Tuesday, August 17, 2010

dinner. and after dinner.

i think everyone knows that eating meals together as a family is a big deal. there are statistics backing it up and everything...i'm too lazy to pull those stats up for you.

it kind of gets difficult to make meals important sometimes. there's always something to watch on tv. plus, the couch is comfier. my husband's staying late at work...what's the point of bringing everyone to the table. or it's easier to eat in the car on the way home from chic-fil-a. i know.
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(my favorite napkins for the summer)

the point is that we are always teaching our kids what to value. i grew up eating dinner together with my entire family and having ridiculous conversations with my siblings and parents almost every night. politics, religion, and our day were regularly discussed. some days, we would have to go around the table and say one thing we liked about a particular sibling. it had to be thoughtful...not your hair isn't as ugly as it was yesterday or it looks like that huge zit on your nose is getting smaller. i remember having to say two nice things after a snarky comment to a sib, but i still think it was worth it.



i knew every night where i was expected to be. i knew my other siblings would be there. and i knew we would not only fight over the last roll, but that this was a valuable time for our family. because NO ONE could get out of it. there was no tv on, no noise, no distractions. we were all perplexed by our neighbors who had a tv in their dining room... can you believe that?! this lack of distraction made it hard for me to feed the dog under the table when i didn't want to eat fish, but i still found a way. oh, mom... that's neither her nor there...
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(my new napkins for fall!)

point is, do whatever gets you excited about eating together as a family, whether you have kids or not. get to being about your dinner table. my thing is fabric napkins, table runners, and anything that makes the table look pretty. it makes me feel like something special is going on. fabric napkins are good for the environment too and blaa blaa blaa.

but what i'm really trying to say is, things like this get me excited about setting the table and more importantly, setting a habit for the years to come when life gets busier. i'm placing value on something for my kids that was valuable to me growing up and creating a habit for myself that reminds me of the importance of eating together. plus, it just makes a terrible dinner look better. just sayin'.

and after dinner, do something fun. we went to get ice cream yesterday after din-din because i had a free sheridan's coupon(go here to see how to get one). please enjoy layne's dancing. or shall i say, tapping? and don't even ask about his outfit. he just HAD to wear these see-through football pants. also, there were several other families eating ice cream sitting kind of by us. we are, apparently, the only ones laughing...


icecream dance from jami nato on Vimeo.

19 comments:

  1. How did Layne learn the choreography from Anything Goes AND the robot?

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  2. You make me laugh! Love the napkins. Did you make them yourself?

    Family dinner still counts if it's only chicken nuggets and canned corn? Right?!

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  3. That mad me smile, they are adorable!! It's almost football season he's getting ready!!

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  4. Lovin' the robot! Too dang cute :)

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  5. Could not stop laughing at him dance! how cute!

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  6. ya'll..sorry for all the misspellings in this post. i think i changed them all. and i was an english major??

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  7. Not sure which I love more the napkins or laynes sweet moves!

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  8. I laughed so hard!!! HILARIOUS! Layne definitely knows how to get his groove on. I keep thinking about how hilarious this will be when he is all grown up and you whip out these videos for his wife and kids to see. (hint hint)

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  9. i.love.that.kid. both of them actually but layne... OH MY WORD... the robot... i can't take it!!!
    plus... great word about eating dinner... a tradition that appears to be a past time in most families this day... glad to hear that you CAN still do it with kids... good job jami! :)

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  10. bhaaaaaaa, love it!! where did he see those dances! He was rocking it! What a great family! Those kids are lucky to have you two!!

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  11. Oh my. BEYOND cute. If the Baby Space man saw this he would start trying to teach the Baby Space toddler the robot immediately. And I am loving your table wear idea...I too am swayed into more enthusiastic participation through the presence of pretty items.

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  12. ice cream = yum. layne's dance moves = awesome! your napkins = awesomeness, too!

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  13. Totally on board with eating dinner together as a family! My huge family had to do it too. Every. Single. Night. My dad would ask us ridiculous questions like, "How was your day at school?", ugh, the nerve! And sometimes even more philosophical questions like, "What is one thing you learned today?". We are now trying to carry on the tradition of annoying our children in the same way. :) Love the tap dancing robot. He is too much.

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  14. so sweet!! Love the napkins too!

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  15. I just love your blog. I can't remember how I found it. But I love it. Thanks for your humor, fun ideas and transparency.

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  16. sweet dance moves they look almost exactly like logans...they must have shared their super awesome dancing skills with each other because logan just started doing the robot since sunday ;)

    I love your napkins!

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  17. my mom is way into fabric napkins and she has bought them for my kiddos too. i love them. she also uses bandanas sometimes to mix up the patterns. i need to get on board i just hate adding anything into my HUGE laundry pile. i am inspired.

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  18. Thanks for the great reminder about family dinner. I grew up eating with our big family every night....and somehow forgot to keep that going. Cute napkins.

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  19. Yeah, and your kids grew up too! But please, Warrick would like dancing lessons from Layne and a future date with princess brown eyes.

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