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3 ways to make your Memorial Day more Memorable

What does your family like to do for Memorial Day?  Today, I’d like to share with you 3 ways to make your Memorial Day more Memorable.

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Memorial Day is usually the last Monday in the month of May each year, and the purpose of the holiday is to remember those who have died for our country.  (For more information on Memorial Day, see www.usmemorialday.org)

I have found that Memorial Day is much more meaningful if I know the stories of those in my own family who have passed away.

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Talk to your parents or grandparents and ask them questions about their relatives.  Learn the stories so you can tell them to your children.   President Thomas S Monson once said, “We discover something about ourselves when we learn about our ancestors.” I have found that to be true!

 

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Take the opportunity to visit a cemetery.  Explain to your children why there are so many flags and flowers.  Find out where your relatives are buried and visit their graves, if possible.  Last year I brought my iPad and showed the kids a picture of the person for each grave we visited.  I was able to tell stories about each one, and it was really neat.

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Whatever you choose to do for your Memorial Day, make sure you do it consistently, each year.

My family has visited cemeteries on Memorial Day weekend for years and years.  In fact, I recently found this photo of my Dad’s family doing the same thing.  (He’s the little blonde boy!)

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And I am trying to continue this tradition with my own family.

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Every Memorial Day we have a pancake breakfast after we visit the Cemetery.    If you’re looking for a fun breakfast tradition, you could make these Patriotic Pancakes every year!

Whatever your family decides to do, make sure you do it together every year.  And don’t forget to take pictures!

I hope your Memorial Day turns out more memorable this year, and every year after!

 

 

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Boys Birthday Cake Idea

Here is a fun Boy’s Birthday Cake idea that I would like to share with you today!

My son loved the new Disney Planes Fire and Rescue movie, so for his birthday this year we made him a Planes Birthday Cake!

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To make this cake, I made on cake mix in a 9×13 pan, and one cake mix in two circular dishes and one small loaf pan.  After they had baked and cooled, I frosted them with a chocolate cream cheese frosting, all except for the mini loaf which I frosted white.

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We knew we wanted to get our son a few Planes toys so we planned the cake accordingly.

For THE FIRE, we printed it out on white cardstock in color ink. Then we cut out the flames, taped them to tooth picks and stuck them in.

For THE TREES, we printed out several pages on different shades of green cardstock.  Then we cut two little slits into each tree and inserted a pretzel stick and stuck them into the cake.  Then we placed extra pretzel sticks around to look like logs.

For the building, we frosted the mini loaf with white frosting and then we stuck pretzel sticks on it.

For the river, we used Twizlers pull apart licorice.  Then we placed mini unwrapped Snickers in the river to look like rocks.

Then we used a skewer stick to go through all the layers of cake in order to support the weight of the plane on top of it.

 

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Our five-year-old LOVED this birthday cake, and I’m sure your child will too!

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