Feisty is really sick today, so I kept the babies while Kristen took her to the doctor. It turned into a "sleepover" to protect the little ones from catching anything. That would be disastrous. We decided to take them with us on our Friday night "date." Were we ever the center of attention at the restaurant!
It took them quite a while to settle down - both of them! They're sleeping now, but I don't see myself getting a very good night's rest. But hopefully Kristen will.
Now to the story of the day.
When I was in the middle of 5th through the 8th grade, we lived in International Falls, Minnesota. This town is situated in the northernmost point of Minnesota - just across the bridge from Fort Francis, Ontario. It is a very COLD place. In fact, International Falls long promoted itself as the "Icebox of the Nation".
I read in the paper just this week that after several years of legal battles, the United States Patent and Trademark Office officially registered the slogan with International Falls on January 29, 2008, Registration Number 3375139. Only a few days after announcing its success in the trademark battle, International Falls had a record low temperature of −40°F, beating a previous record of −37°F in 1967.
For the last two Valentine's Days I have wanted to tell this story about the town where I have lived for 36 years (hard to believe, since prior to that, the longest I lived anywhere was 5 years). I was reluctant to reveal exactly where I live. But I have decided it's such an interesting tale that I will leave my anonymity to this extent.
Two years before International Falls took on the claim of "Icebox of the Nation," way back in 1946 (well before the Internet, but slightly after the Pony Express) an idea came to Postmaster Elmer Ivers, Chamber of Commerce President Ted W. Thompson and his wife Mabel. They had a vision - a vision to share the romantic name of our town of Loveland with the whole world.
Since 1962 a high school senior girl has been chosen to represent the program and the city as "Miss Loveland Valentine". Personal appearances representing the City of Loveland take this ambassador around the state of Colorado. An appearance at the Colorado State Legislature and a personal visit with the Governor are just two of the highlights in her busy schedule.
In 1964, a specially designed Valentine card was produced to offset some of the expenses of this costly program, and the Official Loveland Valentine's Cards continue to touch the hearts of people around throughout the world. Loveland Valentines can be purchased through the Chamber of Commerce , from their Official Loveland Valentine web site, or through any of the participating Chamber merchants. Every year there is a contest for the card's design. Here is this year's winner:
Loveland's "Valentine Sweethearts", Ted and Mabel Thompson have now passed away. The Loveland community feels their absence. To commemorate their vision and love of Loveland, their memory lives on through the annual Valentine Re-Mailing program. A bronze relief of the Thompsons is featured in Thompson Park on 4th Street in Loveland. (copied from the Loveland Daily Report Herald).
Kristen has finally found a minute while here this morning to do a catch-up post. Go on over and visit her if you have a minute to spare.