Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Family Traditions: Dinner and a Movie, Family-Style

*This post is sponsored by Netflix, however, all comments and views are my own*

Sundays have become our family movie nights (or days…depending on our schedules).  Typically, our movie nights involve pizza, Netflix and having a family picnic in the living room.  Although eating in the living room may not be a big deal for some, for me and my OCD no-crumbs-on-the-floor-because-it-attracts-bugs psychosis, it is MAJOR.  And my kids know this to be true.  So, picnics on the floor and a family vote for the next Netflix movie is on our weekly Sunday agenda.

In the mornings, after church, we make a trip to Trader Joe's, and that's when I let my boys pick one movie snack each.  Recently, we discovered the Trader Joe's Milk Chocolate Smashing S'mores.  They are seriously a little bit of heaven after a mere 5 seconds in the microwave.  If you have never tried these, you must do yourself a favor and buy them.  We also came home with the new Trader Joe's Chicago Mix popcorn.  Also, quite delicious.  It's no Garrett Popcorn, but it's pretty darn close!  :)

For dinner, this week, instead of ordering pizza to be delivered for our movie date, we bought a BBQ Chicken Pizza for me and the hubs and a 3-Cheese Pizza for the boys.  Although I'm never a fan of having different dinners for the kids (this is not a restaurant), on movie nights I don't want to argue on what foods they will and will not eat, so usually they choose what their picnic dinner will be and I just go with it.  With our own pizza, and no one needing to pick stuff off their pizza, everyone is happy…and really all that matters is that this momma is happy.  Right??  :)

After laying out a blanket for the boys, in true picnic fashion, the next step was choosing a movie.  This week's choice was easy, as that morning my youngest had sobbed and cried over his brother watching Madagascar and not allowing him to watch The Lorax.  So, for our dinner and a movie date, we watched The Lorax on Netflix and had a great time at our family picnic movie date!  Thankfully, Netflix has so many titles that choosing a movie is never a daunting task, as there are movies available that all four of us would be willing to watch.  Our movie night was a success, and we even managed to do it without any spills, messes, tantrums or fighting.  Hooray for the small victories!!!  And hooray for being able to find a movie so easily, thanks to Netflix!

What family traditions do you and your family have for family-time?

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