A couple of weekends ago, we ate our dinner in the side yard. It was a beautiful day and a nice evening. We bbq'd some veggie burgers and corn, made baked beans and drank homemade strawberry lemonade, courtesy of the champion juicer.
I look forward to eating as a family every night. We have rituals. The boys say a blessing from school. Usually it's, "Blessings on the blossoms, blessing on the fruits, blessings on the leaves and trees, blessings on the roots." There are hand movements that go with the blessing. Then Tris and I say "Blessings on our meal." Then we begin to tell our day. One day several months ago, A1 asked me if he was cool. The kid is going on twelve, a touchy time. From that day forward, after our day is relayed, we look at each person at the table and tell them why we think they are cool, awesome or why we like them. It's the best affirmation at the end of a long day.
I am looking forward to more Sunday meals in "The Cafe". That's what we call the side yard. We did have LED Christmas lights wrapped around the Chinaberry tree, but they were torn when we got the new roof out on. That's okay though because we are working to reduce our electricity dependence, so candlelit dinners are becoming the norm. Isn't our family beautiful? I am so lucky.