However, when I start thinking about my own family - it is not all that different. We also have our family traditions, and our normal usual quirks. So, here is our normal - just a few examples. I'm sure you have your own too.
The Gravy Situation
Most Sundays we have a roast dinner. About half an hour before it is plated out, I have the kids "test" the gravy. I spend a while making it fresh, I thicken it with cornflour and make it thick and rich. I put a ladle into a bowl for the kids and ask them to check that it's OK. They say nothing, wolf the lot and ask for seconds.
|Chief Gravy Testers|
We have a good routine with the babies. Bath, cuddles, singing, story, bed.
Our latest "thing" is to dry them on Alice's bed, cover them in "snow" (talc) and get their pyjamas on. Then I tell them to lie down together nicely on the bed. Then I sing softly
When all the Mummy's are sleeping
And the sun has gone to bed...
UP JUMP THE BABIES AND THIS IS WHAT THEY SAID!!...
And at this point, both girls jump up laughing, holding each other's hands and mine as we sing the rest of Jingle-Jangle scarecrow together - both of them bouncing on the bed.
They go to bed as normal, then.
Alice Bedtime Snacks
Alice likes a bedtime snack. This is always a) Cheese or b) Ham
She is "Cheesy Alice" or "Hammy Alice"
If we forget the cheese supper, we might hear little footsteps coming down the stairs, she opens the living room door and says "Mummy! You forgot my cheese!"
We don't lounge around in bed at weekends much. Well, to be fair - I tend to lie in more than my husband - but I stay up later. However, when the kids get up around 8am, they get in bed with us, and they say "Mummy can we have your phone?"
So I let them watch fully grown adults on Youtube unwrapping egg surprises and blind bags. It keeps them amused for about half an hour and means we can all cuddle in bed for a bit, (until Warren gets fed up being kicked and pushed out of bed and goes downstairs for some peace).
Me and Warren have to have THE WINE. Not much. Just some.