Memorable Family Moments ~ $100 Visa Giveaway

When I look at my life, I count my lucky stars that I am lucky enough to look back at a string of happy moments. Sure, there are bumps along the road, but overall when the days and years run together my past is filled happy moments – big and small. And those moments when I am happiest, those are the moments spent surrounded by family. 

When I think about time with my family, the first moments that come to mind are those that are life-altering (weddings and births) and those that become an annual tradition (holiday celebrations). In honor of the new movie August: Osage County, which is all about family — the good and the bad, here are 5 memorable family moments from our suburban family. 

Our Wedding Day – Married 10 years this spring, every time I think about my wedding day I can’t help but smile. Surrounded by family and friends celebrating the day that I married my best friend, it was everything I dreamed it would be and more. It was magical, and we danced the night away. If I had to do it all again, I would — and I would do it exactly the same. It was amazing, and I would be happy to relive it over and over. 

Christmas at My Parent’s House – With the holidays just behind us, I can’t help to include Christmas in my top 5 most memorable moments. Even with all of the chaos and mayhem, there is nothing like that special day. For our family, we always spend Christmas Day at my parent’s house. Filled with traditions that include foods, movies and decorations that I have known since childhood. It is my favorite day of the year, and surrounded by my loved ones, it is a special holiday indeed. 

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Thanksgiving At The Ranch – Growing up our Thanksgiving was unlike any traditional Thanksgiving celebration. It was filled with family, friends, riding 4-wheelers, truck rides in the field and bon fires. For the first 30+ years of my life, we celebrated Thanksgiving at my Aunt’s family ranch. And it was awesome! To me, it isn’t a real Thanksgiving unless we are out in the country — and I am a suburban girl through and through. 

The Births of My Daughters – There is no greater moment in a woman’s life like the moment she becomes a mom. Filled with emotions ranging from sheer exhaustion to utter exhilaration and pure love. My life really began when I became a mom, and I cannot imagine my life without those two moments. Each unique and truly wonderful, it is my eternal hope that I can make my girls lives as happy and fulfilled as my own life was in the moment of their births. 


Awesomesauce Birthday Parties - As much as I don’t want my girls to grow up, oh if I could only freeze time, I love to celebrate their birthdays in a BIG way. The day they came into my life, nothing else mattered other than making them happy. The smile on my daughters’ face on her big day when she squeals in delight at all of my hard work makes sleepless nights and hours of crafting worth it all. I do birthdays big! (And it is time to start planning for March, someone is going to be 6!)


This Friday, August: Osage County opens in theaters everywhere. Featuring  a star-studded cast that includes Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Dermot Mulroney, Ewan McGregor and many more and August: Osage County is a story about family. Filled with highs, lows and hilarity, the movie is sure to remind us all of the importance of family — even family that drives us batty. 

August Osage County Movie Poster

August: Osage County tells the dark, hilarious and deeply touching story of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose lives have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Midwest house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them. 

After you watch the movie trailer below, learn more about August: Osage County online and follow the August: Osage County Facebook page for updates about the movie. (Also make sure you check the Facebook app for more ways to win prizes.) 


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  1. Stephanie O'Day says:

    1. First time going to Disney
    2. SeaWorld in California
    3. Everytime I’ve had a neice/nephew born
    4. When my Godson was born!
    5. When I got married!

  2. Elizabeth Ray says:

    my wedding
    telling my husband I was pregnant with our son
    my son’s first sentence (age 5 – he was autistic) calling to chipmunk at Yellowstone “Hey you, come back here!”)
    My son calling me Mom for the first time – age 6.
    My son graduating from high school. (regular diploma.)

  3. An extended family trip to Australia
    Christmas with my extended family growing up
    Meeting my husband
    Getting married
    buying our first house

  4. Trisha McKee says:

    My daughter’s birth
    Road trip with my daughter and nephew
    Fishing with husband
    Christmas Eve party at my mother’s
    Family reunion- sitting outside until well after midnight reminiscing and laughing

  5. Tonya Froemel says:

    1. The birth of my oldest daughter.
    2. The birth of my middle daughter.
    3. The birth of my youngest daughter.
    4. Christmases with my girls.
    5. Making Halloween Costumes with my girls.

  6. Richard Hicks says:

    graduate college
    first child
    getting first job
    first home

  7. 1. Birth of each of my children
    2. our family trip to San Fran when I was 11
    3. When we spent the weekend at a really pretty beach on the gulf for my oldest son’s 2nd birthday
    4. Finding out I was pregnant after trying for 2 yrs
    5. buying my first car!

  8. Bonnie Caselman says:

    My top 5 favorite memories with my loved ones are:
    1) Seeing my daughter graduate
    2) My daughter being born
    3) Holidays with loved ones
    4) Warm Summer nights outside
    5) The unconditional love of every pet I’ve had (They’re loved ones too!)

  9. winning my first tennis tournament
    having a great childhood period..
    marrying my hubby 25 years tomorrow
    surviving cancer
    getting to adopt the most beautiful daughter in the whole wide world!!!

  10. Claudia Davis says:

    1. my vacations to Maine with my mom
    2. my vacations via cruise with my dad
    3. my brothers wedding
    4. my mom’s college graduation
    5. my law school graduation

  11. 1. all of my memories with my significant other.
    2. trips with various loved ones.
    3. baking with my mom as a kid.
    4. summers spent with cousins.
    5. holiday get togethers.

  12. The birth of my girls
    Marrying my hubby
    Our first family vacation
    First day of school for each of my girls
    Family get togethers when my girls were smaller
    Thank you!!

  13. Teresa Thompson says:

    My wedding, birth of my son and daughter, daughters graduation, sons graduation, birth of my grandkids.

  14. Nicole Carter says:

    1. The birth of my son
    2. The birth of my daughter
    3. Meeting my boyfriend
    4. Being at my Mom’s Wedding
    5. Birth of my Niece

  15. -the day my daughter was born
    -my wedding day
    -taking my daughter to Disney World for the first time
    -taking random road trips
    -this past Christmas vacation to NOLA

  16. Lisa Garner says:

    1. The birth of my children
    2. Gradution from college
    3. vacation to florida with my sister and mom
    4. Trip to Disney with my children
    5. My divorce party

  17. pamela love says:

    1. All of the time my family spent at the beach when I was a kid.
    2. The day my daughter was born.
    3. Being in delivery when all three of my grand children were born.
    4. Spending time with my family during the holidays.
    5. Cooking and baking with my 87 year old grandmother. She’s teaching me all of her recipe secrets :)

  18. The birth of my son
    The day my brother married my sister in law and my niece and best friend came into our family
    The birth of my God Daughter
    The birth of my 3 grandkids
    Watching my God Daughter graduate from High School

  19. Jennifer Speed says:

    1. College graduation
    2.Family Reunion Cruise
    3. Getting a new Job
    4. Cousin got married
    5. going to Savannah,GA for the 4th of July

  20. rose paden says:

    1. meeting the love of my life!
    2. Getting married.
    3. rescuing my 6 pets
    4.vacation to kentucky
    5. getting our first home.

  21. 1. Marrying my husband.
    2.The Birth of my daughter.
    3.Christmas Eve dinners at my grandmother and grandfather’s house with all the family.
    4. Family Beach vacations with my husband,daughter, and other family members.
    5.Meeting my daughters fiance.

  22. College
    Buying a car
    Buying a house
    Family reunion
    Fun at Disney with the family

  23. Cheryl Reinhardt says:

    The birth of my Daughter
    Christmas at my Grandmothers
    Easter Egg Hunts as a Child
    Vacation time in Tillamook Oregon at Grandparents
    Christmas Caroling with family

  24. 1. Birth of my children
    2. Birth of my grandson
    3. Children’s HS graduations
    4. Daughters college graduation
    5. The wonderful memories of my grandparents and parents!

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  25. Carl White says:

    Tell me your top 5 favorite memories with their (your) family or loved ones :

    5. Grandpa getting out of prison after 35 years.
    4. My dad teaching me how to drink when I was 13.
    3. The first time I saw mom punch a man in the face.
    2. The jury finding Uncle Bobby not guilty.
    1. Our family cashing that first natural gas check. We can no longer drink the water but we are rich.

  26. My top 5 favorite memories : Birth of my son, Birth of my daughter, First family vacation, First home, Kids starting preschool

  27. janna johnson says:

    church with my grandparents
    easter sundays
    family picnics

  28. Beverly Metcalf says:

    It’s hard to choose just 5. I’ve had a lifetime of mostly great memories.
    1. Getting married
    2. Having a son.
    3. Having a daughter
    4. Buying our first home.
    5. Having another daughter.
    Thanks for this contest.

  29. 1. my first horse
    2, first accident on horse
    3. getting married
    4. 1st child born
    5. 2nd chikd born

  30. 1. The last family gathering we had when my Grandmother was still alive.
    2. Baking cookies as a kid with my mom.
    3. Good health after serious illnesses.
    4. All the holidays!
    5. The baby being born.

  31. 1. The birth of my daughter
    2. the birth of my son
    3. My wedding
    4. The birth of my niece
    5. The birth of my nephews

  32. Sky Sparkle says:

    going to the beach
    a car ride
    going to the store

  33. 1. Vacation all across Canada to PEI.
    2. Visiting Washington,DC and the museums
    3. Seeing Yellowstone Park and geysers.
    4. Cruise to Alaska
    5. Trip to Patagonia, Chile
    Thanks for the contest.

  34. excited tos ee results :)

  35. Happy Funday Sunday, did you announce winner?



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