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Bring Tradition Home: White Family (Frequent Flyers)

White Family Traditions

“Because Adam travels a lot for work, we’ve been able to save up lots of frequent flyer miles. So we started a tradition of traveling that, so far, we’ve done with the three oldest children. One at a time, Adam and I will take each of the children on their own, personal trip to anywhere in the United States. They get to choose where we go, and it has become a special bonding experience for Adam and me to have that time with them.”

(Photo Credit: Alyssa Boyer)

Can you introduce me to your family?

Jen: My name is Jen White, I live in American Fork, Utah but my family and I are all moving to San Clemente, California. I like to read and write, and our family likes hiking, camping, and going to the beach. I’m the oldest of five in my family, and my husband is the oldest in his family, so we both grew up learning how to get our way. We’ve worked it out now.

Adam: All that means is that one of us has learned how to not get his way. Let’s put it like that (laughs). My name is Adam White. I work for a software company based out of California. I enjoy sports; I play soccer and basketball, and now that we’re moving to California, I’m looking forward to surfing.

Spencer: My name is Spencer White. I’m the oldest of five. I like to play soccer, and I like building stuff.

Jen: Spencer is very mechanically minded.

Sophie: My name is Sophie, and I am twelve years old. I like to play tennis and volleyball.  I love soccer as well. I like to draw and do all kinds of art.

Grace: My name is Grace and I am thirteen. I like to read and write and draw. I also like to play the violin and the ukulele.

Adam: Grace kind of lumped reading and writing and drawing all together, but she’s really an aspiring writer; she takes after her mother.

Grace: I’m on this website called Kidpub, and it’s a website where I can go on and write stories to post. Then other writers and guests can read the stories. I like to write fantasy stuff, mostly, but I also like to write realistic fiction as well.

Lucy: My name is Lucy and I’m six. I like to color and draw. I like to paint my nails and do makeup with my friends.

Jen: And our youngest, Lola, is two. She loves Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and anything that her older siblings do.

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Traditions Tidbits: Take Your Pants on a Walk Day

“This year is either the third or fourth year in a row I will have spent one day in my underwear in public. Fourth if you count the year when I was five and ran out of the house into the neighbor’s yard while my mom yelled after me, “You forgot your pants!” Third if you don’t count it. And I don’t, because it wasn’t intentional. But the two other instances, and the one about to happen today, were intentional, and so I count them.

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Bring Tradition Home: Savransky Family (Matzoball Soup & FAO Schwartz)

Savransky Family Traditions 

“I told her, ‘We’re going to move back to the city and we are going to live right next to a park; in the new home, we go to the park every day.’ And that promise of going to the park every day became her mantra. So every day when she wakes up at whatever hour she decides, she yells, ‘Mama! Wake up! It’s time to go to the park! In the new home, we go to the park every day.’ So no matter what, going to this park every day has become our thing.”

(Photo Credit: Alyssa Boyer)

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Traditions Tidbits: How to Celebrate Moon Day

Moon Day Holiday

One play rocket (miniature), one spacesuit (Halloween costume made by mom), and one moon (real, still in the sky).

I had my place in the grass in my backyard. I was lying flat, face up, flying my rocket to the moon, and wishing that instead of looking up towards that big, white rock, I was staring down at the one I was on.

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Bring Tradition Home: Oztan Family (Cheesy Christmas Music & Decorations)

Oztan Family Traditions

“I think that I want them to learn that there will many opportunities in life to be a hero or to do nothing. Whenever they can, I want them to try and be the hero. Even if it’s something little like stopping to help someone pick up their laundry that they dropped in the street.”

(Photo Credit: Alyssa Boyer)

Can you introduce me to your family?

Amy: My name is Amy Oztan. My hobbies are singing, playing the piano, and gardening. Well, sometimes gardening is a hobby and sometimes it’s a chore (laughs). Baking is a hobby of mine as well.

Jake: My name is Jake. I play the flute, and I’m about two months away from becoming a black-belt in taekwondo.

Fiona: My name is Fiona. I like to dance. I guess that’s a hobby, but it’s more of my main thing. I like art; and a new hobby I have is reading classic books. And I sing.

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Traditions Tidbits: 5 Independence Day Traditions

Independence Day

This is it! We’re talking about the biggest holiday of the summer, Independence Day. It’s basically Christmas of the summer, without the gifts. But 4th of July comes with its own set of unique treasures that definitely make it a holiday worth building some traditions around.

Here are 5 of our favorite ways to spend this American holiday with your family:

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Bring Tradition Home: Bennett Family (Books, Balls & The Get-Along Shirt)

Bennett Family Traditions

“Every year I have a new plan and I have this chart in my wallet of how old everyone will be and what grade they’re in. A lot of it works well because we work together and because Matt is a really, really good dad. He’s involved and really fun.”

(Photo Credit: Aria Photography)

How did you guys meet?

Jeanette: We met in Junior High in Idaho Falls. Matt was a grade above me. There wasn’t really a magical moment when we met. In High school we had a class together —Print Communications — his dad was our teacher and there were 4 students in the class.

Matt: We printed and designed all the dance and basketball programs for the school.

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