The Gift of "Naka-Taka-Miewing"

One summer day in 1994 my two and one-half year old daughter went streaking. Hyped up on that exhilarated toddler "clean and wanting to be free" feeling, she wriggled out of my arms as I was toweling her off after a mid afternoon bath.I was on my knees when this happened and by the time I'd made it to my feet in an effort to chase her down, I heard the front screen door open....more

The other odd family tradition

Growing up my family had one other odd Christmas tradition. I’m not sure where it came from but I know it was in place until my mom died in 1999. I think it originated with Mama (maternal grandmother) who was rather formal and reserved....more Yes presents were passed out one at a time by whoever was playing Santa. ...more

Multi-National Traditions

National Multi-National Traditions...more

Learning to Skate

I do not skate well.  Let's just get that out of the way....more

New Family Traditions: Thursday night dinner

 We started a newe family tradition this week.  Dinner out with all the kids.  The plan is to have each person in the family pick which resturant we eat at on Thursday night.  This week was Nikki's pick and we ate at Red Robin.  Michael and I had never been there before....more
@KarenLynnn I like the idea of "no clean up." Maybe I should suggest eating out once in a while ...more

Movie Night

Do you have a regular movie night tradition with your family? I love creating family traditions that bring me, my husband, and my children all together for time to enjoy each others company. And I'm always on the lookout for fun ideas that will create awesome memories for my children. But sometimes, our traditions begin by accident.Like our traditional Friday night, movie night did....more

Naturally dyed eggs

I love this time of year. The blossoms are blossoming, the trees are busting buds, the grass seems extra green, and sadly, my allergies don't like any of it. But, I love it. Really, I do! Something deep inside me gets all buzzely with excitement. It's spring - a fresh new start!...more

Traditions - Do families even have them anymore?

It's the holidays again and regardless your religious practices or beliefs, traditions are what give commonality to a family gathering.  Sometimes traditions might be all they share in life anymore. It is still very important to do if you have gotten away from it. What traditions do you participate in? Are there traditions you remember but don't follow anymore? Let's talk about it. ~Pam ...more

Motherly Advice

No Santa Claus! Thank God! He lives, and he lives forever....more

The first night of Hanukkah

Last night I had the family over for Hanukkah (10 of us). For the first time in about 30 years I cooked all the meal from scratch. I set a wonderful table in the living room and added Gelt as a gift to take home. Everyone was on time and we started with shrimp and dip and then went to the brisket (sweet), latkes and a green bean dish with bacon bits and bread crumbs. Okay, so it was not a kosher meal. My DIL said this was the first home cooked meal by me in 10 years, since she joined the family. I digress....more