Category Archives: Holidays

Making Memories on Memorial Day

families at the beach
Beach Day

Memorial Day has come and gone, all the grilled meat is eaten or put in the fridge as leftovers, and everyone is back to work. The holiday weekend is unofficially the beginning of summer for many, and the kiddos are ready to be out of school for summer break.

The fun thing for me about the Memorial Day holiday weekend was getting to see my daughter and her family – and, of course, loving every minute of enjoying my two little granddaughters. Leaving them the afternoon of the holiday was the hardest thing.

What do you do to help with the difficulty of saying goodbye when you have to leave your family and your grandchildren? My sister-in-law gave me the sweetest idea. When her daughter lived in Holland, she would go out and purchase special gifts for each grandchild. They couldn’t open them ’til after she left. I loved this and decided to try it, too. It worked so well that I told my daughter, “They’ll be excited for me to leave every time I come now because they know I’m going to give them a gift.”

Last time I came for a visit I got two gifts, one for Little Bit and one for Big Sis. Big Sis loves pink, but I put her things in a red gift bag and Little Bit’s in a pink gift bag. My daughter told me later that Big Sis was upset because she wanted the pink bag. They said go ahead and open it (because they knew she wouldn’t want the baby’s things in the pink bag). She opened it and saw all the baby things. She quickly decided that she wanted the red gift bag after all. The Memorial Day visit worked out differently than the last visit. I

The Memorial Day visit worked out differently than the last visit. Friends with two little girls the same ages as my granddaughters came over for the day. The girls had their swimsuits on, ready to play in the water. After lunch, everyone went to the beach – except Grummy and Grumpy. We had to go. Grummy was the one who had the tears this time. No gift could change the heaviness in my heart with having to leave the grands. But I didn’t need to leave them a gift this time. They had a wonderful gift of going to the beach and playing with their little friends in the water.

Family and friends make life wonderful and fun. We have so much to be grateful for on this Memorial Day week. Because of all who lost their lives in war so we can have our freedom, we are free to enjoy Memorial Day as a holiday, grill, eat sweet watermelon, and laugh and have fun with our loved ones.

Live life with thankfulness. Laugh a lot. Love your children and grandchildren. Pray together. Play together. Have fun. Enjoy living.


Making Memories with Puzzles During Christmas Season

Holiday traditions vary from one family to another. When couples get married, they learn quickly that each brings a hodgepodge of cultural holiday practices to the marriage. They don’t always blend. It just depends on what both individuals’ preferences are. For instance, I love to play Scrabble. My husband does not. One tradition that my husband’s family and my family both have liked as a holiday tradition, however, is work on a puzzle. My family always does the puzzle at the kitchen table.

Christmas Holiday Puzzle Fun
Puzzles for the holidays

Christmas season memory making often happens when little hands touch what they weren’t supposed to touch, little feet go where they were told not to go, and little mouths said what they were instructed not to say. We laugh later, but sometimes it isn’t so funny at the time of the occurrence.

For instance, my daughter and son-in-law bought a puzzle to work on during this Christmas season. It took hours, even days, to complete. Little Ivy couldn’t resist daring to touch it. She was told over and over to leave it alone. One time she touched a corner piece and looked up at me then quickly turned and walked away from the table.

After awhile, I ┬ápassed by the table and said, “Uh-oh.” I took a picture quickly. The moment for memories was not about to slip by me. This was one of those memory-making occasions to laugh about later. Puzzle pieces were scattered all over the table. Little hands had been quite busy when no one noticed.

Christmas season puzzle messed up

I asked my daughter if she wanted to see the picture I took of what her toddler had done. She said no and that she was afraid to look.
Finally, she braved a glance at the puzzle on the table and sat down to begin putting the pieces back together. Later, I helped and actually finished completing it the second time.

It’s always a good thing to buy at least two puzzles for family gatherings – one for the adults and one for the little ones.

When your family works on puzzles, do you frame them or put them back in the box to do another time?

Have a happy holiday – and go buy a puzzle for Christmas fun.


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