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Traditions old and new. (Plus, to “Elf” or not to “Elf.”)

Posted by on Dec 14, 2012 in christmas traditions, christmas with a toddler, elf on the shelf, elf on the shelf with a toddler, family holiday traditions, holiday traditions with toddlers, holidays with a kid | 0 comments

Practically every blog I read has had some sort of “holiday traditions” post in the past week. I want to roll my eyes at them the same way I’ll roll my eyes at all the “I don’t usually do New Year’s resolutions, but here are all my resolutions this year” posts we’ll see the first week in January. But the...

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Visiting Santa.

Posted by on Dec 2, 2012 in holiday, holiday traditions with toddlers, kids and holiday traditions, toddler and santa, toddler visiting santa | 0 comments

Every year, we take Ryan to see Santa, who takes us on a carriage ride. A carriage ride around the parking lot of a strip mall in Phoenix. (Whatever, it’s free.)  It’s the same Santa every year – we think he’s the real one cuz he looks and sounds all kinds of legit, despite the whole strip mall thing. 2010 (Also known as The Only...

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Thanksgiving in Arizona.

Posted by on Nov 21, 2012 in holiday, holiday traditions with toddlers, holidays with a kid, toddler holiday, toddlers and holidays | 0 comments

My early years in Arizona were full of work and Thanksgiving potlucks with friends. We were all in the same boat: far from family, working hard, cobbling together a feast with a turkey breast in the crock pot and someone brings the potatoes and someone else brings the green bean casserole. A year after Mike and I were married, his parents came to visit for...

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Easter traditions and/or non-traditions.

Posted by on Apr 5, 2012 in building easter traditions, easter bunny, holiday traditions with toddlers, holidays with a kid, toddlers and easter, toddlers and holidays | 0 comments

Easter is a few days away and whenever a big holiday approaches, I can’t help but think how we are molding the memories that Ryan will look back on decades from now. I hope he remembers two things. First, the stability of our traditions — Easter brunch that always, always featured a green chili egg casserole.* Easter egg hunts. Dessert platters...

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