Today the fabulous Twin Cities Mom Blog launched and I’m so completely thrilled to be a contributing writer! If you are local to the area – this will be an amazing resource filled with not only information on great happenings around the area, but also full of just personal and ‘real mom’ type stories that I hope you can relate to. And if you don’t live in the Twin Cities – well there are sister sites all over the country.
My first article went live today – and it’s about keeping it simple with your kids. How what we think is important about a vacation, an event, an activity, or a family project – you know the BIG that we want our kids to remember – usually isn’t what they remember the most.
We spent a long weekend at a lake resort when I was about 10. I vaguely remember swimming in the pool, taking a few boat rides around the lake and staying in a very cool hotel room – but what I remember the most about the weekend was a a sandwich I ate. I don’t remember the location of the resort – the town, state or name of the lake, but damn that sandwich was incredible. All because my mom, in her typical quest to save money, decided we would eat a picnic lunch of simple sandwich fixings from the grocery store rather than eating in the expensive resort restaurant. She bought a loaf a bread, some lunch meat, cheese, lettuce, but instead of mayo she bought Kraft Sandwich Spread. If you’ve never had sandwich spread – it’s like the perfect mix of mayo and thousand island dressing all wrapped up in white trash perfection. I had never heard of it before, nor tasted anything so delightful before. And at that moment when I bit into that turkey and cheese on Wonder with the sandwich spread – well the rest of that weekend became a blur.
Still today when we reminisce as a family about moments we’ve shared, I still sometimes say “Gosh, do you all remember when we tried sandwich spread that one time when we took some lake vacation?” And my whole family gets a little quiet as they look off into the distance and remember how good those sandwiches tasted.
Now I wonder why I’ve never eaten it since? Tomorrow I must buy some sandwich spread.
But my point is – don’t stress about not being able to take a fancy lake vacation – just take your kids on a picnic in your backyard with a special treat that they’ve never tried before.