Posted By Aimee Wilson - Occasions To Savor

When I travel for business, my young son stays with a family member, usually my mother.  I miss him while I am away and I know he misses me.  I always leave behind a "While I'm Away" box (made by Once Upon A Family).  On the top, I insert a photo of my son and me.  Inside, I place a few goodies, including a special note from Mommy.

This time, I saw a quote from the wise, old Pooh bear, Winnie the Pooh.  I included it in my letter and plan to reproduce a framed photo with the following quote on it:

"If ever there is tomorrow when we're not together, there is something you must always remember: you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we're apart, I'll always be with you"

That powerful message is what kept me focused and my young son loved and cared for by me while I attended my sales conferences.  He loves the "While I'm Away" box and the wisdom of Winnie the Pooh made it extra special this time.

Savor life's best,

Aimee


 
Posted By Aimee Wilson - Occasions To Savor

This time next Monday, families across the United States will be celebrating Memorial Day in their own way.  For some, it is just a holiday free of work or school.  For others, Memorial Day is a celebration of soldiers and their sacrifice. Given our country's involvement in wars in foreign lands, remembering those who served in war or peace time is what I remember about Memorial Day celebrations. 

Growing up in suburban Philadelphia, I remember the local parades filled with patriotism, including the soldiers proudly displaying their uniforms, the veterans waving their flags, and visiting a local cemetery where our family members who have gone on were laid to rest. 

Gathering with those you love and care about on any occasion is a special time.  Whatever your tradition for Memorial Day, take time to remember others who have gone on before you and savor the life you have because of them. 

Remember to share how you feel about the work and sacrifices of others while they are here.  If you are gathering with family and others, review ideas about Memorial Day Party Activities with Meaning! posted on Twittermoms.

Savor life's best,

Aimee

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Posted By Aimee Wilson - Occasions To Savor

As long as I can remember, I was a political watcher.  I enjoy the competition, the craft, and the negotiation aspects of politics.  I do not have a degree in Political Science.  However, I have been a lay-student of the science of politics.  However, I typically do not discuss my political views with those outside of my immediate family for a number of reasons.  So, I do not intend to express any political views here. 

I cannot ignore the pride of Americans, like me, as we embark on a monumentous weekend of Inauguration activities.  I am energized by the upcoming Inauguration and have foregone all other activities on Tuesday, January 20, 2009 to be as close as my television for the festivities.  After discussing the Inauguration train journey today with a friend and the excitement that the journey begins in Philadelphia, the closest major city to my hometown, I sought additional information on the Internet about it.

While the tradition of an Inauguration has been established since our first president, George Washington, those traditions surrounding the entire inauguration celebration has evolved over time.  President-Elect Barrack Obama is paying homage to another Illinoisan,  Abraham Lincoln with his Inauguration events and will recreate President Lincoln's trip through Philadelphia, just one example of honoring one of his heroes.

Regular Americans have been invited to join the Inaugural Whistle Stop Tour, which must be one of the best invitations of their lives.  The train ride will be one they can savor for all times.  What I also appreciate is the intended involvement of the Obama daughters.  Malia and Sasha Obame are expected to stand with their parents during the oath-taking.  No longer will children be relegated to the background.  Including children of the President-Elect is noted as a new tradition of Inaugurations.  Learning about some of the traditions of Inaugurations was fascinating from a personal standpoint and as an Event Planner.  I look forward to hearing about all the events leading up to the Inauguration Ceremony. 

Where will you be on Tuesday, January 20, 2009?  I'll be glued to my television.

Savor life's best,

Aimee


 
Posted By Aimee Wilson - Occasions To Savor

As Halloween approaches, people are getting their costumes together and picking up their favorite candies to give out. My personal favorites are anything chocolate.

Growing up, I never relished trying to figure out what costume to wear. I do enjoy my son dressing up and pretending to be someone else, if just for a day. I decided he'd be an animal despite his desire to be something scary. He's a bit young for that.

I've started the tradition of taking a picture of him and sending them to my paternal aunts. I started this tradition mainly because I do not take my son to visit them enough. And the pictures and picture-taking are fun. My aunts absolutely love it too!  In a way, through my son, I get to be a kid when Halloween comes around. Except for chocolate, candy does not fascinate me anymore. Now that I think about it, my son is similar in that regard. But when he gets a boatload of candy this Halloween, all of that may change.

Happy Halloween!

Savor life's best,

Aimee


 
Posted By Aimee Wilson - Occasions To Savor

One of the things I've enjoyed over time is dancing. I was asked by a new associate if I liked to dance or just liked watching dancing. I like to dance, although I don't know any up-to-date dances (I'm stuck in the '80s) AND I like watching others dance. Needless to say, I watch "Dancing with the Stars". I love the competition aspect of the show as well as the variety in dance moves, music, and costumes. I admire those who can move their feet so fast.

Well, I proudly passed the love of dancing onto my son. At my brother's wedding last year, my son was out there dancing. In fact, he had a hard time getting a dance partner. We attended a festival a few months ago at a retirement community. Yes, my son was dancing with the older ladies while everyone sat and marvelled at his fearlessness.

Have you ever heard of "Baby Loves Disco"? It is a neat concept - afternoon dance parties in actual dance clubs are held around the country for kids 6 months - 7 years old. At the event in Philadelphia held on the first Sunday each month, there is disco dancing, healthy and tasty treats, and fun checking out the activity areas. We started a tradition on my son's first birthday to go at least once a year. When I think about it, my son went to a bar way before I ever did. While we missed his birthday month this year, it will be our 3rd time going to "Baby Loves Disco" on November 2nd and we'll have a few friends joining us for the first time. It will be a great time for everyone! I hope to remember to snap a few pictures to share.

Savor life's best,

Aimee


 

 

 
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