Tuesday, January 5, 2010

All gussied up!

So I don't really 'do' resolutions I don't guess....maybe I don't have enough resolve?

Yeah yeah, I can say all I want that I don't set resolutions, but truly we all do it, whether we write them down (or admit it) or not. Even if we wanted to do the same thing a month ago...or a year ago, or even 2 years 3 months ago. Hey it's JANUARY after all, and a NEW YEAR. ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE, right!? Right?
Oh please...I hope so, I hope that maybe this flip of the calendar might give me more resolve (and less cookie eating), more organization to actually DO (or in the case of the cookies...NOT DO) the things I know I need to.
But Goodness I keep looking at blogs, facebook, listening to people and I'm so impressed with all their goals for this brand new lovely year. What about me? I needed something fancy to share, to impress, to sound cool.

hmm....FANCY you say?

better pull out the china.

No really, honey we need to pull out the china. We got to get fancy!!
So what if it's a frozen burrito, it will taste better on fancy china, right?
(shh...really there's a story there. That's the first thing I served on our fine china to my sweet hubby...I'm so ashamed
But hey, I'm sure it tasted better. It was all fancy after all!!)

That's right folks. We're pulling out all the stops. Gettin' classy 'round here and eating our PB&J's on the "Fancy Dishes!" I mean really, what's the point of having it if it only gets dusted off a couple of times a year. Nope no more.

We're going to be FANCY in this here 20-10.

So, we've taken it from it's formal china cabinet, and nicely arranged place settings. Stacked it up in a much less formal cabinet in the kitchen and.....

....we're using it!

And you know what that means??

Well, that the child in charge of setting the table actually puts thought into it and folds the napkins all fancy-like, of course.

And fine china means you light candles....even at breakfast in full daylight apparently.

And fine china means you sit up straighter.

And fine china means you don't forget, and put your elbows on the table.

And fine china means you chew with your mouth closed (no matter how stuffy your nose is).

And it means you must stick your pinky up when drinking your hot cocoa.

And fine china means we use our best manners and talk in your best british accent. Okay not really...well the accent I mean...although don't give my hubby and daughter any ideas.

and fine China means more dishwashing by hand.


yes, in fact, I think it's worth it!!

I should have gotten fancy in 2009.....but you see now it's 2010...and anything is possible. Even this family getting fancy-like!!
(maybe by 2020 we'll even be classy)


Tricia said...

Eating on china somehow makes every day life more special. And it makes the kids feel value. Good choice for a new resolution. It has the power to change your life and your family more than you think. God bless you and yours this new year. :)

Andy's Bethy said...

That is adorable! I didn't even bother to register for "fancy" china when we got married, for the very reason that no one ever uses theirs. I am so excited to hear the fun you are going to have with yours!

The Unlikely Homeschooler said...

Tricia you are so right!!

Bethany, I have wished over and over again that I had done that exact same thing. My sister in law did that too and I thought it brilliant!!

Darla said...

i started doing the same thing in 09, i bought china from the thrift store, stopped using paper plates, bought wine glasses and started enjoying life, even with more dirty dishes! it is worth it, you are so right...and my family loves our new outlook. great blog!...i saw your comment on Heather's blog and i hoppped over to check out yours, nice meeting you~

The Unlikely Homeschooler said...

Welome Darla!! You are so right about the new outlook. It's fun!! Glad to know I'm not the only one out there who thinks the dishes are well worth it! So fun!
Thanks for visiting me here in blogland!!!

Anonymous said...

Okay, so do you do this every day for every meal? Just curious.

The Unlikely Homeschooler said...

Good question...thanks for visiting!! No, not every meal or at least not yet. But usually for one. No routine or rhyme or reason to it. They are just as accessible as the every day dishes now. We aren't that organized with it (or anything...ha ha!). It started with the glasses...my Grandmother's fostoria. I found it in the attic right after she died and thought "I want to pull this out and use it not have it in the attic she was so proud of it and used it" and that led to pulling our china in from the dining room too.
So you just never know. a kid may decide to set the table with it and that's fine. Generally that doesn't happen more than one meal a day but I'm open to that. Especially since hubby cleans up after dinner most nights...ha ha!!

Sandra said...

Love it!!