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On Wednesdays, and almost certainly every Wednesday, we have kept a high standing tradition of spending the day together as a family.  When Erick and I were newly dating years ago, we coordinated our days off so we could spend one day a week together to lay around lazily and if we were lucky, grab a bite to eat.  Once married and with children, things have happily stayed the same-- something I'm eternally grateful for.  This week, we were off to Oak Park again for a delightful vegetarian lunch at Munch, which is a fantastic and eclectic little joint off of Marion St.  This little town is quickly becoming a regular favorite of ours, mainly because getting there is easy and walking around on nice days is even more enjoyable.

I'll admit, some days it really feels like our time together ends too quickly no matter how hard we try and fight it.  Erick has been working steadily on multiple filming projects and I couldn't be more proud.  I'm excited to see where all of the hard work will take him, and where after this year we end up as a family.  We've put what little free time we have into major efforts toward building both of our creative careers and are beginning to wonder when we'll finally be able to make that frightful jump into freelance.  But I digress, the day was altogether wonderful as it usually is, and Erick and I were fortunate enough to even sneak away to a movie later that night (for the SECOND week in a row!)  I know, I can't believe it either!  I'm so smitten. :)

Do any of you feel more comfortable when you have some form of a routine or tradition?

I'm curious as to what other families and/or couples do to make sure they stick together and strengthen their bonds.  Tradition is something grounding and immensely important to me.  I feel quite listless without a regular activity that is truly my own or one that I share with my family.  What are your thoughts?

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  1. oh hai. just wanted to say the photo of your husband might have blown me away. literally. to smithereens up in here.

    i'll say it again... just like the rest of forever til the end of time. i LOVE. lovelovelove. your family. you and erick and the littlest whale make my life.

  2. I think its so important that you all have a day a week to spend together. Sometimes life gets SO busy and people don't make time... I think thats a great tradition!

  3. I turn into a pumpkin if I haven't made time for myself or my family. We go on little walks every evening we are able to, while the weather is still nice --almost always on Thursday evenings. This past year we have had monthly date nights where Olive has a sleepover at Gramses and Pappy's. It's always difficult to spend the night away from her but I love having time to spend with Josh in small quiet restaurants or movie theater.

    My days seem to flow better when I have a routine, but I'm not good at sticking to one.

  4. We try to have heaps of family time, some times its possible other time not so much.
    but when the girls get older I am going to allocate game night.


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