Makin' Memories - 05/30/14

    Just back from a road trip meeting my parents halfway to deliver my daughter for a week of  Nana & Papa's Camp.   For 6 years now, my amazing parents have been taking each grandchild for a week.  They've always hosted each child separately so they can focus (spoil) that child individually.  We meet at a Cracker Barrel, eat and part ways for a week.
     I feel so fortunate that my parents are well enough to do this.  Simultaneously, I feel so blessed that my children are getting to experience all that Nana & Papa are about:  spoiling, exploring, field tripping, shopping, story telling, crafting, dispensing wisdom.
     My mom documents every activity they do with a picture.  Then, at the end of the week... she gives them a memory book with each moment captioned.  My parents also let the kids stay up as late as they want, watch as many movies as they want (we limit screen time @ our house,) go anywhere they want, do anything they want & skip their vegetables if they want.  As you can imagine---- by midweek the little inmate is running the asylum. 
     On the trip today, I talked to my kids about how important this time is.  How special these memories are.  How no one can ever take them away--- And how one day these memories will mean even more than they do today. 
   While it was hard to let my baby girl go today....  I'm so thankful to my parents for this priceless investment in our children.  I want to be just like them when I grow up. 

 

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Last Update on October 24, 2014 09:09 GMT

COIN TOSS-MAYOR

LIMA, Peru (AP) -- Usually, one flips a coin to determine things like who gets the ball first in a football game or who gets first dibs at the last slice of pie or something. But to settle an election? That's what happened in a small town high in the Peruvian Andes. Two candidates tied at the ballot box -- with each getting 236 votes in the municipal election. Peru's electoral law allows tie races to be decided by a coin toss. So the coin was tossed. And the winner -- Wilber Medina. His rival says he's cool with the results. It isn't known whether heads or tails carried the day -- and the election.

PUMPKINS-PIGS

SOMERSWORTH, N.H. (AP) -- It started as a potential case of pilfered pumpkins. But it turned out to be a windfall for a group of pigs. Foster's Daily Democrat in Somersworth, New Hampshire reports hundreds of pumpkins were reported stolen earlier week. The gourds had been set aside behind a school to be sold this weekend at a craft fair. The investigation didn't get far. Turns out a farmer spotted the pumpkins and asked a school worker if he could take them to feed his pigs. The school employee didn't know the pumpkins were being saved -- and the farmer took them. Police say the only ones that turned out happy in the whole episode -- are the hogs.

FIREWORKS-FUNERAL

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- When the fireworks burst in the air tomorrow night over Springfield, Missouri -- it won't be the Fourth of July -- but the last of James Carver. A Missouri funeral director will be bidding farewell to his dad -- by having his cremated remains mixed with fireworks -- and launched into the sky. Carver's father is the first to try the program by Greenlawn Funeral Homes. His son Jim is the funeral director -- and says the eight-minute fireworks display will be followed by a cookout and memorial celebration.

 
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