New Year’s Traditions: Watch the Rose Parade

Photo Source: Bethany Baird Being the Southern California Girl that I am, watching the Rose Parade was always a “must-do” on New Year’s Day when I was a kid. My friends went to the parade in person, often camping out overnight to get a good seat. But, we watched the action on the TV. My […]

New Year’s Traditions: Bake a New Year’s Cake

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As you know, we’re big on birthday cakes around here. So it only follows that we would make the New Year a “birthday” cake as well. We’ve been doing this for quite some time. I can’t even remember when it started. And we usually get a photo of all the kids around the cake that […]

New Years Traditions: Make Some with Your Children!

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My New Year’s Eves have never been the ballgown and dancing shoe variety. Even before children came on the scene, FishPapa and I were more the “be cozy at home” kind of celebrants. Yummy food & a fun game to play are more our style. This makes it easy to include our kids in our […]

Birthdays at Christmas Time

Every December 23rd without fail, my mom calls her younger brother, my Uncle Ed. She could wait until the 25th when she calls the rest of the family. But, she calls him then, too. You see, today, the 23rd, is his birthday. (Happy Birthday, Uncle Ed!) While I don’t have a sibling or child with […]

Christmas Morning: Breakfast in a Stocking

one of our more sedate moments (I’m on the left) Growing up, Christmas morning was a mad affair for our family. Excited children plus presents plus the ubiquitous box of See’s Candy produced a somewhat chaotic atmosphere. Sure, Dad eventually cooked up a pan of Lil’ Smokies and there was usually an orange in the […]

Family Photos: History in the Making

Ever had to sit patiently while someone else showed you all their family photos? Not had that pleasure? Well, today’s your lucky day! Inspired by The Happy Housewife’s latest round-up of family photos, I thought I’d share with you a little of our history. It seems that over the years the FishParents have disappeared from […]

Bah HumBudget?!

Photo source: kevindooley Presents? Big dinners? Holiday events? Bah Humbug! In an economy such as ours, it can be tempting to be as miserly as Ebenezer Scrooge. Money’s tight, and the last thing we need is to spend a lot of money on stuff we don’t need or on things that will be broken by […]

Fun Party Idea: Soup’s On!

As the classic tale recounts, “the children were nestled all snug in their beds, while visions of sugarplums danced in their heads.” The holiday season surely evokes feelings of anticipation. Parties, concerts, and family get-togethers are in abundance. Gift-giving – and getting – abounds. Visions of sugar plums (and the latest cool gadget) dance in […]