moving at a fast pace these days, going from activity to activity.
Even when the kids are out of school, there's still summer camp,
summer parties, summer school, internships and summer jobs to plan
around. And with all of the mobile devices that keep us connected
to the internet and our social media accounts, it's harder to get
the family all together for a dinner, much less a family
Okay, maybe it's time for a family movie night. It'll give you a
chance to slow down and spend some quality time together.
Just the prep work alone keeps everyone entertained, from
picking out a flick to producing the oh-so-important snacks.
Indeed, in our household, the Benevolent Makers of Snacks are
accorded a special status that's on par with visiting
Some of our favorite movie snacks embody a haiku-like simplicity
that saves time, money and the upholstery on the sectional sofa
(well, usually): apple wedges and cheese cubes; veggies and hummus;
sandwich quarters - young kids can handle them, plus the
presentation makes them feel special - and, of course, popcorn. You
could have a heyday with the kiddies on selecting popcorn
flavorings, ranging from traditional butter to zesty chile with
lime. You can even divide it up and have a popcorn sampler - cheese
in one bowl, butter in another, and plain to dip in caramel sauce
in a third.
The important thing is that everyone feels included in some way,
even the wee ones who may not yet be able to talk in complete
sentences but can point a mustard-stained finger at a cheese
selection and say, "please."
Thinking about the fun we have together gives me a warm fuzzy.
Let's do a double feature.