- Birthdays. At my house growing up, my parent made sure that your birthday was always something extra special. My mom started a trend of birth"week", which is still celebrated, much to my husband's dismay, to this day. Because my birthday, along with most of my siblings, have birthdays either one, or around, holidays birth weeks were a way to make sure that it actually got celebrated. This didn't mean that we got thousands of huge presents, it just meant that we got a whole week to really celebrate, well, US with friends and family. As a child, we always got to go out to eat at our favorite restaraunt. Since we lived in the country, going out to dinner was something really, really special. Sometimes that meant Olive Garden, and sometimes it meant ordering pizza from Dominos. My dad and mom would also fix on of our favorite meals during that week too. This is one of my favorite things about growing up. It was special and always made your feel special.
- Summer. This particular time of year was always memorable. I don't think I have ever spent so much time out side. We were always encouraged to play outside, and we have unlimited resources that would beckon us from our beds! Basketball goal, trampoline, badmitton set, volley ball net, and the most amazing tree fort you would have ever seen. Not to mention bikes, and skates, and just a pair of beat down shoes. On top of having a child's dream of outdoor activities at our fingertips, my brother and I were heavily involved in summer sports. I think there is something to be said for kids that have to find their own magic during the summer. If you are busy playing outside you learn a lot. If you fall down, and nothing is broken, get up and keep playing. There is nothing better the clean air and lots of sunshine. Dirt under your fingernails just means that you were probably planting something, that within a few months, would produce something yummy. Also kids that play sports are less likely to fall into a bad crowd, and these days, there are a lot of bad crowds.
- Halloween. In my house, Halloween was not a joke. We always had the BEST costumes. My mom has always been really great at theatrical makeup, and my grandmother can literally make a paper bag look like a couture dress! Between the two of them, our costumes were amazing! My mom always made this holiday fun, silly, and about what it should be about: dressing up and using your imagination!