Angela has asked for a flash of the dining room this week, so here's mine. We only really use it when there are more than just the four of us. Usually when it's just family, we tend to eat in the kitchen. I find that so much easier with the kids who always want a bit more of something or another drink or have a spill so I am up and down like a yo-yo.
It does make it a bit more special for everyone when we do eat in the dining room though. Mark in particular loves the whole candles, good glasses (not plastic) and table laying ritual.
Do you want to know a guilty secret now? I LOATHE eating with my children. I force myself to do it because I know it's good for them to see adults modelling table manners, eating different foods and making conversation. But really, in practice, what they see is me jumping up and down from the table, stretching over everyone to cut up their food and fielding bizarre questions like 'Mummy, how do the chickens make drumsticks? Is it like laying an egg?'.