I can remember using it once. It was for an Easter brunch we had with two other couples. The day after that brunch I got morning sickness for the first time in my life. My first trimester with Ash was hard. We moved during my second trimester and those china pieces have been nestles in a storage container ever since.
Today was the first time that I've used my china set in over four years!
I actually decided that not only would I get it out and serve my kids breakfast on it, I decided to donate and/or sell every other cup, plate, and bowl that we own (aside from the children-sized dishes we have).
I have wasted 5 years with my set. It was never displayed and only used once. I realized that it makes no sense to have so many dishes and keep saving the ones I like best for a special occasion that never happens. Holidays come and go, and I either use disposable stuff or our everyday mismatched stuff. Why? We're supposed to treat each moment with our loved ones as special. So - I'm doing that with my china, from now on.
And, yes, I am letting my kids use my china too. It's just STUFF. And stuff can be replaced. Skipping the feeling of eating everyday food on special day china? Surrounding myself with a couple of pretty things that make me smile (instead of a lot of substandard items)? That can be missed, which is sad. I'm not going skip out on another one of those moments!
I had some mint hot chocolate tonight. Mmmmmmm. And yes, it DID taste better in my beautiful tea cup! :)