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Preserving Family Traditions!

27 Oct

Preserving Family Traditions!

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My family and I have just recently gone on a little mini vacation that was so much fun. We took our travel trailer/camper and headed up to a little place in Georgia that we have absolutely fell in love with. This year alone we have stayed there three times. Why, you may ask? My answer is simple: I only have a limited number of years with my children to create long lasting values and wonderful family bonds. We spend time together, doing what we love to do. I am so thankful for so many wonderful childhood memories, that I want to create in them the same kind of wonderful times. I feel that I am passing onto them, what my parents gave to me. So with that said, the following memories that I am sharing is what I am trying to imprint in my own children…………

When you come from the country it is always great to get back to the country. When I was a child we always lived on a farm. Growing up in the country and farm living was hard work, but it is work that builds something on the inside of you. We worked hard but we also played hard as well. As a child we were rarely inside the house until it got dark. There was always something to do outside. Whether it was playing hide and go seek, tag, or something that was popular is our neighborhood was playing softball. Our neighbors and cousins would all come over for games of softball in our huge front yard. If we weren’t playing softball, we were fishing, either in our own pond, or in nearby creeks. When we did come inside, after we eat our supper and cleaned up, we played card games until bedtime. We watched some television but it was very limited as again we lived in the country. We never had cable, so we usually only received one channel, which I remember was terrific on Sunday nights as a Walt Disney movie would come on. Our whole family would gather in the living room and watch.

My Dad and Mom loved to fish. We had wonderful times in the creeks fishing and swimming, but also on the creek banks as we could always have cook-outs. It is amazing how wonderful food taste when you cook it outside. The real treat came when my Aunt Jessie and Uncle Donald came to visit us from Ohio in Kentucky as it meant that we would camp out. They too loved to fish, and so they planned summer vacations to come and spend with us. It was a wonderful vacation as the adults fished all day, we cooked out and set around the campfire talking and visiting. For the children, it meant tons of swimming, hanging with cousins, and eating good food. It is sad that these times we now live in, visiting with relatives seems to be a thing that only occurs at a family reunion or God forbid funerals, but when I was a child, our cousins were our best friends and we visited and hang together all of the time. It was a wonderful childhood. These were precious family times that I remember, and so my husband and I try to do the same or at least create the same kind of memories for our children. Unfortunately we do not live close to our children’s cousins for them to hang out with often, but they have cousins that come from Ohio at least once a year to do exactly what we did when I was a child. They bring a camper, we take ours and we head to our wonderful little place in North Georgia that I mentioned that my family and I just returned from. The guys go fishing and the girls go do what we really like to do, but then we meet back at the campers. We cook wonderful food and play card games until bedtime. Our children love these times and look forward to them every year.

The point is that childhood memories good or bad help develop who we are. My parents have both gone to Heaven now, but what they deposited on the inside of their children and grandchildren remains as a precious treasure. My husband and I are simply carrying on a wonderful family tradition that in my opinion would solve so many of our society’s issues. Get our kids off of computers games, out from in front of the t.v. and spend time creating wonderful childhood memories with them! They will forever be grateful, as these are lifetime gifts you are giving to them.

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Keeping Traditions and Memories Alive!

20 Apr

Keeping Traditions and Memories Alive!
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I had worked all week doing laundry and bedding to pack into our camper. We loaded our little camper with all the necessities that we thought we would need for an entire week and off we went to one of our favorite camping places in North Georgia, where we met up with my nephew, his wife (my niece) , and two small children.
My husband and our boys are lovers of fishing, so I knew what the week would hold for them and my nephew. The guys fished practically every night, and on two separate occasions went on excursions to fish for trout and finally hit gold the last day. Rainbow trout was what was for supper the last night along with smoked sausage and sauerkraut for those of us who are not necessarily fish lovers! As the guys finally found their little pot of gold, so did my niece and I.
My niece and I on the other hand always go scouting for  different kind of gold nuggets. We love to visit unique little towns full of antiques and thrift stores. This year we found a wonderful little southern town that played out like a fairy tale. The people were very genuine and exceptionally friendly. They asked us if we had visited their natural springs, and suggested that we take water containers to the springs and get all the pure spring water we would like. No charge of course as it was a free resource that the little town was thrilled to have and was built upon! We ate at a little hole in the wall restaurant which immediately became a favorite. This little town so left an impression on us that we returned with our families with water containers in hand, and of course revisited the little shops and yes you guessed it, even the little hole in the wall restaurant that had real southern foods, for example: a bowl of pinto beans, cornbread and collards, plus a drink for a whopping $4.99. This was a town that I will frequent as my family only lives about an hour and a half away from it. Amazing how little nuggets of gold are right under your nose, but if you do not look for them, you probably will not find them.
After dinner, each night we would all gather around to play card games such as Canasta, Skipbo, Uno, and a fast favorite Monopoly Deal. As we took turns gathering in each of our campers, it gave us a great sense of satisfaction as we know that we are creating wonderful memories that will last a lifetime. We hope that we are instilling a love for simplicity and tradition into our children and possibly into their children’s children as this is what our parents instilled in us. The most wonderful memories were of my parents taking us on trips such as these and simply spending time with us. Oh how I wish they were here to see how their grandchildren and great grandchildren love the family traditions that they began with us way back when we were just children.
So what is my point of telling you all about my vacation or why that I thought you would possibly be interested? Simply to encourage you to create memories with your children, grandchildren, and possibly even great-grandchildren that will shape their future family vacations. Create times that will spark beautiful and happy memories in them as they too sit around a camp fire, or gather around a picnic table, or possibly like my family get in a late night of card playing and tell wonderful stories that keep my parents with us and their memories alive!

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