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!

4th of July Traditions

When I was growing up, the 4th of July meant one thing… fireworks.  My mom always had a pool party with family over and as soon as it got remotely close to dusk, my cousins and I would light the sparklers and take off running around the pool.  In 18 years of that tradition no one ever got hurt.  I do remember one year going to the city’s large 4th of July celebration and one of the professional grade fireworks malfunctioned, shot into the audience and several people got severely hurt.  Which makes me wonder if the small personal fireworks are really THAT dangerous?

So fast forward a little more than a decade.  Our city has banned fireworks.  We have now instilled our own 4th of July tradition.  We still have my moms family 4th of July party, complete with a chili cook off and all the kids (and adults too) play the day away in the pool.  Sometimes the other families head home for their city’s fireworks show, but our city’s fireworks show is walking distance from our home.  We pack up the folding chairs, blankets and walk down to the main event.

I know we can see the fireworks from out backyard, but there is something different about seeing the fireworks show paired with the music.  It really does bring this sense of pride in the nation we call home.  Now that I’m in my mid-thirties and seem to cry at just about anything, I always seem to well up inside every time I listen to the national anthem and those beautifully dangerous fireworks are exploding.    I don’t know  if it really is that beautiful, or if its the stage of life I’m in right now, but that fireworks show gets me every time.

After the show we pack up, make the 15 minute walk back to the house and unveil the fireworks we purchased from the city next to ours.  Sure we MIGHT be breaking a few rules by setting off some fireworks in out front yard… but come on, its the 4th of July, right?

So what do you do for the 4th of July?  Do you have any family traditions or something you do every year?  Comment and let us know.

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