First Friday

We have a standing date with our oldest daughter and son-in-law on the first Friday of each month which we refer to as “First Friday.”  Aren’t we creative?

We started this tradition earlier in the year because we found that with such busy lives, we weren’t getting to see each other that often even though we only live a few miles away from each other.  On my son-in-law’s side of the family, they routinely get together, and we thought we should do the same thing.

A few years ago, we started the tradition of going to The Lake of the Ozarks together on Labor Day weekend.  We get to spend some time away without anyone having to take a chunk of vacation time, or getting too much family time.  Three days works out to be about perfect!

My daughter and son-in-law from this past Labor Day at The Lake.

And then this year, we started our First Friday tradition.  We usually have dinner together – either at one another’s home, or we go out to eat.  Sometimes, we go to one of our local bar and grill spots where they know us – everyone should have a Cheers type of hangout!

And other times, we go out of our comfort zone and visit a new restaurant.  Never a chain.  Nothing fancy.  Someplace comfortable and with good food.

This little pizza place is in smack dab in the middle of a neighborhood.  The food is fantastic!

This little place is located in a trendy neighborhood in the city, Lafayette Square.  They have the best hot wings that I have ever eaten.

We also eaten at Olympia Kebob House & Taverna in the Dogtown neighborhood of the city – great Greek food!  Another favorite spot was Grbic’s Restaurant for some great Eastern European and Bosnian food.  They have some of the best Sarma I have ever eaten!

Last month, our kids had an open house to celebrate the completion of their bathroom remodels which I talked about here.

We’ve missed a few months here and there, but we are back on track for this month.  We’re currently on the hunt for a new place to try!

Once you start a new tradition with your oldest child, it’s easier to continue it with the younger ones as they move up and out of the house, too.

That’s part of the evolution of the family life cycle.  Traditions evolve and change over time, but the end result is that we stay connected as a family.  And we get to eat some really good food along the way, too!

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