When we moved back to Rockford (the hometown of both myself and my husband) four years ago this July, we pledged to make the move “worth it.”  You see, we adored living in Champaign.  We loved living in a city that is home to a major university, and all that comes with it.  We loved our teaching jobs, our students and our co-workers.  We loved our home, our neighbors and our neighborhood.  But the longing we both felt for our families far outweighed all of that.

We told ourselves that if we moved away from this fabulous city in order to be closer to our families, we must make every attempt to see our families, and see them often.  Although all of us have busy schedules, and it can often feel overwhelming to squeeze in time with everyone, we are so, so, so happy to be home.

Our summer “Tuesday Night Dinner” tradition is one we truly love and it makes us so very thankful for how full our lives are.  Full of family.  Full of love.  And always full of laughter 🙂

A Summer Tradition

Yesterday evening marked the beginning of a great summer tradition at the Fagan abode…Tuesday Night Dinner.  Our entire family gathers on our back deck for food, drinks, and lots of fun and laughs.  While talking last night, I think we all agreed that Tuesday Night Dinners are our favorite activities of the summer months, and we were all thrilled that it is that time of year again.

Last night’s theme was Mexican fiesta, and it was fabulous.  My hubby and I prepared some Rick Bayless recipes from this cookbook and this cookbook, while other family members brought other scrumptious dishes for all to share.

Here is a glimpse into the fun that was had by all last evening…