|Audrey's first summer in DL.|
Every year since Audrey was a baby we have gone to stay in Detroit Lakes, MN with my in-laws for some part of the summer. That first summer it was less than a week but the next summer ended up being a 7 week trip. I had a new baby (Maurene) and a workaholic spouse who decided his parents would do a better job of helping me through those difficult first weeks. It turns out he was right.
While we were there we fell into a routine. Well, as much of a routine as you can have with a newborn. I spent my time sleeping, feeding Maurene, and getting her to sleep. My father-in-law did a lot of the entertaining for Audrey. My mother-in-law still works so she was busy during the day a lot. When it came time to make dinner Audrey was eager to spend time with her.
|Two year old Audrey, Papa, and Dayna.|
In order to be able to make dinner and still have time for Audrey my mother-in-law pulled a stool up to the counter and started showing Audrey how to tear lettuce and build the family favorite, Strawberry Salad. This was a task Audrey took to immediately. Here is a picture of her with a face full of feta cheese. I do not know how we ended up having any left over for the salad.
|One for me, one for the salad.|
Family dinners during that blissful 7 weeks were planned, executed, and consumed together. I had no idea what I was missing until that trip. Audrey felt such a sense of accomplishment and inclusion and I enjoyed the regular meals with family. I vowed when we returned home I was going to continuing cooking with Audrey. It was easier said than done.
Next: Why cooking with my children is so hard for me.