Making Memories

Uncle Loren has come to visit. And one thing we can count on when he comes are fun times. He’s the best about taking time to see his nieces and nephews, and not just seeing them, but making memories with them. I try very hard to capture these memories with photos because they are too precious to forget.

Here are some of the things that Loren does to make sure that his simple visits will last for a lifetime.

1. Capture them in pictures.
(Sometimes you have to let your ego go. Loren won’t think this is a very flattering picture of himself. He’s a very good looking guy. But it does show the lengths he’ll go to to capture a moment.):

Come on Nelson, say "Cheese!"

2. Be on the lookout for opportunities:

"You know what that will mean if you throw that snowball? WAR!"

3. Be fully present. Play full out. Tap into the “kid” inside:

"Four, three, two, one ... BLAST OFF!!

4. Take advantage of the little things. Trips to Disney World are not necessary:

"Perfect. Now, you have to make sure to pack the snow real hard ..."

QUESTION: What are some of your fondest memories with your aunts, uncles, grandparents or even special family friends?

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12 Responses to “Making Memories”

  1. I grew up outside of NYC (Jenni), and I loved it when the whole extended family met in the Village for a day at an outdoor art show. We’d browse, get some good food, try on funny hats, and soak in the Manhattan ambiance!

    You make a great point about the importance of taking pictures. So often my husband says, “Remember the time when our kids…” The funny thing is, he’s remembering a picture, and sometimes he was at work when we took the picture! LOL. Pictures are an important part of a family legacy.

    Thanks for the post!

  2. My favorite memories from childhood are ones I attempt to continue daily, and the common thread is food!

    I grew up eating each meal around the table, and only when everyone had arrived. Life seems busier all the time, and gathering around the table with family & friends is a treasured thing to me…having a time set aside to be face to face and have each others attention. I love it.

    Love your pics of the girls with their Uncle Loren. He sounds like the kind of uncle we’d all love to have!

  3. I wonder if older people realize what impact they can make in kids’ lives. Rather than to look down on kids and say, “Kids these days, I just don’t get them,” what power there is in loving and affirming them … and giggling with them. Great story.

  4. Growing up, an elderly man in my church would talk to all the kids before the service, just a little group in the hallway that flocked to him. In a small community, everyone knew “Pop” and he told knock knock jokes in this little group. Tons of them. Just before the service started, he would give us each a piece of candy and gently remind us that our giggles should all be out, so we could quietly listen to the sermon now. And we did.

  5. I can totally see that happening in my mind’s eye. She must have been quite a women.

  6. My Grandmother always played Rummy with me. In fact, she taught me how to play cards. She even taught me how to shuffle cards, which is a vital life skill. 🙂

    I remember once while on vacation I was playing Rummy with my Grandmother and older cousin. I was not very happy about how badly I was losing. My Grandmother had compassion on me so she dealt me a good card. My cousin saw it, though. She wasn’t very happy about it.

    I’ll never forget the look on my Grandmother’s face when she got caught. I think it was the only time in her whole life she didn’t play by the rules and it was because she was helping me. At that point I knew that the card games were more than just her way of passing time.

  7. I love your Thanksgiving Wednesday tradition. It’s great, and so simple. Love it!.

    Repetition seems to be another important component to making memories, huh?

    Thanks for your three additions to the list! Perfect.

  8. For me, as a grandmother, I have to really nudge myself to stop what I am doing and “be” with my grandkids. They like coming over and just hanging out, but I can truly tell that when I stop and read to them, they soak it up like little sponges. If I play a simple game of “Go Fish” you’d think I had taken them to Disneyland.

  9. The gift of listening. That is truly a gift isn’t it? A very precious gift indeed and one that EVERYONE can give. Beautiful.

  10. Great post! These tips are all dead on. I especially agree with “being present”. For me, I can’t say that I have any specific examples from my childhood to share, but I do try to create lasting memories with my children, nieces, and nephews. In my experience, traditions are an important way to create a strong bond with your family.

    For example, one of our many family traditions involves stopping at the local convenience store on the way home from Church the Wednesday night before Thanksgiving. We each stock up on our favorite snacks and head home to watch one of our favorite movies.

    Another favorite tradition involves picking out our Christmas tree. Each year we eat dinner at one of our favorite restaurants (the only time all year we eat there) and afterwards pick out the tree. We then take the tree home and decorate it while listening to our favorite Christmas music.

    The thing to remember about creating traditions is:
    1) it doesn’t have to cost a lot of money
    2) the emphasis should be on quality time, and
    3) flexibility is key (i.e. your favorite restaurant closing has no affect on the tradition).

    Thanks again for sharing!

  11. What a great list!

    My grandmother always made time to play games and read stories to us. I fondly remember sitting on her lap on her chaise lounge and listening to her read The Chronicles of Narnia to my brother and I. Sweet memories.

  12. Had a very special family friend that took me on bike rides, trips for ice cream, and lunch on a frequent basis. But the best times were when we sat for *hours* in his driveway talking and waving at the cars that drove by. He had the gift of listening.

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