incorporate a weekly, or even monthly, gathering for dinner, but they never did. I hope to host Sunday dinners at my house when my kids are grown and have kids of their own.

But back to my parents' visit. I think we'll cook out and eat our meals on the lanai so my parents can enjoy the gorgeous weather down here before heading back to the cold. That has become a new tradition for my family - eating outside. We do it several times a week. The weather is just too beautiful to stay inside.

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ashley nicole said...

Enjoy the visit from your parents!

I moved away from home to another state at about the same time you did, and my mom came to visit me this past weekend. It was so nice to have family come visit. :) I didn't realize just how much I missed my mom until we had a date planned for her to come visit for the weekend and I was counting down the days like a little kid and Christmas, lol.

DonnaP said...

With my brother and my family scattered the two dining traditions we started revolved around the holidays. Christmas was always an issue so we started etching in stone the Saturday before Christmas would be our family dinner at mom's. My brother and I would bring our significant others and kids and know that would be our Christmas celebration months ahead of time....nothing else to get in the way. Then we started doing the same for Thanksgiving. The first saturday was our Thanksgiving, and everyone was always able to be there and nothing got in the way. Until my kids and grandkids moved away. Now I've moved to be with them and try to start our own family dinners!

Kate Giovinco Photography said...

Every Sunday that I am in town I have family dinner with two of my cousins and their kids.

I have lots of traditions with my siblings and mom, but every sunday I host or go to dinner at my cousins house. We have sauce every sunday with some type of pasta.

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