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. 

The Suburban Mom Family

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.) 


One lucky winner will receive a $100 VISA gift card to use toward family fun.

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Contest ends January 20, 2014.

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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. heather s says:

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

  4. 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

  5. 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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  6. 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.

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

  8. janna johnson says:

    church with my grandparents
    easter sundays
    family picnics

  9. 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.

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

  11. 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.

  12. 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

  13. Sky Sparkle says:

    going to the beach
    a car ride
    going to the store

  14. 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.

  15. excited tos ee results 🙂

  16. Cynthia G says:

    Happy Funday Sunday, did you announce winner?

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