Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Passionately Inspired: First BBQ of the Year | Family Economics
During quiet time one morning after a run (yes, these are my green running shoes in the picture), I was passionately inspired. Even though I love coffee table books, and this particular book happened to be sitting right in front of me, on this occasion my inspiration did not come from this party-planning book (although I love the beautiful cover!)
My inspiration came from my daily reading, the tiny window of nice weather we’ve recently had, and the fact that my family was going to be together for dinner that night. I love family dinners! Early morning is when I often think about what I will serve my family for dinner. Spring has sprung – alfresco dining has been an aspect of our evening meals in the last couple of weeks and this night would be our first BBQ of the year!
The aroma later that evening from the BBQ made us all giddy and happy. We were excited not only about the yummy steak dinner that we were about to consume, along with salad (from our garden) and BBQ’d veggies (herbs from our yard,) but there was also just something special about the smell of the first BBQ of the season.
Having dinner with just our immediate family is becoming a priceless experience as of late, as my husband and I realize our years together as a young family unit are dwindling down. Recapping the weekend, sitting and listening to one another, watching facial expressions and passions rise about certain subjects – it’s what happens when we take the time to interact with and focus on each other.
We are firm believers that “children need to be heard and seen,” and these seem to be very important years as much nurturing takes place around our dinner table.
I’d love to hear about your first BBQ of the year? Was it with your immediate family, or did you include guests?