Sunday, July 13, 2014

Celebrating Summer - Our Family Traditions

When I was a kid, I always secretly wished my mom was a teacher.  I thought it would be SO cool to have access to all the school supplies my heart desired.  I imaged how fun it would be to stay at school when it was closed to other kids.  I never thought about how annoying it might be to have to stay at school long after other kids were already home.  I didn't realize the work teachers' kids did wiping desks, filing papers, and shelving books.  Being a teacher's kid can be rough!  Every year when school is finished, I take my girls for pedicures to reward us for our hard work.  This tradition began with my oldest daughter when she graduated kindergarten.  We have set this as the age requirement to participate, so my little Lilly is not included yet.   I love spending time with my girls and this is kind of a thanks for sticking it out with me.
Morrison family pedicures 2014!

My oldest daughter is now in high school.  She will be a sophomore this year.  I got to thinking that we don't have many pedicures left and that made me so sad.  Will she drive home from college for a pedicure?  Maybe not!  I have invented a new family tradition to try and bribe her to participate a little longer.  For our new tradition, we will have a girls trip to Vegas.  The rules are, you must be in high school to participate and we can't stay at the same casino twice.  I am hoping that this will create some fun memories and my girls will want to come home for this even after they have left me.  My oldest has very extravagant taste and has requested that we stay at the Venetian.  After spending all last week working at the Venetian for the SDE conference, I am not overly excited to go back.  I am hoping that this will be a really fun and relaxing time.  Our trip is scheduled  for Tuesday-Thursday next week.  I am also feeling guilty about ditching the rest of my family after I just left for a week for the conference.  Summer is zooming by, and I don't have much time to do it.  My daughter starts high school July 21st!

No matter how busy life gets, it is important to let the kids know that they are a priority and take time for them.  My girls really love the pedicure tradition, and I hope that this Vegas vacation becomes another fun ritual for my girls.  Do you have any fun family traditions?  Share them with us in the comments!

Until next time,

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