What are your fun family traditions?
Mama to DS (7)
And last week DS and I filled up 50 water balloons (it was supposed to be 100 but my fingers couldn't take any more tying) while DH was at work and surprised him with a "water park" in the backyard when he got home.
I guess those aren't really traditions in that they aren't things we do on the same day every year or anything, but they do make the day feel special somehow!
DSD and her dad go out to Starbucks for father-daughter time about 2-3 times a month.
We always put on Little Women movie when we dress up a Christmas Tree.
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I thought of a couple more (besides all the holiday traditions). We go to Yosemite most years and have for generations, and we always bring a strand of Christmas lights to decorate our camp, and bring a tablecloth and a potted plant to dress up the table. And the very first thing we have to do is walk to Happy Isles and get an orange juice bar from the snack bar -- for generations, that's just What You Do when you arrive in Yosemite.
We have some daily traditions like making a race out of going to the bathroom for bath time and leaving little offerings at our outdoor altar/shrine. I'm still trying to find more things for holidays and maybe to try and make up our own holidays too!
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So when the kiddos were much smaller, we would just literally all runa round butt naked for one day while I washed every single dirty sheet, towel, and article of clothing.
Then after everything was put away and the house was cleaned and shining, we would all take showers, ds2 usually with me and put on PJs and settle in for a movie and early bedtime in our freshly washed linens. And the dinner of choice for Naked Laundry Day was chocolate chip pancakes fried in coconut oil made from scratch and eaten straight out of the pan.
Now that the kids are 8 and 15 and think it's worse to see mother naked than to eat a bowlful of boogers, I only get to do it if they aren't home. I skip the pancakes now, though. LOL
Last year for father's day I took DS to a paint-your-own-pottery place and he made a special plate just for DH to eat his daddycakes on.
limabean -- love the Yosemite traditions and Daddycakes Day
Mama to DS (7)
We have a Faery tea party on Midsummer now ( 2 years running). DD wears wings and a dress she picks out, we do bubbles and glitter and have raw honey on rolls with some fruit, blooming flower tea and little edible flowers. We have all this in the backyard with dancing to 'dance magic dance' by Bowie and Faery hunting in the evening. This year I taught dd about leaving offerings to the Fay and asking for blessings. I hope she wants to do this for years and years to come!
We don't have any family traditions yet as we have just started our family.
DSD and her dad go out to Starbucks for father-daughter time about 2-3.
On Winter's solstice we head to "our" woods (neighborhing conservation land) for a walk in the dusk leaving treats we've made for animal friends. (pb covered toast dredge in birdseed sort of items) Then we go home for lasanga eaten by candle light only and we head off to bed only by candlelight. We sometimes burn old man winter (a body shape made of sticks and twigs) because the days then start to get longer.
I think most people do this, but breakfast for dinner means we drink juice with dinner. Always a huge hit.
Birthdays- I make the cake for the friends' party but the birthday person gets to make the family cake if they so wish. Of course they also get to pick the meal. "Cake" often means ice cream sundaes, a favorite cookie, etc. I once got an awesome berry salad for my cake.
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When my kids were younger we used to have random dance moments, mommy would put on some music and we would dance.
all of last year we would take a walk before supper. The kids loved that enough that they motivated me to do it (it was my exercise) but now that I am pregnant and have SPD I cant =(
We are, as a rule, VERY non-religious. If anything, we lean toward Buddhist. But both of us grew up with Christmas and therefore celebrate is a time for family and bonding and food you never eat and seeing people who you never see (...and sometimes feel like that's too much, but they ARE family and family sticks together...). One year, Christmas.just.sucked. Mom lost her house, we fought, the car broke down, brother relapsed... you get the idea, REALLY.BAD.DAY.times ten.
So we called a re-do one month out, did the basic family obligations, stock-piled the gifts, curled up alone together, ate frozen pizza, and watched lame cartoons.
January 25? The tree was still up, the lights were on, Christmas music was playing, Christmas movies from the DVR were played all day, and we opened gifts, had a nice dinner, and played up the day.
We now just plan Christmas to suck, give the kiddos prezzies, roll our eyes, and appreciate (greatly) anything that goes well that day.
Re-Christmas is the stuff we wait for. Kids at respite after a nice breakfast, grown ups exchange gifts, have a nice evening out, and get some rest.
The kids love it because it's always a fun day at respite, and we all get a healthy break.
Also, at the end of the week of DS stays on Green at daycare (was good) he gets to pick dinner. Sometimes it tacos (yes!) or nachos (yes!) or mcdonalds (ew!). But his choice if he has behaved all week. Sometimes he doesn't want to pick which means BBQ something.
We also walk once around our block most nights (it has been way too hot on our puppys paws this month so we are taking a hiatus.) This wears DS out and the dogs at the same time.
He is just three, but befor every major holiday we sit down and learn some history about the holiday. This year for the 4th we learned about the flag and that it was the birthday of 'merica. (He wanted to bake a birthday cake for 'merica- instead we had sundaes at a friends house...)
My aunt started taking her son to McDonalds for breakfast on Friday when he started kindergarten. They've never missed! And now he's a 19-year-old grown man, and still asks "mom, are we going to breakfast tomorrow??" So cute!
Second - this was my DH's first fathers day. I bought a cheapy scrapbook at Hobby Lobby and some craft paint. We stamped his hand on a page in the scrapbook, let it dry, and stamped DD baby hand on top of his in a different color. Our plan is to create a new page every fathers day with both of their hands.
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Every 6 months after the girls have a dentist appt we go to my mom's and our favorite Chinese restaurant (it's just down the street). After the girls appt in January we went for the first time without my mom because she was out of town on vacation. We couldn't not go, even though we didn't realize it was a tradition, it's become pretty ingrained!
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I grew up eating extremely healthy: no sugars, limited fats, all local or grown on our farm and vegetarian. We we're the ones who got carob chips in our brown bag lunches as a "treat". Granted, I now value a well balanced diet and locally grown foods and am passing that on to my husband and son. But my dad had a day we would call "Dream Time" where we would venture out and get an ice cream cone or doughnut at the local shop. It was pretty special and made me appreciate sweets as a rare treat.
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