A Twist on Family Friday

by Mindy Lockard on February 28, 2009


People have encouraged me to share about our Family Friday.   Since this is a blog about me both personally and professionally, it does seem appropriate for me to share one of my most treasured activities: Family Friday!  


A bit of history…. Family Fridays began last January when I was wearing my Family Cruise Director hat.  At that point, we were all desperate for sunshine during the NW’s greyest months!  Having a little family party at the end of each week was just what we needed!  As a mother and avid hostess, it is the perfect way for me to channel my first loves,entertaining and my family!  Not to mention, philosophically it’s important to me that as a family we know how to have fun together, as sometimes it’s easy to simply cohabitate.  My greatest desire is to relate to my family on a deeper level and to do this we (heavy on the Me) must be able to kick back, get silly, and be 100% present!


Three Rules of Family Friday… (No surprise that I have rules, I am-after-allan etiquette consultant)


1. Family Friday, first and foremost, must be about family.  This means that everyone has a say in what we do–a great opportunity to work on making compromises, helping out, and keeping it simple (the latter is directed to the Cruise Director).

2. Family Fridays have to stay within our family budget – requiring creativity and a bit of McGivering (if that’s a word) once in awhile.


3. Family Friday must be easy to clean-up.  I never want this to be something people enjoy but dread the clean-up!  This is not about mom’s big ideas; it’s about being together!


Family Friday, February 27th 




This past Family Friday had a bit of a twist…we made homemade pretzels and played Maggie’s favoriteFancy Nancy: Big Easy Game”.  Late in the afternoon, Maggie fell asleep as we were curled up on the sofa reading books.  This siesta provided me and Elle the perfect opportunity to sneak away to the kitchen and prepare the pretzel dough.  


Maggie is a great helper, but last time she “helped” our newly made fortune cookie batter was “accidentally” poured down the drain.  We now use her “help” in other areas!


When all of the ingredients had been combined and mixed, Elle showed me how she learned to kneed bread at school.  Let’s just say she may have a future as the bongo player in a Reggae band. After the bongo show, we set the dough aside to rise.  We were cleaning up the kitchen when  Ty called and offered to pick-up dinner on his way home adding another sweet twist to the evening!  


During dinner we discussed our pretzel toppings of choice:

  • Ty: Cinnamon and Sugar
  • Me: Sea Salt (Lent, no sugar)
  • Maggie: Sprinkles
  • Elle: Sea Salt

After dinner, Maggie and I made a quick run to the grocery store as I was out of cinnamon.


This is where Mags shines. She’s great at holding items, and I find her in-store commentary quite adorable.  


Once we were home and had the toppings organized in bowls, we were ready to get cookin’. We all stood in the kitchen rockin’ to Mommy and Daddy’s  Middle School favorites (with a bit of editing) on Pandora Radio’s Bon Jovi Station and rolling out long ropes of dough which we twisted  into a shape that somewhat resembled a pretzel. 


Ty’s pretzels were by far the most impressive and if he focuses is energy he could give Wetzel’s a run for its money…  


Once the pretzels were boiled, baked, glazed, sprinkled and dipped, we sat around the dinner table with “Fancy Nancy” snacking on sweet or for me savory pretzels, and laughing until we cried at each other saying the funny phrases (required by the game, of course) such as “Ooh, la, la”, “Bonjour Butterfly” & “Pinkies up darling”.


What are your family traditions?  I’d love to hear about them!


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Lizzie (Coleman) 03.01.09 at 2:17 pm

I love this idea! Would you rate, (on a non-Martha scale) 1-10, how hard it was to make the pretzels? I always have great intentions for Fridays, but am beat after a long week, so we either have “Friday Night at the Movies”, or “Friday night in the cul-de-sac” which consists of sharing dinner duty or take-out with our favorite neighbors. This week, I was not up for a late night so we stayed in, and guess what we watched? You guessed it: STAR WARS (Episode I). Then all the boys “camp out” on the floor of our bedroom. Since, Scott and I value Sat am sleep, (and the boys don’t) we also made up a new weekend rule: the time you get up on Sat am determines the time you go to bed that night… I’ll let you know how that goes next week!

admin 03.01.09 at 4:30 pm

Thanks, Lizzie,

On a non-Martha scale of 1 to 10, 10 being “cut and bake cookies” this recipe falls around a 6. The KitchenAid makes it extra easy. There are several steps, so I think the first time it’s just about getting your mind around the process. If you do it, and I highly recommend it, keep in mind there is joy in the process! If you are serious about it, I will provide back up!

Family togetherness is about doing what fits for each family. I adore the idea of “camping out” and “Friday night in the cul-de-sac”. I believe as parents the greatest gifts we can give our children are the gifts of memories. Memories, more than light sabers and fancy dolls will be with them for their lifetime!

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Katie Heidrick 03.02.09 at 8:45 am

I love the idea of your Friday night traditions, they seem so fun. Our family seems to always be going from one thing to the next since the kids are only three, two, and four months old. We have recently started trying to slow down once a week and spend some good cuddle time together. We call it our “movie night with popcorn and a prize”. It is nothing grandios, but the kids get to pick out a movie at the library, then daddy pops some popcorn and we add a “prize” (usually we split a bag of skittles or m&m’s between the kidddo’s). We all pile on the couch together and watch our show. It gives us all a great opportunity to just stop thinking of all the things that need to get done and just “be” with one another. I love doing this and we try to do it one day a week, although sometimes we don’t. I look forward to many more traditions shared with our family as our kiddo’s grow older.

Hollie 03.02.09 at 1:46 pm

Hi Mindy!
I love that you name it “Family Friday Night”! It sets it aside from the rest of the week and has a distinction and ownership of Family Time, a lost art.
We spend alot of time together as a family whether it is watching movies, reading while lazing in the family room, playing on the Wii, or simply praying before bedtime. But adding a little more distinction and thrill to it is something I have taken from your blog. Thank-you!

Angela 03.02.09 at 5:50 pm

Hi Mindy,
I share a tradition with close friends who have become like family to me. Every Sunday evening I go over to their home for “Sunday Dinners”. Jenn and her husband have two girls, a two-year old and a 7-month old baby. I usually arrive at the tail end of the girls’ naps, giving me and Jenn time to catch up – uninterrupted. (As a stay-at-home mom, she appreciates the adult interaction.) When the girls wake up, we’ll chat, play, sing, and dance while starting dinner. Following a dinner around the kitchen table, we all hangout. But at 7:00 pm, we gather to have dessert and watch America’s Funniest Videos. It’s become so much of a tradition that Gracee asks, “Where’s Angia?” when America’s Funniest Videos comes on and I’m not there. We treasure our tradition, and we miss it when we can’t get together. It isn’t so much what we do – its being together. Sunday Dinners are made of wonderful memories and strengthened relationships. Cheers, Angela

Cindy 03.03.09 at 6:04 pm

There is quite an age spread between my three children as they are 20 years old, 16 years old and 11 years old. Consequently there has been some difficulty in finding movies, games, activities that suit all children. Our favorite family games are Apples to Apples and Pass the Pig. Probably our biggest tradition happens during family dinners where we play Orchids and Onions. As the name suggests, each family member shares their best and worst of the day. It is great for bonding and initiating converstion!

admin 03.04.09 at 9:15 am

Hi, Cindy, I love Orchids and Onions! Thank you for sharing!

Best, Mindy

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