Family Dinner

I feel very fortunate that I had family dinners nearly every night when I was growing up. Some of my best memories from childhood came from conversations around the dinner table, and I still look forward to family dinners whenever I come home to my parents’ house.

Ryan and I arrived in St. Pete around 6:15 p.m. and snacked a bit while we waited for my dad to get in town from a meeting in Jacksonville.

My mom already had a good portion of the dinner ready, but I tried to make myself useful by chopping up some brussels sprouts, tossin’ them in olive oil, salt and pepper and roasting them in the oven, right beside the fish and shrimp casserole my mom made.

The Cooks

Brussels Sprouts

Ryan and Leslie made a delicious fresh fruit salad.

Fresh Fruit Salad

Once my dad got home we were ready to eat!

Dinner included:

  • Brussels sprouts
  • Fruit salad
  • Corn on the cob
  • Brown rice
  • Shrimp and fish casserole

Corn on the Cob


Brown Rice

I filled my plate with a bit of every thing… and went back for seconds (and thirds of some things). 😀


Dinner was yummy!

Ice Cream Party

My mom keeps our freezer stacked with a bazillion (yes, a bazillion) different kinds of ice cream, so you know I just had to have some. My dad, sister and I scooped ourselves a big bowl of chocolate marshmallow ice cream, my mom enjoyed chocolate caramel cone crunch and Ryan opted for cookies ‘n’ cream. All delish!

The guys have already gone to bed, and my mom, sister and I are hangin’ out watching The Bachelor that my mom taped for us. One of the bachelorettes was actually in my sorority in college, but she went through rush after I graduated, so I never knew her. Still, it makes it fun to watch!

See ya in the morning for wedding dress shopping fun!

7 Responses

  1. We had family dinners every night when I was growing up, too. It really is very special! Have fun dress shopping!

  2. Family dinners are so important! And you’re right that they tend to have the most memorable and fun times. We already try to have our dinners with M as many nights as possible.

  3. Such a fun and tasty family dinner. And a great tradition to have!

  4. Great pics, and I miss my family dinners with my fam! They were the best!

    Funny, one of the bachelor girls when to my high school (a few years younger though)…small world!

    have a great rest of the weekend!

  5. i love family dinners! i feel very blessed to to have been able to have dinner with my family almost every night. you and your momma are adorable! you def favor her!

  6. Awesome! I always had family dinners growing up too. All the way until I left for college. No TV, no phone…just family talk. I LOVED IT! Even though Keith and I don’t have kids we do a real dinner every night…even if we are just eating turkey sandwiches. We set the table, turn off the TV, and have dinner. It is a nice time to reconnect at the end of every day! 🙂

    Can’t wait to hear about wedding dress shopping!!

  7. Family dinners are the best! We were never allowed to watch TV, answer the phone, etc. Sometimes I’d be annoyed if a good show was on, but now I look back and I’m so thankful for those priceless memories of talking with my family each night.

    That shrimp and fish casserole looks so good!!

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