Hubby had three children when we married in 1996 and I had none. Talk about a bumpy ride trying to establish a family when the children were not only taken from their safety net after the divorce. But, their new but EVIL, WICKED STEP-Mother had a strange outlook about many things. LOL
Mainly discipline (I was military and came from a strict upbringing.)
However, I did start a few new traditions for the kids. (Sid 13, Junio 16, Saenz 6 mos, Lisa 10) One was since I was always watching my weight in the military -- mind you I am not a waif, more like an amazon with big ole butt and top to match. I would have the birthday child after everyone had taken a slice, close their eyes, and then plunge their entire face into the sweet remains to devour the left over. This made for the best photo opportunity ever and memories.
The next was 'Junk Food Night on a carpet picnic' since, I was not big on buying or keeping junk foods in the house. We would take the kids to the store and let them pick out 3 to 5 things each and then unload them onto a picnic blanket back home --- they could eat or drink what they wished but; once the night was over the left overs, LEFT. I think one of these times SID, my billy goat tried sushi with me. LOVE, LOVE, LOVED taking Sid out to eat; he would try anything.
The one tradition I loved the most was taking a picture of all the children together on the First Day of School. I can hardly believe this will be the 15th school day photo on Monday. Much has changed, Junio has had 3 children, Sid is still single bopping around in community college, Lisa has moved back home, Saenz has been pulled out of public school, and now we have beautiful Zephyr. It makes me cry to think of all we have built together.