I grew up in a family steeped in tradition. We made gingerbread men cookies for the Christmas tree, we sang certain songs on Christmas Eve, we have the same silly jokes that must be said on various occasions....but it was fun. A little annoying to those joining our family, but fun nonetheless. I started trying to count up the traditions my own little family has...good and bad. Here's what I came up with:
*Coronado: On our annual trip to Coronado, our kids have started traditions that they love. They love to have their picture taken in the gazebo of the Del every year. I think Parker came up with this.
We also started trying to get cute beach shots at sunset on the beach, but this is about as good as our kids could be for it. The pic at the top of my blog is their best effort....of course, not one with all of us turned out.
(bad pic of kids....2008)
I also take pics of them on the boogie boards at the beach, but this is always a challenge before they become sand monsters....
*This is another tradition....the BYU/Utah or Superbowl glutenous feast. Bill requires certain food for these games. It consists of Vanilla Cream Soda, mozerella sticks, peanut M&M's, onion dip, and wienies. It's a good this he doesn't have time to watch too much football.
*Every mother's or father's day, the kids love to make breakfast in bed. It really isn't the thrill that it sounds like....at least on my end. I usually have to wake up Bill to tell him he has to get started on it or we will never make it to church. I secretly shower, put on make-up, and do my hair and then pretend to be asleep when they come in, as to not ruin their "surprise". There is no sleeping-in involved.
*On our drive to California every summer, Bill and I must say, "The Meadows" in 2 places....one by an American Fork shopping center and one by a housing development in St. George. We are quoting a line from "So I Married an Axe Murder". We also must listen to B-52's and Moonpools and Catepillars while on a road trip. "Good Vibrations" by the Beach Boys MUST be played while driving over the Coronado Bridge.
*Bill and I love going to the "Parade of Homes" every August...we call it our "covet date". We love to look at ridiculously big homes.
(me coveting this beautiful scrapbook/craft room)
*Christmas: I give my kids a new Santa ornament every year, usually relating to something they have done in the past year. I plan on giving them all their ornaments when they get married.
*We have done the funnest neighbor gift for the last 7 years.... a mix CD of our favorite Christmas songs. It started out quite simple, but we now are deep into it. We feel a little pressure to do it for the rest of forever....or move. The kids love picking songs.
*We have to cross our hands when we sing Happy Birthday. This is a tradition that we did in my family, but my kids are dead serious about doing it, so I now claim this as my own tradition.
* Our inevitable fight in Disneyland. We usually go for 3 days and it just wouldn't be right if we didn't have some major family argument somewhere on the the 2nd or 3rd day. The pic below is where the most recent fight was...Pirate Island....right before we took this picture. This was also a tradition of mine growing up....cherry cokes/walking brooms/hot Tomorrowland ring a bell to any Newmans?
Anyway, that's all I got right now, but I love to have these written down. I am trying to start a few more traditions of Mom sleeping-in on Saturday or Sunday afternoon naps....can you tell I'm not getting enough sleep? What are some of your traditions????????