I was sitting across the table from my gorgeous son, having lunch. To my left, sat my, just as gorgeous daughter, in her high chair, eating her lunch. I thought to myself, how did I get so lucky? As a stay at home mom there are times I find tough, there are times I find impossible, and there are these times when I am so lucky to have such ordinary moments like lunchtime with my kids that I can’t believe my luck.
I am a firm believer in eating as often as we can, together at the table. I cherish family table talk. When no cell phones are out, no iPads are allowed, and the home phone will just have to keep ringing until we are done.
Our meal times, are packed full of Buba entertaining us with his crazy phrases, and one liners. If you haven’t read about his journey in learning to speak, read this from last week. It had us all rolling on the floor. Meal times also full of Missy Moo, showering us with her new found abilities of blowing raspberries, and tossing her sippy cup over board.
Breakfast is peaceful and sweet because they both wake up full of smiles and energy. I am a morning person, so I love to wake up Missy Moo first, feed her, her milk then wake up Buba and all sit at the table together. I sip my coffee watching them both giggle their way through their weatabix, happy to see one another.
Lunch is usually a bit more frazzled. There are days one of them, doesn’t want to eat their lunch, and there are days when neither of them want to eat their lunch. The light at the end of the tunnel is nap-time, that blessed two hours where I try to jam in as many chores, a shower, food, and blogging as much as I possibly can.
Dinner is my favorite meal time, together as a family because Mr. P. almost always makes it home in time to sit down with us all. Having the four of us at the dinner table together is the biggest blessing of all. I know not everyone has this luxury and its something I never take for granted. I love to hear about his day and him asking about what the three of us have been up to. Buba gets so excited when he hears the front door open, his eyes light up and he shouts out, “Daddy’s, home.” Missy Moo can be seen in her high chair, kicking her legs franticly when he comes over to kiss her forehead and a smile spreads over her face.
These ordinary moments, may in fact be, oh so, ordinary, but they are moments I couldn’t live without. I hope my children look back and cherish that Daddy was always home for dinner. I hope they remember we were always sat at the table, listening and sharing our days together as a family.
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Lovely post and photos – I too treasure mealtimes with my girls – lunchtime like yours has to be more organised – generally I prepare in advance and wrap up lunch so that it’s ready when we want it! Xxx
Thank you, that’s very kind of you. What a great idea, I must start doing this too. Would be very helpful. 😉
Lovely photos. During the winter months we do not get to sit down as a family at dinner, but the summer months we do and we get to spends lots of time together which is a lovely perk with the husbands job! x
Thank you Anna-Marie. Ahh that’s lovely, I am glad you get to enjoy it and spend dinner time with your family in the summer months. Those ordinary moments are so great to cherish because I am sure they don’t last long when they are teenagers. lol 😉
Life With Munchers says
Meal times are fantastic. I was raised on TV dinners, so vow to sit at the table with ours.
PS. Lovely wallpaper! 🙂
hahah Thanks it’s from Laura Ashley. Got it on sale! Bargain!!!! I was raised on tv dinners too, so I think thats why I make such a big deal out of it now with my kids. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Hope to see you again soon.
Alexandra Mercer says
Life is just incredible and we only realise that when we stop to look x #TheOrdinaryMoments
So true, perfectly said Alexandra. I get so wrapped up into what’s next, what’s next i don’t see what’s right now. I am trying to focus better on the here and now.
Mealtimes together are so special. I am so looking forward to having my girlie home next week for half term and the wonderful conversations that go on when we’re at the table together. Lovely moment to share Jenny!
Thanks Carin. Glad you get girlie time during half term. I bet you can’t hardly wait… hope you have some fantastic fun planned. i am not looking forward to my two starting school. Scary thought. I will miss them so much.
Eline @ Pasta & Patchwork says
This is just lovely, they both look so happy! I love mealtimes with my little boy too, and I fully agree that eating together without distractions from screens and phones is really important.
Thanks Eline. Its the one thing I push hardest in my house is family eating times together with no distractions. It’s our time to focus solely on each other and nothing else. I never had that growing up and every time I ate at a friends house and we all sat together I vowed I would do the same with my own children one day. Thanks for popping over, I hope to see you again soon.
These are lovely moments and photos. We always had meals together sat round the table when I was growing up and it’s something I want to carry on with Toby. He’s in bed before we have our dinner but I always try and eat with him at breakfast and lunch.
Thanks Sarah, so sweet of you. Ya, I agree it doesn’t have to be every meal as long as they have the chance to sit and eat with you sometimes during the day. It’s time to just solely be together. It also has been known to lead to better eat habits as they watch mommy and daddy eat various foods too. Its’ nice to have dinner after they have gone to bed too with your partner. We do that sometimes too!
Katie @mummydaddyme says
What lovely photos and they both look so cheeky and happy. I agree that meal times are such a lovely part of the day- we always try and eat as a family as much as we can. Although at the moment, it is a battle to get Mads to eat anything, but we still all chat about our days which I really treasure. x
Thank you Katie. I swear food is the way to both of their hearts just like their momma. lol Oh no, it’s never easy when our kids won’t eat. I hope Mads gets back into the groove. Buba has turned into a picky eater for last few weeks I hope it’s just because he isn’t well. He used to eat anything now he eats loads still but very selective. I am running out of ideas. Do you think it might just be a phrase for Mads or has she always been not so keen? Thanks for the lovely comments.
The Bratlings Parents says
I love this post, I was brought up to food around a table, but there was always a tv on or I would be ignored. But I loved being at that table!
When I met Parent 2, he was TV dinners only, hated a table, saw no point, said *its boring staring at others eat!*
Finally after 6 and a bit years together I finally got my kitchen table and chairs a few weeks ago, He at first was unsure, but mealtimes now, if its not at the table he gets stroppy! I asked him why, and why had he changed his tune, his reply *my parents world was TV and soaps, I never knew anything else and hate change, but seeing the Bratlings eat dinner, watching Surprisling learn from watching us eat, all of them learning your manners, hearing Little Miss talking about nursery etc, I regret not doing this sooner*
(his Parents have no table manners, Parent 2 is slowly getting there now though!)
I love seeing this blog post of yours, makes me glad its still something that is done nowadays with the technology of the world taking over so much now
Congrats on the new table and chairs. Lovely that Parent 2 has got into the love of the table eating together. It’s a fabulous tradition to have. I wish I had it growing up. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.
Not A Frumpy Mum says
Lovely post, my husband is usually home too late to eat with O so we make a big deal of eating together at weekends. He loves having us both sat with him, especially now as he I insists on sitting on the big chair!
Thanks so understandable. It used to be like that for us too. That’s why I say I dont’ take it for granted and am so lucky. I am glad you all get to still eat together on the weekends. It’s not about how much you do it, its about how great we make it when we do get the chance and soak up every second of it. 😉
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Aaahh meal times are such a lovely, important part of the day. Gorgeous photos x
Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting. I completely agree. Hope to see you again soon.
Gorgeous pics Jenny!! I love family food time too 🙂 its weird but it’s the time where I always take a step back and think, wohh we really are a proper little family. x
Thank you. I know I am so grateful I get to have my family all together at the table each night. I never had that as a kid. I couldn’t find you on twitter my lovely, my Pit & Peak of the week linky is live hope you will come join in each week. Didn’t know where else to message you. lol 🙂 Somedays I look at everyone at the table and think am I old enough to be a mom and have my OWN family. lol It’s very surreal.
Gorgeous photos Jenny and lovely that you all sit down together so much! I would love if my husband could get home for tea time but he can’t – we do try and eat all together on the weekend though as you are right its so important and such a special time x
Thanks Katie. I know it’s hard to do, I am glad that you get to eat together on the weekends. Sometimes during the week we can’t always do it either. I do feel so grateful we can most nights. I never had that as a child. Thanks for popping by. 🙂