A List Maker's Life: Mixing Up a Memory

Friday, July 8, 2011

Mixing Up a Memory

There are many favorite annuals from my childhood still necessary for me to repeat.  Beyond formal photos, long afternoons around the dinner table, or obligatory visits in the living room it is my desire to continue creating traditions that will keep our kids engaged and excited to spend time with us as the grow.  In searching for ideas that fit our family I also spent time researching the main ingredients for making memories to last a lifetime.  We have our own family rituals and intentional time together weekly, however we have also committed to one special activity a month usually coinciding with a holiday.

When deciding on July's activity it was necessary to come up with something that didn't tie us to a particular destination.  Some years we are camping, others are spent at the lake, and occasionally we are home for the 4th.  Our tradition needed to travel and it most certainly does.

Memory Making Essentials: A Patriotic Parade on Wheels

{M - Meaningful Participation}
The activity needs to work for everyone who might like to participate.  Consider age, ability level, interest, and appropriateness.  The more involved each person is, the more memorable the activity will be.  This does require a bit of preparation and thought.  Our parade participants chose their own wheels: strollers, wagons, bikes, big wheels, roller blades, scooters, and feet.
{E - Expressing Emotions}
Be silly, show appreciation, deliver kindness, & enjoy friendship: we did all of these as we rode through a local celebration honking, waving, smiling, and handing out candy to everyone we passed.
{M - Magical Moments}
Surprise, Anticipation, Working Together, Being Creative, Meeting New People
{O - Oohs and Aahs that Satisfy the Senses}
The more colors, music, noise makers ;), decorations, and yummy treats the better.  The sunshine and sound of waves off the board walk added some oohs and aahs for me as well.

{R - Record and Remember}
We took lots of pictures to capture the emotions of the day and help keep the memory alive.

{Y - You!} 
Each person participating was there because he or she is special to us and their presence added joy to the occasion.

{MEMORY acronym paraphrased from The Little Things are the Big Things by Lorle}

Our family agreed this year was our best Patriotic Parade on Wheels to date.  Extra friends, extra candy, extra sunshine, and extra energy.  It was an extra happy 4th of July. We are already looking forward to a repeat next year!
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  1. Such a neat acronym.

    Your children will share their memories from your patriotic parade on wheels with their own children. Better still, you will probably be doing this years from now with your children and grandchildren. They are the best traditions - the ones that are handed down.

  2. Oh I love this! It's such a great idea and it looks like everyone had so much fun!

  3. Sounds like your random idea was a hit!

  4. What a great and fun idea to celebrate 4th of July! I'm sure those kids enjoyed the parade... and the treats! Congratulations on starting a tradition for your family. And thanks for sharing this to us netizens. :)

  5. Looks like so much fun! Such a great idea and something you can do every year now.


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