I Do What I Want #7 : Family Traditions

Posted September 3rd, 2015 in I Do What I Want, My Features / 25 comments

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Sometimes I just want to talk about random crap. No theme, no rules, just…whatever. That’s what I Do What I Want posts come in. This is where I…well, do whatever the hell I want. Enjoy…and be very afraid.

So, some of my family is coming down for a week. I am not much of a family vacation person. I like doing things on my own or with a close friend. Mostly because I want to do what I want, not what everyone else wants. I’m selfish that way. 🙂 But there are a few “family traditions” we do every time we get together that I actually like.

We always go to the ‘Red Place’ (El Burrito) in Redlands, Ca. It’s a Mexican food dive in a red building. It has amazing food!!!! Like, I am obsessed! My fav is the rolled chicken tacos and the special burrito. Their guacamole is different but amazing. It’s blended and has sour cream in it. Yum. I am salivating right now thinking about going this weekend.

We also always go to Joe Jost’s in Long Beach. It’s an old bar that serves big ass, ice cold schooner beers. They also have pickled eggs and polish sausage sandwiches. OMG, the eggs are to die for. And you will never get a colder beer in your life.

We also love to play board and card games. Poker and Nibs are our favorites. Nibs is the best game ever! It’s like group solitaire but it can get dangerous. I have been cut by a card because certain people get so mad when you’re better than they are. Bwahahaha.

We also play bocce ball. I think we always play it because it’s the only game my family can beat me at. lol

Well, these are few of my family’s traditions during our family vacations. It’s nice to have go-to places and activities that we know everyone will love.

What are your family traditions when on family vacation?

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25 Responses to “I Do What I Want #7 : Family Traditions”

  1. sherry fundin

    Nothing wrong with being a bit of a loner and not always following the herd. Sounds like you have a grand old time when you do get together. Fun post. 🙂

  2. Braine Talk Supe

    Eat! We look up great places in the area, check out the menu and dig in if it catches our fancy. Then we have a family (eating) party potluck/barbecue. Then we go buy souvenirs. It’s not much, nothing specific, just lots of eating lol

  3. Lekeisha

    Food! Family equals food and good conversation, if the gathering is at home. Lately, we’ve been going on trips. Last year it was Orlando, the year before it was Texas and we even swung over to Arkansas to visit a water/theme park. Family reunions have been held in California and Las Vegas too. We have lots of kids now in the family, so we have to do kid friendly activities. Grownups usually go on weekend trips, like this year. I didn’t attend this past July because of the situation with my sister. I’m not close to my maternal family, except Bro/sis. All of the above is done with my soon to be in- laws. We always have a good time, even if I’m in my own little world reading. I try to at least go along, just to get away.

    • Lekeisha

      And playing Spades is the highlight of family gatherings at home. You would do well with me as a partner in that game because I am ruthless! I can make a book out of any card in my hand. LOL!

    • Jennifer Bielman

      It’s nice to get along with in-laws. Happy you can have much fun with them. You guys sound like a blast. we don’t often go out of the state.

  4. kindlemom1

    Family is so funny aren’t they, you can’t help but love them and yet they drive you insane as well sometimes. 😉
    Sounds like you have some fun traditions though that you are looking forward to doing. I hope you have a great time while they are there!

  5. Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf

    Sounds like a lot of fun traditions! Glad that you can see the positive even though you aren’t much for gorup activities like that. I can relate. When you have time sometimes you just want to be selfish and do what you want. Nothing wrong with that!

    • Jennifer Bielman

      It still feels horribly selfish but I love my alone time too much to feel too bad lol.

  6. Red Iza

    I like doing things my own way too, but sometimes, you drag your feet before you do something and then you’re glad you’ve done it 🙂 Enjoy !

  7. anna (herding cats & burning soup)

    Aaaaand even though I just ate I’m now craving our family spots. lol We don’t travel much these days (we’re all tied to home with work or animals) but when we do travel I tend to be the planner and everyone just goes along with me. Heh

    When I go home we do the same family restaurants that I miss when I’m gone and do rounds visiting all the friends, usually do some big cookouts. Nothing too exciting but comforting 😀

  8. Melliane

    It’s nice to have some traditions like that. When I was younger I went a lot with my parents but my father was always working so we were going with him. We also used to go visit things on the weekend and that’s some great things I remember doing. And otherwise, it’s eating ice cream lol when at the beach.

  9. kimbacaffeinate

    I love family traditions, ours have been small and intimate since we moved away from family when my youngest was 4. It has changed a lot as well since we have lived in 4 states since then.

  10. Christy

    Damn, I haven’t had pickled eggs in a long-ass time. That sounds good. I traveled a lot with my grandparents when I was younger, and everywhere we went, my grandma would find a place for us to go ride horses. I love riding in new places – forest, desert, beach, etc. We always went riding in Pismo, then I started taking my own horses. It was just a cool thing we always did. My family isn’t real close and doesn’t really get together like that anymore. It’s usually me and/or my son in each little faction of the family. lol.

    • Jennifer Bielman

      I like when only a few people from a family get together better than a big group. Horse Riding?? So jealous. I love horses.

  11. Jaclyn Canada

    I love playing games of all kinds. Card games, board games, video games, whatever. I have always wanted to try bocce ball, but never have. It looks fun!

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