Tally Time

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Time to see if I did Tuesday's To Do . . .

Our First Annual Back to School Feast was a success!

The menu was simple:
I covered the table in butcher block paper, and decorated it myself. I know, you're shocked, right? Totally looks professional.

Our Theme:

And my trusty assistant, Mr. Potato Head:
He helped me demonstrate that when we use our ears (cup yours. . . ) to listen, we make others, and ourselves, happy. (Smile!)

I read Ephesians 6:1-3 and explained that children are to obey their parents and their teachers. The "lesson" was quick and simple. The boys participated, and (hold your breath!) listened.

I'll admit, I had my doubts before the big event: Am I overdoing it? Will this be well received? Will my family think I am crazy? Am I crazy?

Not sure about the last two, BUT it was so well received. The boys loved the special table setting and Mr. Potato Head's demonstration. They ate the food and even proclaimed it, "Delicious!" Hubby said it was all perfect - and I know he was starting to question my sanity during my blabber sessions about this idea in the days preceding, so I took his compliment seriously. By the end of the meal, when everyone was laughing and talking, I realized that I had just started a family tradition. And that was a great feeling.

See here's the thing - I'm not saying everyone should be having a Back to School Feast. I just saw something that looked cool to me, and I wanted to make it my own. I got inspired by another mom, but for the first time in a long time, I avoided comparing myself to another mom. And that last part is so key! We can't all do exactly what everyone else is doing. But we can take a good idea and run with it.

So, have you ever gotten inspired by another mom? Taken her good idea and made it your own? Got a fun family tradition to share? Go ahead. You just might inspire someone else.

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  1. I think you've been viewing the inspiration I took from another mom, but maybe your readers would be interested in Three Peas. I take a picture of my three children together every week and post it on my private blog. I started when my son was born in June. I was inspired by a mom friend who is a photographer. It should be easy, but it isn't! I'm so glad I'm doing it though. My long-distance family certainly appreciates it, and it forces me to post recent pictures on a regular basis!