Going…going…gone? Not yet!

As much as I commiserate about parenting tweens, I do so because it is so much easier to focus on that then the gripping realization that in the blink of an eye they will be in high school, college and some girl will get ahold of their heart (after passing through my 115 point inspection process) and they will have lives of their own. It seems like just yesterday they were playing with their toes and peeing in the bushes in our front yard- oh, wait- that was yesterday. Well, I digress…I am trying to concentrate on the moments that bring us closer together as a family- right now we are reading novels together at night (almost done with The Shack and then on to Wuthering Heights).
My boys, since they were little, have looked forward to our dinner by candlelight meals. It doesn’t matter if we are having take-out pizza or Hamburger Helper they love to eat by candlelight. We get out the special china- (meaning we don’t use paper plates that night:-) and light candles. We have always saved these meals for special occasions, announcements, etc.
Over the years it has been cute to watch the kids come up with reasons to have a candlelight meal. “Mom, I lost a tooth”, “got braces today”, “I did ALL my chores”, “Dad didn’t have to work late”, etc.
A few months ago, over take out chinese, with my 12 and 11 year old guys and hubby, we celebrated the arrival of two leapord spotted lizards to our famiy (i do not find this a reason to celebrate) with our candles and “special” plates. And I treasured the moment because too soon the boys (and the darn lizards) will be off on their own. I personally wanted to celebrate when the lizards met their demise as well but that wouldn’t have been very sympathetic and maternal of me 🙁 But, as they grow up, up and away, I am going to take every candlelight opportunity I can between now and then!

What special everyday traditions have you created with your family? Feel free to share!
****oooh, and I almost forgot! Be sure to check out my organizing column on Tuesday’s at Pink Lemonade Magazine. Today, we’re talking about how to tackle a project.


  1. Alicia, The Snowflake says:

    It’s amazing to me how much kids love family traditions. We probably don’t do enough of it. But we try. Mine loves movie night and game night. Maybe we’ll think about instituting a few more :o)

  2. JudiElise says:

    One of my favorite is “picnic in the living room.”

    Gather up sandwich fixins, deli salads and easy carry desserts and everyone heads for the living room. No TV trays! Sit on the floor on bright summer throws or beach towels, don’t worry about the crumbs and let’s watch a family movie or…(shocker!) just talk!

    Even my slowly becoming distant 16 year old can’t resist the chance to break some rules. This is especially good during the winter months.

  3. He And Me + 3 says:

    That is such a great tradition…one I am sure they will pass on when they have their own families. Sounds so fun!

  4. Firefly@www.firefly-shop.org says:

    Awesome tradition, we don’t do near enough of those, and we definitely should. 🙂 thanks for stopping by!

  5. Laurie Ann says:

    We are a famiy steeped in the same tradition! We used to do that with Kristyn. Yesterday she was 6 years old. Today she’s 24, married and has 2 children of her own. Yeah- treasure every moment of it. It goes by so fast. Blessings…

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