The Ordinary Moments – Dinner Table

This last week, we’ve enjoyed the most wonderful of stays at Bluestone Wales, which if you’ve never heard of it before – it’s like the Welsh version of Center Parcs. I’ll be blogging all about it very soon but before then, I wanted to write a little something for this week’s The Ordinary Moments link up because I’ve missed the past few weeks. Whilst we are away, I absolutely loved eating as a family at the dinner table. LPD and I made ourselves a big pot of tea every morning, and we all sat down to eat breakfast together and it was honestly the most relaxing and heart warming way to start each day.

Family Dinner Table at Breakfast Bluestone Wales

Apologies for the grainest photo known to mankind, but turns out Bluestone lodges don’t have the best light for photography (especially when you’re an amateur like me!) but I love it all the same.

Embarrassingly, it’s not something we do very often at home because our table is either a) topped full of junk and unusable or b) tucked away in the corner and it’s too much effort to move it out or c) a mixture of the two. We don’t have a large living space in our house – we don’t have a separate dining room and our lounge is quite narrow making it unsuitable for having the dinner table pulled out all the time. We usually end up feeding Pickle first, and then scoffing our food whilst sat on the sofa once he’s gone to bed… but I’ve always felt weird about it. It’s such a little thing, but I think eating together at a table is so important. It’s something I remember being a big part of my own childhood – a constant feature of daily life that made sure at least for thirty minutes of every day that we were together as one family, sharing our day. As Pickle gets older, I want him to think that’s normal and whilst he’s been a baby I’ve been able to let it slide but now that we’re verging on him being a veritable toddler, I want that to change. As soon as we got home, I couldn’t help thinking of ways that we might be able to shift the furniture around to make our dining table a bit more usable.

I tried to envision turning our whole lounge around, trying to work out if our sofas would fit anywhere else or maybe we could get rid of one sofa and just have one when… bingo, I sussed it. If we kept the table where it is but rotated it 90 degrees, there’d be enough room to have it ‘out’ all the time with space on the end for Pickle’s highchair, and it wouldn’t take that much effort either! Brilliant. We had a big tidy up (as the place looked like we’d been burgled before we went away, never mind when we got back and unpacked the car!) and tested out my theory and boom – perfect.

Our first family dinner in our own home was fajitas. LPD and I enjoyed it greatly but typically, Pickle was ridiculously overtired after a nap-free afternoon and looked at his dinner with disgust before purposefully throwing it, piece by piece, on the floor and having a whinge. Ahh, family dinners. I doubt they’ll ever be the idealised vision I have in my head but I’m already looking forward to long weekend breakfasts, big family roasts and to finally having this time together every day.

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24 Comments

  1. May 7, 2017 / 4:00 pm

    We just got back from Center Parcs and funnily enough, dinner times together were one of the highlights for us. We do it at home from time to time (a couple of times a week). But much like you, there’s always a reason not to… junk on the table, toddler having something different to us, me getting home later than I’d planned or something.

    How was Bluestone? We’re thinking about a trip there in Autumn? I’ll look forward to reading your post about it!

    Love your dinner together photo!

  2. May 7, 2017 / 5:28 pm

    It took us a while to get our table figured out when we first had Kitty. For a while she used to sit in her high chair while we perched on the sofa because our table was in a really awkward spot and usually covered in stuff – we only ever seemed to use it for meals on high days and holidays. The change was gradual and we had to try out a few rearrangements before we found something that worked for us, but now I couldn’t imagine not having all our meals together as a family. You’ll get there 🙂
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  3. May 7, 2017 / 5:34 pm

    It’s tricky if you don’t have the ideal space for a table, when we first had Alice we didn’t and it was awkward. In our new house we do and we love family dinners. A chance to chat about the day and try to get information out of Alice about her school day. Yes, its stressful at times trying to get Holly to eat, its not all roses. But I do love this time. #TheOrdinaryMoments x

  4. May 7, 2017 / 8:25 pm

    We make a point of every Sunday having a meal together as often J is too tired after nursery or not wanting to have a big dinner as she had a mini meal in the afternoon at nursery. It is worth it though, although even at 4 she’s still a pest to eat with 😉 I’ve seen several posts about Bluestone and we adore Center Parcs so I’ll be interested to read about it #TheOrdinaryMoments
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  5. May 7, 2017 / 8:54 pm

    No need to apologise for the photo, I thought it was stunning when I scrolled past and it made me scroll back up! Such a brilliant candid shot, and the light looks really dramatic 🙂 I know what you mean about sitting round a table – it’s something my parents insisted on and I do the same – at weekends, anyway. It’s too much hassle in the week what with the different mealtimes. Hurray for figuring out how to rearrange the furniture so you can keep on having those meals together!

  6. May 8, 2017 / 12:42 am

    Such a wonderful and natural picture, so lovely to see a family around a table as it should be.

  7. May 8, 2017 / 7:57 pm

    It’s nice sitting together at the table isn’t it? We need to get in the habit more often, but we always do on holiday. Looking forward to reading about Bluestone! x

  8. May 8, 2017 / 8:03 pm

    Before we had our extension our table was pushed up against the wall and not the most sociable of spaces. I was dreaming of proper family dinners so when our extension was finished I was so happy to eat around a table we could walk around. It’s so nice to have a usable space. I love your pot of tea tradition and Bluestone is lovely x

  9. May 8, 2017 / 8:48 pm

    We loved visiting Bluestone! Our last house we had a lounge diner and I hated it. It was so awkward with the table in there. Back to a kitchen diner now which is much better!
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  10. May 8, 2017 / 9:09 pm

    Great picture for a fab memory! I have heard so much about Bluestones! I will need to check it out! We have not gone through the table issue with Baba yet. I will have to think of something!

  11. May 8, 2017 / 9:28 pm

    We were the same in our old house, we only had a small dining table and with six of us, family dinners weren’t always possible. In our new house we sit together at the table every night and I love those moments, just thirty minutes of each day when we all sit down together, no screens, no distractions, and talk. xx
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  12. May 9, 2017 / 10:16 am

    I love dinners around the table – we all eat together as a family round the table every day, as I really think it’s important

  13. May 9, 2017 / 2:23 pm

    this is something we adore doing and I have always tried to make the effort to all eat at the table together but there is really something special about doing it away too, that pot of tea over breakfast looks like the epitome of the perfect holiday morning x #TheOrdinaryMoments
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  14. May 12, 2017 / 8:56 am

    I second eating together at a table. It really does give you a chance to appreciate the food and your lives together.

  15. May 12, 2017 / 6:48 pm

    We have the same problem – not enough space for a dining table 🙁 Also hubby gets back too late for us all to eat together so when we go away we make a big deal out of all eating together and it is lovely! xx

  16. May 13, 2017 / 7:44 am

    I love Bluestone, we are going in a couple of weeks. We only eat together as a family on Sunday;s as hubby is always working so I wait until he comes home

  17. May 13, 2017 / 11:47 am

    Family dinners where the highlight of my childhood and hope to be able to give the same to my future kids

  18. May 14, 2017 / 6:08 pm

    We’re heading to Bluestone in June 🙂 My mummy bought me a miniature wood dining table so I always get in the habit of sitting at a table and not eating on the sofa but it’s good to eat together as a family x

  19. May 15, 2017 / 8:46 pm

    We use to be so good at eating at the table together, but we’ve been rubbish recently with it. Must get back into doing it. Lots of lovey conversations happen at the dinner table.
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