Monday, June 11, 2007

Time Travel Tuesday (Vacations)

Today for our Time Travel Tuesday, Annie has us traveling back to a favorite or memorable vacation..
Well now we are talking, Vacations are always favorite times and memorable time for my family.. Not only as a kid growing up, but also now that I have kids of my own. My family LOVES there vacations. So Sit back relax, grab your bag of popcorn(another thing my family loves LOL) and get ready to do alot of time traveling with me and my family this week.
Our 1st stops will be way back when I was a little kid growing up. The 1st year we will visit is 1977. I was 4 1/2 years old(because you know you ALWAYS have to add that 1/2 year in there) my little sister was 2 1/2 years old and my parents had planned to take a 2nd honeymoon and leave us with our grandma, ONLY when the time came they figured they would have more fun with us then missing us.. So we all got to go with them.
Niagara Falls 1977

This is a shot of me(with the blue umbrella) my mom and my sister(with the pink) they bought us these while at the falls because it kept raining.

In the summer of 1977 we took a camping trip with my parents and with my dad parents, we had a little pop up camper that one of the people from my grandpa's church let him use(Grandpa was there Pastor so they figured they could trust him LOL) I really don't remember where we went as far as which state we were in.. I think it was New Jersey but I don't know why I think that.. but I remember we stay at a Yogi Bear Park or was it called Jellystone park.. don't remember that either LOL, BUT I do remember they had this guy dressed in a Yogi Bear costume drive around to say hi to the kids and my sister loved him sat by him and got a picture but NOT me NO THANK YOU.. I was so afraid of that bear driving a golf cart.
Yogi Bear Park July 1977

me and my sister

On this camping trip I caught my 1st fish.
The next summer we did our vacationing in MI. I was 5 1/2 and my sister was 3 1/2. This year we had another person added to our vacation plans.. My little brother who was only a month or two old.
The Sand Dunes 1978

Me, my dad, and my sister

me and my sister

Mackinac Island 1978

me and my sister on the boat to the Island, I'm in the blue

Here we are on the Island.

Me, my mom, my new little brother, and my sister.
Lets travel a few years to the summer of 1980, we took another trip to Niagara Falls Canada. This trip I'll never forget, besides thinking I was so grown up all of 7 1/2 years old, and loving my brown sandals.. We played a trick on my mom. I'll save that story for another post.
here is my family. My sister who was 5 1/2, me at 7 1/2(though my sister is just as tall as me) my mom, my dad and my brother 2 years old.

my sister, my brother, my mom and me.
In 1982 we went to Florida for our summer vacation. We all loved Florida so much that we started after that 1st trip of going there every summer for vacation . Even after I got married that 1st summer I left DH at home and went with my parents to the beach. that was summer of 1995 after that I became a mom and never made it back to Florida until this past April.
In TN on our way to Florida 1982
me 9 1/2 years old, my sister 7 1/2 and my brother 4 years old
Florida 1982
my sister, me, my mom, and my brother on the beach
Florida 1990

my sister 15 1/2, at the top

Me 17 1/2 years old in the middle
my brother 12 years old down in the front.

That's it for the photos of memorable vacations for me while growing up.. I could fill 100's of blog post with them but I'll stop there..
Now.. for a more resent vacation that meant the world to me. It was the one vacation I needed more then anything in the world. In April 2004 I was 13 weeks pregnant and lost the baby. I was dealing and going on with life but I was so extremely sad and found myself crying just about every hour when the kids weren't needing me to be a mom. DH came home one day in May and told me to start packing we were taking a mini vacation, we were going to spend mothers day in TN. He knew this mothers day was going to be a killer for me and wanted to help get my mind off of the baby I would never get to get a mothers day card from. Traveling the 8 hours in the van was a little hard, because TN had become our yearly vacation spot with his parents and I kept thinking about how I thought the next time we went down there I was going to have Alyssa with us.. So I just kept looking out the window while we were driving along and crying but trying not to let anyone know I was crying.
When we got to TN and started doing vacation stuff, swimming and letting the kids ride rides.. I was starting to feel a little better but still sad.. Then it happened. Princess wanted to ride bummer boats, and so did Mr Man but he was only 4 1/2 years old and couldn't ride them without an adult so I went on with him.. THAT is when it Happened.. I Smiled and was truly having fun for the very 1st time since losing the baby.. I remember getting off those boats thinking.. oh my goodness, I can smile again.. I can find happiness again.. (funny though I'm talking about happiness but still tearing up as I type this.. )
But that vacation will always have a spot as one of my favorite vacations because it was the first time I could smile after losing our baby. I have two albums of photos online from that vacation Here is the 1st and here is the 2nd just click the link to view them. Princess was 8 years old, Mr Man 4 1/2 years old and Sweet Pea 2 years old.
Now to end this Trip though time. I'll leave you with one of the most fun vacations ever. April 2007 spring break vacation to Florida.


Mama C said...

I love those vacation photos, esp. of you and your sister in those matching tops. How cute?

I think going to the beach is the best vacation I ever had. That last story was very touching. God only gives us what we can handle and you handled that difficult time well.

Heather said...

How blessed are you to have so many fond memories of trips with your family growing up and your own family as well. Thank you for sharing all of that. I loved the slide show!

Jodi said...

Wow!! Your photos are great! I love going to the island as well! We are taking a trip up there this summer!!

Have a great Tuesday!

annie said...

What sweet photos, love the little umbrellas. I am excited to hear Amanda's experiences at Niagara Falls. I loved reading about your vacations. Such cute pictures too.

Barbara H. said...

I have never been to Niagra -- it must be so wonderful to behold. It's sweet to see the progression in the pictures through the years. And that last vacation you described was so touching.

Renee's Ramblings said...

Your memories are precious. The pictures of you and your family are great. Your last story was very touching. Thank you for sharing them.

Sheryl said...

(((HUGS)) I'm sorry for your loss and the continued pain. Thanks for sharing your heart.
What sweet, precious memories! What great pics!!

Penless Thoughts said...

Loved the pictures you shared. You and your sister remind me of my two daughters when they were young.

IRENE said...

I have this to say: this was not mindless at all. thank you for sharing your beautiful childhood memories and beautiful family photos.
I was so sorry to hear about your baby. Although a mum's sorrow can never go away, I wish you lots of happiness from now on, and God's healing.

Anonymous said...

What great photos! I love to see those late 70 and early 80s shots! I was little then too! How sweet of your husband to plan that trip for you. That was truly thoughtful, and I am glad it helped to lift your spirits.

Fifi said...

What wonderful memories!!I can hear you had an amazing childhood!
Thanks for sharing!
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palmtreefanatic said...

this is an awesome post! fun family vacation photos!
You sure had a nice childhood to reflect on, thats super!

- PRACTiCAL CHiCK said...

Those are so sweet. I remember "catching" my first fish. I had my pole and I was about three. I fell asleep and the fish got it and jerked it out of my hands. Some guy on the other side of the lake ended up catching not only the fish, but my fishing pole too. LOL

Jenileigh said...

Hi! I really enjoyed visiting your page and reading about your vacations. The pics were great and honesty touched my heart. Thanks for commenting on my page. I look forward to getting to know you better!

Joyful Days said...

What beautiful memories. I am so very sorry you lost your precious baby, but you had a wise husband to take you on that vacation.

Wonderful pictures. Many blessings.