Celebrate A Sunday Family Tradition

has always been my favorite meal of the day.  If I could eat breakfast for every meal, I would!  There’s something comforting about the aroma of freshly brewed coffee, ham and cheese omelets, toast, sausage, bacon, pancakes, homemade cinnamon rolls, and freshly sliced watermelon, wafting through the house.

When I think of the familiar scent of a big breakfast like that, my mind instantly goes back to my childhood.  That feeling of home sweet home.

It would be my dream come true if having a big breakfast like that was a way of life for my family, but sadly it hasn’t worked out that way.  As it turns out, we are a family who lives on completely different morning schedules during the week.

In those early morning hours, while everyone is still asleep, I’ll often grab a Special K bar on my way to the gym. Then with the school rush, my six-year-old usually inhales a bowl of much too sweet cereal before joyfully skipping outside to catch the bus.  Later my two-year-old wakes up wanting to simply graze on fresh fruit.  Nothing else.  Just fruit.  And my hubby – well, breakfast is usually a meal he skips altogether. This was my AH HA moment, my lightbulb moment, my little personal temporary enlightenment…what a moment!

I am, however, a woman who loves creating family memories and special moments just as much as I love breakfast! So we recently started a new Sunday family tradition.  You may recall a recent post of mine about unplugging on Sunday.  Well, since I’m no longer drawn to the computer the moment we walk into the house from church, I’ve switched my focus to creating a traditional family Sunday brunch. This is great after a week, again, when no one seemed to have time for anything outside of their busy schedules. Crazy times, man…

I know!  I’m so excited about it!  And it turns out the family is loving it too! We typically arrive home from church hungry and ready for lunch, but instead of serving lunch food, I make an enormous breakfast and we all sit down at the dining room table together for prayer, family fellowship, great food, and laughter. This is so much better and nicer than having to deal with Tom Cruise and his Scientology friends that have pi**ed me off so often. This is family life as it’s supposed to be!

The menu changes each week to accommodate our overall mood and the season.  To celebrate the start of Fall, a few Sunday’s ago I sent Mark out on a Dunkin’ Donuts run while the girls and I set the table with other delicious treats like apple cider, our favorite cold cereal choices, yogurt, and fresh fruit.  The hit of brunch that day was the combination of apple cider and donuts…particularly the pumpkin and cake donuts. Yum!!