Traditions Tidbits

Arbor Day Traditions

Arbor Day

(Illustration Credit: Victoria Riza)

“I’ve been coming to this oak tree every day for thirty years. Every single day.”

I looked at the man sitting on the ground. He was old. His beard had grown over the fold of his tucked-in shirt. His skin was as dirty and broken as the ground he was sitting on. And my first thought was that he was crazy. But I was bored and school didn’t start for twenty more minutes (and I was planning on being ten minutes late anyways), so I decided to sit down next to him and hear what he had to say.

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Bring Tradition Home: Petersen Family (The Holiday Kick-Off)

Petersen Family Traditions

“We love to be outside. We do a lot of camping, we do a lot of hiking, and we do anything that has the word “festival” in it.”

(Photo Credit: Aria Photography)

Can you introduce me to your family?

Lindsey: We are the Petersen family. My name is Lindsey, my husband’s name is Ben — he couldn’t make it today, he had to work late. I grew up in Virginia and came to Utah to go to school at BYU. I married a local, and so this is where I live! When Ben and I got married, I inherited two boys. The oldest, Kyle, isn’t here right now, and Cameron, the younger boy, is fourteen. Kyle was four and Cameron was one when Ben and I got married. Four years later we had Eva, and three years later we had India.

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Bring Tradition Home: Stewart Family (Sports, Shoes and Mission Impossible)

Stewart Family Traditions

“I would say that our traditions are centered around sports — especially with Ray being a coach at BYU. We go to almost every women’s basketball game. And of course we go to Trey’s games and Sophie’s games all the time. We just really love sports.”

(Photo Credit: Aria Photography)

Can you introduce me to your family?

Trey: My name is Trey, and I am twelve years old. My hobbies are basketball and football.

Denise: My name is Denise Stewart, and I am originally from American Fork, Utah… What else is there to say about myself? I’m a mom (laughs). We have twins in our family, Melia and Maya, and they just turned three in April. And their hobby is to wreak havoc.

Sophie: I’m Sophie, and I am fifteen. I play soccer and I like to run.

Ray: My name is Ray, I’m originally from New Jersey, and I am the Assistant Women’s basketball coach at BYU. My hobbies include spending time with my family and collecting shoes.

Denise: He has a massive collection of Jordan’s.

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Hug an Australian Day

Hug an Australian Day

(Illustration by: Victoria Riza Illustration)

“Tell her they’re from me!” I yelled out to her. Michelle laughed, dumped the flowers in the garbage can, and walked away. I can’t say I was surprised. Michelle was best friends with Ava, the girl the flowers were intended for, and the girl I desperately wanted to date. The fact was that every guy on campus wanted to date Ava, and Michelle had grown tired of being the messenger of failed love attempt after failed love attempt.

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Bring Tradition Home: Bethards Family (Spontaneous Road Trips)

Bethards Family Traditions

 “We love to feed the horses across the street. They’re owned by the neighbors, but our kids think they’re ours.”

(Photo Credit: Aria Photography)

Can you introduce me to your family?

Aria: I am Aria Bethards, and this is my husband, Tommy, and our children Sydney, Max, and Noah. Tommy and I are both from California, but we met at BYU ten years ago and have stayed in Utah ever since. Oh, we have one dog, Haley, who’s a big part of our family. She was our first baby when we got married. She thinks she’s human, and the kids think she’s their real sibling. They climb all over her, but she puts up with it because they’re constantly sneaking food to her.

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The Easter Rock

Easter Traditions“Bunnies?” I asked my sister seated next to me on the living room floor. She was seven, and she was the smartest person I knew. She looked at me, flicked a strand of hair out of her left eye, and shook her head.

“Not bunnies,” she said.

“Eggs. Definitely eggs,” I said with confidence. But when my assuredness was met by her skepticism, I frowned.

“Definitely not eggs,” she responded.

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Bring Tradition Home: Livingston Family (Groundhog Day Gifts)

Livingston Family Traditions

“Because Daisy and Milo have other siblings, and because we want Daisy and Milo to know that the decision for adoption was a decision of love on both our part and the birth mothers’ parts, one of our traditions is to pick out Christmas presents for Daisy’s and Milo’s siblings every year.”

(Photo Credit: Aria Photography)

Can you introduce me to yourselves?

Patrick: We are the Livingston family. We love theater. We have two kids, Milo and Daisy. My name’s Patrick, and this is Lindsay.

Daisy: Umm, your wife.

Patrick: Yes, Lindsay is my wife… And I work at Blickenstaff’s.

Daisy: But you promised to stay where the clothes were!

Patrick: Yes, I did promise, but then I decided to go where the toys were. Which is better: clothes or toys?

Daisy: Toys!

Patrick: Right. I used to work at Anthropologie, so that’s what she means by “where the clothes were.”

Lindsay: And like Patrick said, I am Lindsay, his wife. I teach theater at BYU, and we moved here to Provo about a year ago.

Daisy: Mom! Mom, mom, mom. Can you tell them a secret?

Daisy leans in close to Lindsay’s ear to whisper a secret.

Lindsay: Daisy wants me to tell you that she just barely lost her first baby tooth.

Daisy: And my new tooth is coming in and it has bumpy edges!

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Bring Tradition Home: Smith Family (Fitness Traditions)

Smith Family Traditions

 “The couple that lifts together stays together.”

(Photo Credit: Aria Photography)

Can you introduce me to yourselves?

Sean: My name is Sean, and this is my wife Morgan. I am a bodybuilder, and I have a passion for fitness. I am currently going to school for a degree in Exercise Science, and I am also thinking about getting a degree in Exercise Physiology.

Morgan: I’m Morgan, like Sean said, and I am a hair and makeup artist at Studio Enizio in Lehi, Utah. I have been there for five years. As long as I can remember, I have always had a love for doing hair and makeup, so I am very glad to be working where I do.

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Bring Tradition Home: Andrews Family (The Weekend Airstream)

Andrews Family Traditions

 “We just bought an Airstream last year, so we are going to be taking a lot of trips in that. We love to go camping on the weekends.”

(Photo Credit: Aria Photography)

Can you introduce me to your family?

Angie: My name is Angie, and I am the mom. I love photography. My husband’s name is Keith, and he also really enjoys photography. Our oldest daughter is Payton and she is thirteen. We have another daughter, Reese, and she is six. Our son Crew is five, and our youngest is Ireland, and she is three.

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Events

Game Night – A Blickenstaff’s Family Tradition

Game Night

 

Looking for the perfect activity to do with your family & friends? Stop by each Monday night between 6PM-8PM with your group and choose a game right off the shelf and our game experts will teach you how to play!

If you LOVE the game you play we will give you 10% off that night.

We’ll help you make game night a memorable family tradition!

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