Family Interviews

Bring Tradition Home: Davis Family (Ding-Dong Ditch)

Davis Family

(Photo Credit: Aria Photography)

Can you introduce me to yourselves?

Chelsea: I am Chelsea Davis, and I am from Las Vegas, Nevada. I am married to this man (points to her husband, Brian), and he is going to school at Brigham Young University, which is why we are in Provo, Utah right now. I enjoy… What do I enjoy? I enjoy movies, date nights, the outdoors, and food. That’s pretty much me.

Brian: Like Chelsea said, I go to BYU. Right now I am playing a lot of sports. I’m taking a basketball class at BYU. I’ve been playing a ton of racquetball lately. Chelsea and I work together, and in the summer we spend pretty much every minute with each other because of our work schedule. During the school year though, I have to go to work at six in the morning, so that’s lame.

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Treat Yourself (One VERY sweet night!)

 

 

 

This year we celebrated Valentines Day with our true loves (you!) and A LOT of sweets! Over 50 different candies and sodas to be exact. We had so much fun and are still riding the sugar high! Thank-you so much for coming out and celebrating with us. Treat Yourself went so well that we’re going to do this again. We will be back later this year for another very sweet & spooky holiday :)

Treat Yourself

Treat Yourself

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International Mother Language Day

 Two kids are standing on railroad tracks after the world has been (predictably, I mean, we’ve all seen the movies recently) taken over either by zombies, aliens, or robots — or some combination of all three. Those two kids are our last hope for the future of humanity! There they are, standing on those tracks hiding from their captors who are scanning the earth anxiously because they know that there are humans still alive, when one kid asks the other kid a question. “So, how do we save this planet? We’re in some pretty deep water.” The other kid stares at him blankly. Probably just a mild case of shock. Cut the kid some slack, he just watched robots, aliens, and zombies take over the world. The kid who asked the question realizes this, so he backs off for a few minutes and then repeats the question. “So, how do we save this planet?” No answer. “Hello?” After a few more seconds, the kid finally responds: “Je ne parle pas l’anglais.”

 

Oh, come on.

 

This February 21st, celebrate International Mother Language Day, a holiday that was started in 1999 by UNESCO (United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization) to bring awareness to the fact that other languages and cultures exist in the world, and that we, as humans, have a great responsibility to learn about those languages and cultures. Hopefully the earth never finds itself in this situation above, but if it did, wouldn’t it be nice if both those kids had more actively celebrated International Mother Language Day?

 

Here’s some tips for celebrating:

-Teach someone another language. If you are bilingual (or multilingual — no limitations here), try to teach someone else how to speak in a different language. Kids, fellow employees, students, spouses, parents, acquaintances, random people at the park — just talk to someone and increase the cultural awareness of the world one person at a time.

-Preserve your unique heritage by showing it to others. Not from the same neck of the woods as your neighbors? Perfect! This February 21st (and every other day, really — cultural diversity never hurt anyone), have a party at your house and make some traditional food from your homeland, teach others how to do a dance only found in your country, or show some friends a foreign flick.

-Learn another language. Pick a language that sounds appealing to you, get a book, an iPhone app, or Rosetta Stone, and start learning little by little.

 

Whatever you decide to do, find a way to make our world a more understanding and tolerable place by learning of the people and culture that surrounds you.

Multilingualism is a source of strength and opportunity for humanity. It embodies our cultural diversity and encourages the exchange of views, the renewal of ideas and the broadening of our capacity to imagine.” – Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director General.

 

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Bring Tradition Home: The Tyau Family (Korean Kids’ Day)

 Tyau Family

“We like having tickle fights! Daddy likes to tickle, but none of us like getting tickled.”

(Photo Credit: Aria Photography)

Can you introduce me to your family?

Sarah: I am Sarah, and my husband is Jay. Our oldest daughter is Adalie, she is six and in kindergarten. My daughter Ariana is four and a half, she is in preschool. Our son, Aiden, is five months. We also have a dog named Achilles, and he is two.

Arianna: Two?? I thought he was a teenager!

Sarah: (laughs) In dog years he is a teenager, but in human years he is two.

Ariana: And we used to have another dog named Lionel but we sent him away and Adi (Adelaide) cried.

Sarah: Yeah, this was just a few days ago…

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Bring Tradition Home: Walker Family (The Kid Chefs)

Walker Family Globe

“I really think that traveling creates memories for children and those memories last forever.”

(Photo Credit: Aria Photography)

Can you introduce me to yourselves?

Katie: I am Katie. I am from Las Vegas. I like crocheting, spending time with my family, watching TV shows… I played golf in high school, but I have been bad at keeping it up, so I’m not very good at it anymore. Actually, I wasn’t very good at it to begin with (laughs). I like cooking. Cooking has always been a big part of my life.

Brian: I am Brian Walker, and I am also from Las Vegas. That’s where Katie and I met, but I have also lived in a couple different cities in California and Utah. I lived in Santiago, Chile for two years as well. I love sports – right now I am playing both soccer and volleyball. I also love outdoor activities: fishing, camping, mountain climbing, etc. I like spending time with my family, I am involved with my church, and I am a student who wants to be a doctor.

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President’s Day

 President's Day

“Hooray!” yell the students. “President’s Day is coming!”

Noticing a moment to interject with some wisdom (and also a time for a pop quiz) my fifth grade teacher raps on the blackboard to get some attention.

“And who knows what President’s Day is actually about?” asks Mrs. Miner.

Blair, the class clown (in the sort of way that’s only funny when you are there or a fifth grader) yells out, “It’s about gettin’ a day off of school!”

Cheers and laughter from all the students. We eagerly begin talking about what we are doing this year.

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Bring Tradition Home: Young Family (Christmas Eve Bowling)

Blickenstaffs Young Family

 “We say a nightly prayer, and we all join in a little saying at the end. It goes, ‘When we are with the Lord we are unstoppable, we can do the impossible, and we can change the world.’”

(Photo Credit: Aria Photography)

Can you introduce me to your family?

Braxton: My name is Braxton. I like to play Minecraft, football, and baseball. I like to go hunting.

Bailey: My name is Bailey. I like to play on the Kindle. I like to play with friends. I want to be a teacher.

Bridger: My name is Bridger. I like to play with my Kindle. I like to play Minecraft. I like superheroes.

Mindy: My name is Mindy. I love being a mom. I love photography and anything design. I have a design blog called Dear Emmie.

Randon: My name is Randon Young. Mindy and I have been married for nine years, going on ten this year. First and foremost, I love being a dad and a husband more than anything. I have been doing real estate for ten years, and I also coach high school football — I’ve been coaching at Bingham High School for six years. I like working with people to help them try and become better at what they love to do. My biggest passion in life is working with reining horses.

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Bring Tradition Home: Meek Family (The Every Holiday Tree)

Meek Family

 “We have been exploring a new cookbook… and it has been really fun to experiment with new recipes. We have a made it a point to cook a meal together at least three or four times a week.”

(Photo Credit: Aria Photography)

 

Can you introduce me to yourselves?

Stephen: I am Stephen Meek, and sitting next to me is my wife Whitney Meek. We both work for a television show as writers and actors.* Because we work in television, we really like watching television shows. I am in school studying International Relations. I also like music a lot. A lot, a lot.

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Bring Tradition Home: Sampson Family (The Christmas Pizza)

Sampson Family Traditions

“Traditions have the ability to bring people closer together and I think that if we are the family that has lots of fun traditions, then we could even spread that to others and create more friendships.”

(Photo Credit: Aria Photography)

Can you introduce me to your family?

Brett: Well, I’m Brett.

Brittany: And I’m Brittany… Sampson.

Brett: My wife is seven and a half months pregnant with our first baby girl. Her name will be Magdalene Rose Sampson, but we will call her Maggie for short.

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Bring Tradition Home: Crowley Family (Socks, Socks, Socks)

Crowley Family

“We have our weekly tradition of family dinner on Sunday, and we always leave an open invitation to anyone who wants to come. Often, we will get a lot of people who don’t have a family here in Provo to eat with. That way people can come and be a part of a family, even if only for a day.”

(Photo Credit: Aria Photography)

Can you introduce me to your family?
Amy: Sure. Kim is forty-two, and she is my special needs sister. Lanie is sixteen. Sophie is fourteen, Chloe is eight, and Amelia is six. Amelia, do you want to come over and join us?
Amelia, at the beginning of the interview, is on the couch in another room. I look behind me as she pauses her game on the iPad, shakes her head no, and returns to her game.
(Amy also has a husband, Jim, who is a surgeon, and two sons, Ben and Sam. Ben is serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Argentina, and Sam is living two hours north in Logan, Utah.)

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