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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 |

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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He’s got Christmas spirit.

Posted by on Dec 5, 2012 in christmas traditions, christmas with a toddler, holidays with a kid, toddlers and holidays |

I’ve always been a holiday person. Any holiday. Christmas, Easter, Fourth of July, whatever. I love the build-up, the excitement, the specialness of celebrating a holiday. I figured that having a child would make holidays even more memorable. When I was pregnant, I dreamed of kids squealing with delight on Christmas morning when they discovered piles...

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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 |

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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Happy Halloween!

Posted by on Oct 30, 2012 in holidays with a kid, toddler halloween, toddler halloween costumes, toddlers and holidays |

It is no secret that I had a kid solely so I could dress him up on Halloween.  (Truth be told, I don’t even like kids all that much. But I LOVE Halloween.) 2010: Black cat; 2011: Skeleton; 2012: Mickey Mouse (In case that wasn’t obvious.) I have not been disappointed. It gets more fun every year. This year, Ryan discovered: 1. Pumpkins (and...

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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 |

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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