Family traditions. There is something so special and magical about traditions. The smells, the sounds, the tastes – they hold powerful memories that can always carry back in time to when you knew them the most; where they belong. Traditions help create strong memories and bonds for all who are involved. One tradition my parents have created for our family every year is to go on a weekend getaway to the JW Marriot Hill Country every year. I love it. I love that I know at least one weekend of the Summer is devoted to bringing my family together. I love watching cousins play, I love watching my parents spend time with all of their grand-kids in one spot, I love making memories with my kids, I love everything about it. This year was no exception. One of my highlights of every trip is Saturday after dinner gathering on the lawn and trying to get family pictures of everybody. It is fun and hilarious and always makes us laugh. Thank you mom and dad for making this tradition happen.