Summer Traditions

The aftermath

My family has a lot of traditions, for instance our family 4th of July party.  It’s been a family event since I was a young girl.  We also have the Easter egg hunt which involves plastic eggs filled with money that all the kids hunt for.  This started in Arizona with my dad’s family which my mom brought back and has kept up the tradition in our own immediate family.  But for me, it’s important to start some family traditions within our own family.  One that we have started is our Summer Seafood Boil.

It all started with my husband’s birthday.  We were past trying to “celebrate” it in normal terms, he’s too old now to be celebrating every year with birthday cake and presents.  After watching a particularly fun episode of  Alton Brown and his perfect seafood boil we knew we wanted to try it.  I LOVE to entertain.  If I were rich I would host very elaborate parties… all the time!  I just love it.  I love doing the invitations, coming up with a menu, the details and of course the actual socializing.  To me, there’s no better thing.  So after watching this episode we decided it would be super fun to host a seafood boil at our house.

I don’t know what it is about boiling a bunch of crustaceans throwing them in a big pile in the middle of the table and eating with your hands that is so much fun, but it is a blast!  It was such a hit that everyone started asking for it for birthday dinners and all, so instead we make everyone wait until the first weekend in August, for hubby’s birthday for our annual seafood boil.  We are preparing as I write this for the big day this weekend.

So what are your new family traditions?  Do they include just your immediate family or are friends and extended family included?  Do you think it is important to start these new traditions?  Comment and let us hear your ideas.

Oh, and one more thing… Happy Birthday today to my wonderful husband!  You are my everything babe, you make life so much better!  I love you!

Review – Swim Ways Power Swimr


My little one was ready to jump off the diving board before he learned how to stand. He’d eye the all the big kids hopping in as we waded in the baby side of the pool. Thanks to Swim Ways Power Swimr (really, it’s their spelling, not mine), he was able to join the big kids before he was two! Here’s a recent video of him giving it a go.

The vest consists of two pockets (one as the front and one as the back) that hold several flotation pads in each pocket. As my son got better at swimming, I could take out pads to help him develop his swimming skills. The back of the box details how many pads to place in the back and the front pockets to help children develop that horizontal swimming position. There are three sizes, the largest fitting up to 80 pounds so chafing from the straps (two shoulder and one crotch) should not be an issue if sized correctly.

Full disclosure, the Power Swimr is not a coast guard approved vest. In terms of learning how to swim, I am not a fan of coast guard approved vests as they are super bulky and facilitate that action of swimming. They basically are made to keep a kid afloat. Having said this, I will emphasize that I always keep a close eye on my son when he is in the water not because I do not trust his vest, but because I know that the Power Swimr let’s him develop his fins and that he still is a guppy…an exuberant, water-loving guppy.

You can find the vest on their website, here.