Family Traditions | Southern California Fun

I've been posting all summer as we check things off our Summer Bucket List and even though it's been an interesting summer with year round school, we've still managed to keep this tradition.  The kids talk about it throughout the year and we make a big deal about everyone contributing to the list!  I think family traditions are so important.  It is something very comforting and at the same time exciting for kids to look forward to each year!  We have a few family traditions in our house, from big to small, but one of our traditions has been to take a trip to Southern California every August.  It started right when we moved to Las Vegas and were just looking for a getaway at the end of summer.  Vegas summers are hot and the SoCal beaches are such a dream to retreat to!  We then added these trips to our yearly Summer Bucket List and they've become a back-to-school tradition.  I'm so happy we've been able to create this for them.  Usually, we'll go away for 3 - 5 days.  So far, we've taken back-to-school trips to Santa Monica, Disneyland, Legoland in San Diego, Newport Beach, and the Pasadena Children's Museum! So much fun :)

Like I said, this summer has been quite busy and we've tried to cram a lot in between track breaks, so we weren't sure how we'd get to go but we managed to make it happen, albeit it was just for the weekend.  We still had a blast and it was one of the most relaxing trips we've had.  There was no real agenda (I know, this is shocking for me!) We just went to Laguna Beach and let the kids play!  They also got to enjoy the pool at the hotel on Sunday morning before we headed north a bit to Redondo Beach pier for a yummy lunch by the water and a few more hours at the beach before heading home.  It was a quick, but much needed trip and we kept our back-to-school tradition!  Traditions are where memories are made and we hope we can continue to take these summer trips for many more years and we especially hope our kiddos will always remember these yearly trips!  

Do you and your family have any special family traditions? Any back-to-school traditions?