Monday, May 11, 2009

The Family That Eats Together

I believe in the whole family dinner thing. I believe in it so much I think I will capitalize it - The Family Dinner. I fight to get my husband home on time for dinner. I yell like a banshee at the kids to get to the goddamn table or else! It's my thing.

This is why. Sometimes we get good, otherwise highly classified information from each other in this setting. I don't know what it is about shoving our faces full of food, but the brain relaxes and the stories start flowing. I won't get into the burps and other bodily sounds that I could use less of, but I do love finding out that 5 year old was singing "I Kissed a Girl" on the playground, or that husband played a funny fart joke on a V.P. at work, or that 10 year old has a crush on a *gasp* B-O-Y.

I also keep a camera handy. Why you ask? Well, I've picked up many gems. Here is one that I love dearly:



And here is the most recent one that will probably have me stripped of my Mother of the Year status almost immediately, but the joy I will get out of posting this publicly will easily outweigh any joy I'd get from a stupid award:



Yes, that's my daughter. I love her so. And I will never, ever doubt the value of the good old fashioned Family Dinner routine.

9 comments:

Nap Warden said...

We are all over the family dinner thing...go us!

A Lawyer Mom's Musings said...

Loved the laughing video! And the hairy armpits too.

My mom was the dinner czar. Every night in the dining room, with a bunch of forks to confuse us. You're right though. You sure hear some good stuff.

Anonymous said...

It gets even more important as they get older. We get to hear about the drama in school, her favorite TV shows, what Nana is up to, etc... My favorite is "Oh ya, Nana and Papa called and they should be here in like a hour"

Your kids are funny, witty, people. It's going to be fun to watch them grow up.

Love, your sister

The Mother said...

Even now that they're teens, my family has to eat dinner together every night. One can only be excused by a dispensation from the Pope. And since we're Jewish, I doubt that's likely to happen.

Wendy said...

That is beyond funny. ROTFL.

Dinner together is so important. It sends a direct message: "You are so important that I must clear everything else out so that we can have this time together."

Katey said...

I think the importance of a family dinner.. even more so in this day and age.. is priceless. Your videos are a glance at the wonderful moments we can capture during this meal.

And NICE on Opals armpits. HaHaHa.

gypsychant said...

love the armpit hair. I would of loved to see the lead in to this.
We do Sunday with the whole family, lots of laughs and smiles seem to always come no matter what our troubles.

AmyAnne said...

Here's the full video. My husband put it together...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1q8M60kcCk

Shima said...

Great post, Amy! Your family rocks!