Little Traditions

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Before we were married, I remember being so excited to brainstorm new “family traditions” with Darrin. Traditions we could start as a family of two and maybe even pass down to our kids and their families. We both come from families that have a strong history of “big traditions” that they enjoy keeping alive. Around Christmas time, my family heads downtown Minneapolis to take pictures with Santa Claus and share a dinner at The Oak Grille. Darrin’s family celebrates half-birthdays and takes summer vacations to beautiful spots around Minnesota. Family traditions are so important. There’s this “our family does this!” kind of solidarity and pride that is healthy and necessary when you’re building relationships and memories. I’m a “traditions” kind of girl. Just throw me into that chorus in Fiddler On The Roof and I’d find my place in that opening number.

But as much as I’ve tried to plan my “big family traditions” with Darebear, most of our new traditions are quiet, little, and sprout from our routines. One of our favorite “little traditions” has been our Saturday morning routine. Saturdays turned into “big breakfast” mornings for Darebear and I because we have more time to spend together: Darrin makes two massive plates of omelettes and hashbrowns while I cook the bacon, make the coffee, and slice the fruit. We’ll either be listening to the MN Gopher football pre-game on the radio, or Darrin will be dancing to whatever is playing on his iPod while wearing my Anthropologie apron. It’s a routine of ours that’s transformed into a tradition that I look forward to throughout the week. Some of the best traditions are the ones you don’t plan. They’re not forced. Not mechanical. Just simple routines that transform into something you treasure and anticipate with excitement.  That’s what “tradition” is all about, right Charlie Brown?

Now who’s coming over for breakfast on Saturday?! 😉

Do you have any “small traditions” that you share with your family? I’d love to hear ’em! Darrin and I could always use another fun tradition or two! 🙂 Oh and P.S. track pants are my new summer thing. Remember these? Shop a few pairs below!

Have a great Thursday!


  • Reply You Had Me At Vogue June 19, 2014 at 10:22 am

    love your outfit… its comfy but chic. its important to keep traditions and install new ones, its a great idea xx

  • Reply Mon June 19, 2014 at 10:52 am

    love the detail on your top. a great simple yet chic look.

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  • Reply Kelsie Galis June 19, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    I absolutely LOVE family traditions. My husband and I have a similar ‘Saturday mornings’ tradition where we cook a big breakfast with french press coffee and sit down with our planners to talk about things we want to do or plan upcoming events. We look forward to it all week! Not to mention the fact that it’s a sleep-in day 🙂 One of the traditions we want to start doing every year but still haven’t quite gotten around to it is a Staycation. We live in Los Angeles and there is just so many cool things to do each weekend that we can’t possibly do them all. A staycation would be perfect because we have the free hotel (our house) and already have a car to travel to different destinations. Plus we’re hoping to avoid that ‘I need a vacation from my vacation’ feeling 🙂 Love your hair in the post too by the way! You look beautiful 🙂

    • Reply Grace Beekman June 19, 2014 at 7:59 pm

      I LOVE the Staycation idea! Such a great way to give yourself a break from all of your “to-do”s! Darrin and I have to get on that! 😀

  • Reply ALatteLipstick June 19, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    I live for fun traditions! It helps to break up the usual grind 🙂 Also, nothing beats saturday mornings. 🙂

    Chloe – A Latte Lipstick

  • Reply By The Shore, Life & Style June 19, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    I’m all about family traditions, we love coming up with our own… especially centered around all the different holidays. And yeah, I say this all the time, but your hair!! It’s kind of perfect, no?! Looking gorgeous girl! xo

    • Reply Grace Beekman June 19, 2014 at 8:00 pm

      Thanks girly! Yeah I’m a MAJOR fan of holiday traditions. They make that time of year so much more cozy and memorable! 🙂

  • Reply jennifer prod June 19, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    such a happy picture in my head of a darrin dancing in your apron while you flip bacon and try to discuss traditions 🙂

    • Reply Grace Beekman June 20, 2014 at 8:08 am

      Haha! I sure hope that’s not an image that sticks with ya…mostly due to Darrin’s “super cool” dance moves… 😉

  • Reply Angie Wilson June 26, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    great look, love the bead detailing on the top!

    xx Angie | The Fashion Fuse

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