How FOREVER Helped the Transition of Family Traditions
The third week in July is our extended family beach week. My mother- and father-in-law started this family tradition in 1989. Every year, they rented a house in Duck, NC. Eventually, it became two houses.
As our family grew, so did the traditions. There was always a birthday party for cousin Craig which became more elaborate each year. The first year, there were balloons, streamers, cake, and ice cream. Years later, the family was divided into teams and given odd items with which to make a floating device. Then the floating devices, each with a team member on them, were tested in the ocean. The team that made the device that lasted the longest in the ocean won.
Another year, a large Monopoly board was drawn on the cul-de-sac outside and each person was a “pawn” traveling around the board. Some of us were wearing aprons, others bandanas, and my father-in-law was in jail wearing a dunce hat and Groucho Marx glasses/nose/mustache while rolling large fuzzy dice. Yes, strangers on their way to the beach would stop and stare with their mouths hanging open. But there is safety in numbers, and there were around 25 of us that year!
Other traditions included pizza night, a trip to the shops, make-your-own sundae night, a kids-against-adults water fight, and a shrimp & crab night. Unfortunately, my in-laws have passed away, but we knew they would want us to continue the tradition. So we did.
Over the years, though, the traffic got worse and the water seemed to get colder. In 2012, the family decided to try a new beach: VA Beach, which was closer for everyone. I made a “Duck scrapbook” to help the family with the transition.
I collected pictures from family members and scanned and organized them using FOREVER Historian. Other photos required FOREVER conversion services so they could be digitized. I used FOREVER Artisan to make the book. Of course, the Pixels2Pages team taught me all sorts of techniques that I used to put the book together and helped me to organize all my travel-, beach-, and family-themed digital art kits!
I asked each family member to write a memory or two for the book. The memories were as unique as each family member. Some wrote a short sentence, others wrote a full page, others drew pictures, and one cousin wrote a 13-stanza haiku. But all the memories had a common theme: the love of family.
Eventually, I finished the 99-page book and printed many copies. It was also shared using my FOREVER Storage Account where it will be saved forever! The album in my account has three nested albums: one has all the scrapbook pages, another has all the photos, and the third one has all the written memories. So the Duck memories are save forever as we make new memories in VA beach!