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Traditions Tidbits: Father-In-Law Day (July 30)

I stood nervously on the front door. I adjusted my tie for the seventh time, checked my teeth for food, and, above all, made sure that I appeared calm and collected — at least on the outside. I had to look like I knew what I was doing.

I knocked on the door. Five knocks. Not a weak three knocks that wouldn’t be heard, and not an overzealous seven knocks that made me seem too eager. A strong five knocks would be noticed.

I waited for the door to open. One second. Two seconds. Three seconds. Four seconds. Five seconds. Six seconds. Seven seconds. Eight seconds. The knob finally turned and Mr. Jackson was standing in the entryway.

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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

Braxton story_July 18

“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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