My parents divorced when I was 2.5 years old so I didn't have set "traditions" per say for family time. It's not a big deal, and of course I had a wonderful childhood but I always said that once I had a family of my own I would have "family traditions". My absolute most favorite "tradition" we do in our house is Pizza Friday. We have pizza every Friday, (well, Brad, Asher, and I. Mr. Whitt is stubborn and doesn't eat it. The question is more like, what will Whitt eat) because who wants to cook after a long week. So we have pizza, skip baths, watch a movie and eat popcorn (minus Whitt again) and M&M's (those of course he eats ;) ) Asher even now will tell everyone about Pizza Friday. It just warms my heart knowing that they will remember this time once they get older.
As comfy as my Mitchell Gold sofa is, while watching Shrek for the 15th time, my mind wanders to how I wish I had an oversized, take over your room sofa, or even better, a movie room! Then we could all lay down and watch the movie!!! Heaven!! Just as long as I had a spot to rest my wine glass of course.
Of course to have a dedicated movie room is a luxury, but if you have the space you truly don't need much, a TV and as much seating that can fit your room. Preferably a deep sofa so you can get nice and cozy.
As far as art goes for your movie room, simpler the better. You don't want anything to detract from your movie. But a great way to decorate your space is to hang black and white photos of actors like Marlon Brando, Audrey Hepburn, Clint Eastwood, and James Dean to name just a few.
Another aspect to think about in home theaters is how you are going to soundproof the room. You certainly don't want to wake the kids with the sounds of guns and missiles going off from you watching Top Gun. Although it would be good to show them the iconic Tom Cruise singing "You've Lost that Loving Feeling'.
A great place to carve out a movie room is your attic or basement if you have one. You don't need an overly large space, just enough room so everyone can lay down and snuggle.
Of course if you're going to have a home theater, you gotta try and carve out a space for a snack bar. A place to pick up your drinks, popcorn and plethora of candy. Because you have to have not only salty but sour candy. Oh and chocolate of course.
On a Personal Note
This blog has been a dream of mine for quite some time. I felt like it would be an outlet for me while I stayed home with my boys. I've poured countless hours into it and I'm so proud of it. But, I'm sure you've noticed that I haven't been posting as often lately, well maybe you haven't. You see life throws you curve balls, and when that happens you have to decide how you're going to react. The two things I've always said since I was little was that I wanted to be a great Mommy and an interior designer. And while I've done both, I'm most proud of my boys, Asher and Whitt. The name Asher means "full of happiness" and it couldn't describe him better. He is such a happy, sweet, kind boy. And Whitt, he is stubborn, independent, will wipe your kisses off kind of kid. But he too is sweet, affectionate, and so damn funny. He will forever by my baby. To quote an email from my dad, "You guys and Whitt will put in the effort to help him develop to the best of his abilities......I think that all four of us grandparents would say to you that the most rewarding aspect of having been a parent was helping you and Brad get through the really difficult times of your childhood and adolescence. Anybody can be a star when times are good. The lasting emotional rewards of being a parent are looking back and seeing how you performed when the going got tough. This is going to take time but it most likely will turn out to be the most rewarding process that you and Brad will have gone through as parents." You see Whitt needs me to be the best I can be right now. When I write a post I normally stay up till about 1:30 am and am back up at 6:00 am when the boys wake in the morning. I've been able to handle the exhaustion thus far. But my Lovie needs me so I can help him grow and learn. I feel like the time and energy that it's going to take I need to be rested so I have the energy to put forth with him. I know he'll be fine, but it's been an emotional roller coaster for me as his Mother. But when I get down I remind myself, if this is his "big thing" in life, we've got it made. We're not sitting at Children's Hospital watching our sick child with cancer, or anything remotely like that. So you count your blessings and move on to the next day.
So, I hope you keep following because my goal is to still inspire you with beautiful spaces, just not quite as often for now.
Thanks so much for reading!