Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Brother & Sister Day

At the Simmons house, every August 22nd, our children celebrate "Brother & Sister Day."

It was 3 years ago when Georgie & Gillian told us one August morning,

"We want to start a new holiday. It's called brother and sister day! Every year on August 22nd we will make it a special day where we just play together and do cool stuff, but just us. No other friends or anything! Isn't that cool?"

My wife and I were a little curious as to where they came up with this and why August 22nd? Georgie said, "Well, we have mother's day and father's day but no Brother and Sister day. And since our birthdays are both on the 22nd of our months, August is kind of in the middle so we thought that would be good."

Keep in mind that George was 9 and Gillian was only 5 when they came up with this. They were so excited!

The first annual Bro and Sis day consisted of playing in the sprinklers, watching movies, playing board games, and switching bedrooms for the night.

3 years later and the tradition that they started continues.

Gillian told me that after they have breakfast, they are gonna watch a movie, then play Checkers, maybe a board game, ride bikes, play on the slip and slide, then pitch up a tent in the backyard and camp out for the night.

George had told us earlier in the month when planning began for this special day that He and Gillian have talked about keeping this tradition going even into their adult years. He said that when they have their own families they will take a day, just the two of them, and hang out together and just enjoy each others company.



Have a great day guys!

Happy Brother & Sister day.

16 comments:

Val said...

Amazing! Hats off to your kids. I just love the idea.

Vivian said...

Awwww, what a great deal. I really hope that they do carry it on into adulthood. That is awesome. I love the picture, you have beautiful kids. Thanks for sharing this.
Viv

Scott K. Johnson said...

That's awesome man!

Lori Rode said...

What cool kids! I'm gonna go call my brother right now.

Kelsey said...

Wow, that is so cool! I'm going to share this with my brother and sister! Very sweet :)

Penny said...

AWWW, that brought tears to my eyes. How sweet!!

And, George, your kids are just adorable.

Kerri. said...

What a cool tradition. I love the idea. And I love that they were just little things when they came up with it.

Adorable kids, Mr. B.A.D. You should be very proud.

George said...

We are such lucky parents to have the pleasure to raise these great kids! I just hope that whatever we are doing keeps up! I am scared daily that I will say or do something that will screw them up!

Thanks for all the kind words. I just had to share this with you all. They make us proud on a daily basis.

I have already called my sisters!

Minnesota Nice said...

Beautiful children. They are very creative, just like their Papa.

the beautiful diabetic said...

this story really touched my heart. What awesome kids!! Glad I found your blog!!

gramma debbie said...

These two without a doubt the most beautiful children on the planet- inside and out. You two are very blessed.

Anonymous said...

You two are wonderful parents! You should feel very blessed. Those kids are gorgeous! Love you all...

Anonymous said...

How embarrassing...I AM THE ANONYMOUS! Aunt Sandy!

julia said...

How cute are they! What a great idea - most siblings I know would just as soon poke each other in the eyes than spend an entire day together. That's really fantastic.

Dorothy Smith said...

Brothers And Sisters Day!
The caring, the sharing, the love and the fights too that make the relationship real fun. Your kids are just awesome. Really a touching idea...

karend1 said...

Goosebump city, can I be the big sister??

Amazing and beautiful children, plus an amazing dad!!!