Our Favorite Family Traditions
If you haven’t noticed, family means everything to me… being a mama is the best! And there are sooo many things that go along with being a mom. One of those things is thinking about traditions to start and carry on as you grow your family. Our babies are still little so we are still working on this, but we've got big plans and things we definitely have started putting into practice!
Here is the start to our family traditions list:
1. Take the kids to see snow every winter.
We don't get snow in LA. Ever since we had Ryan, we decided we would take the kids somewhere to see snow every winter, just so they can experience the season for real. We were unlucky the last two years and there were no cabins available in Mammoth when we went to book… and looking at different places was more work than we could take on at the time. This year we plan on getting ahead with our winter vacay planning and hope to take Ryan and Leo on their first snowy adventure over the holidays!
2. Plan annual family summer vacations.
Art and I were good about vacationing somewhere cool every summer before kids and we've kept good on this one since becoming parents. As a family we've gone to Oahu and Maui, Hawaii... we are thinking Maui will be our family’s summer vacay spot year after year because we love it so much and know the island so well, but we may switch it up too. Wherever we go, the plan is to be together and enjoy time as a family every summer!
3. Practice our Christian faith.
We're Christian Orthodox and teaching the boys about our Christian faith and prayer is important to me. I won't speak for my husband, but I call myself religious. I don't go to church every Sunday but I do pray every night and I have my own relationship with God. I want to teach the boys about our faith and watch them grow up with the morals and values that were instilled in me as a child. There’s a discipline that comes from honoring a higher faith and living a "do good" life… that is, be helpful, honest, caring, and make good choices… I want that for my boys. Also with religion comes our traditions around Easter and Christmas which I love for the kids and us as a family. Check out some of our favorite Christmas traditions.
4. Celebrate and honor Armenian traditions.
There are so many fun and meaningful traditions we practice as a part of the Armenian culture. There's Armenian Christmas which is celebrated with a simple family dinner on January 6... it's always been fun to celebrate two Christmases (December 25th and January 6th) since I was little! Vardavar is another fun holiday where you gather with family and friends for a day of water play. It's a day you are allowed to soak your siblings and friends and get away with it haha. Then, of course, April 24th, which is Genocide Remembrance Day, where we honor and remember the 1.5 million Armenians who lost their lives in 1915. I want the boys to know and respect their roots, happy and sad, it's all a part of who they are.
5. Mommy & Daddy date nights.
This is one mommy and daddy are working very hard on! I'll admit, Art and I haven't been the best about date nights... I have an excuse though! Kind of... I feel like I was either pregnant or breastfeeding the last three years of my life. On top of that, we made a big move to our new home last year which required a lot of my time and created the kind of stress that causes you to want to pull your hair out. BUT, the good news is, I'm not pregnant and both boys are fully weaned. So, NO MORE EXCUSES! Date night for mom and dad at least once or twice a month is something I want us to get used to in our marriage and our children to get used to as a part of their lives. We recently started going out more, and at first, it was a hard adjustment for the boys since we literally never left them, but they're starting to get better with the separation and enjoying their time with their grandparents when we’re not there. Plus, a little separation is healthy for all!
6. Have a Bedtime Routine.
I love that we do bath + story time and a late night healthy snack together as a family! It's one of my favorite times of the day... and not just because mama will have her freedom after the kiddos go to sleep haha! It’s just so sweet to relax and be together at the end of the day. The boys are on their best behavior right before bed, too! Anyone else’s kids?
Traditions make the best memories!
I always knew I wanted to be a mom, but it’s not until you actually have your kids that you start to think about and really realize how important family traditions are. I’m excited to celebrate the old and create the new… and of course, document it all with photographs + my blog!
Share with us in the comments some of your favorite family traditions.