MeS'morial Day.

Almost every Memorial Day, we cook out as a family, and then roast marshmallows and make s'mores.  Todd suggested starting the tradition a long time ago (maybe when Atticus was two or three?) and it's just stuck with us through the years.  It's the one day of the year that I mentally prepare for the stickiness and gooeyness and general mess that is "marshmallows + kids" and just go with the flow. 

This year, I had Todd pick up some brats and hot dogs to throw on the grill for dinner.  Weren't they glorious in their pre-cooked innocence? 

However, as I had a bunch of stuff going on in the house as well, and I'd thrown extra coals on the grill to keep it hot for when we made s'mores later... I kind of charred everything to within an inch of its life.

When Todd kindly suggested he run to the store to grab a few fresh packs of brats, essentially signing the death certificate of the brats I'd already cooked, preggo hormones kicked into high gear.  I was bawling. It was all very festive.

But once Todd got back with the new brats (and carefully cooked them himself over a grill he deemed "Nebuchadnezzar Hot"), things started looking up.  Everyone got changed into jammies (or varying degrees thereof) and headed to the grill to start with the really fun part!

Making memories with the kids is frequently a huge hassle, I'm not going to lie.  I rarely feel like doing the 'out of the ordinary' stuff with them, because it often feels so hard.  Todd is a great balance for me in this way - he's so great at thinking of ways to make certain days special, and doing whatever it takes to make it happen.  I'm so glad we do this each year, and I hope the kids remember these days.  They're good days.


todd said...

it is a really good life. not often easy, but seldom boring or without meaningful interaction.

Lissa said...

I love this. I find, too, that the more children I have the less I freak out about the mess (probably because I've already lost control but also because God is giving me perspective through my kids).