COW and I love a tradition, so we have taken our favorites from our growing up years and added some of our own to make our years with our children full of them. Big or small, it doesn't matter. Traditions give us something familiar and fun to look forward to. They tie us together, and in the future will be the things we discuss around the Thanksgiving dinner table.
When Stasha had a call-out for listicle ideas, I immediately thought of traditions. She chose it for this week, and I am excited to see the traditions other people have. I'm always looking for new ones to add to our repertoire. (Gotta admit, had to look that word up in the ol' dictionary.)
Some of our favorite traditions:
1. Every summer we rent a vacation house with a friend from high school and his family. We have just finalized our trip for this, our 11th year of vacationing together. People are always surprised by this trip for a variety of reasons. For one, we go someplace different every year. Mostly, though, people are shocked that the other family goes with us. They only have one child. To ensure this tradition continues, we made them the godparents for two of our kids. They are stuck with us forever.
3. When I was growing up, my dad would make us kids sit on the steps for a photo before heading downstairs on Christmas and Easter mornings. We do the same with our kids.
|1986 - My siblings and me
|The Christmas before Turken was born. They were so little!
5. Each holiday has it's own tradition. Thanksgiving is spent with my family, Christmas is with COW's family, and the most fun is had at my dad's big 4th of July party. Kids and water and ballgames and cousins and food and games and fun all day and night.
|There's always the big "Everybody stand on and around the porch while one non-family member takes 300 photos with 100 different cameras" event.
6. Easter is the only major holiday we spend at home with just our family. A few years ago we added a fun element. Roasting Peeps. Putting them in a s'more is optional.
|Don't ask me why it looks like a funeral for a Peep. They really do enjoy doing this.
7. Each year we throw a big Labor Day pitch-in party for our friends from school/church. This last year, we pared it down and only had about 75 people. In the past, there were well over 100 adults and children running around the property having a great time.
8. Every year COW and I skip the school's Super Bowl party and have one with our kids. We always have a cake from the Boy Scout cake auction (another annual tradition) and a table full of finger foods. The food varies, depending on whether the meal planner and shopper is COW or me. The amount of vomit also varies by the same criteria.
9. Going to the State Fair is a family tradition we rarely miss. Each and every year, we get a photo in front of the same barn to gauge how the kids have grown. It is remarkable.
|2013 - the barn got a new coat of paint, the kids got ridiculously big.
|Buttercup in front of the house where part of the second Hunger Games movie was shot. We stumbled upon it while in Atlanta two weeks after the actors left.
Have a lovely day!