I feel that it's important that a family have time together creating memories and having fun together. I've learned that there will be a time when someone in your family won't be around anymore. Don't take your family for granted, because one day they'll be gone and those memories that you've created with them will always be with you.
My Mother passed away 3 years ago. She loved to travel! My Dad and my Mom used to take my brother and I to Disneyland several times a year. We lived very close to Disneyland. We always had fun together. It was a time when my Mom and Dad became like one of the kids! They weren't trying to get us to clean our rooms or do any other chores. It was a time that we could leave the "real" world behind and enter another "land," where we could play together.
I can remember when I went on Space Mountain at Disneyland with my Mom. Passengers get to sit side by side at the Space Mountain in Disneyland. The whole time my Mom was screaming! Now, I'm the one who's screaming while my son sits there looking bored. I have that picture, I'll have to scan it into my computer.
Years ago, before I had a family of my own and I was in my 20's, I used to travel a lot with my parents. We went on a cruise around Hawaii on American Hawaii Cruises, which is no longer in existence. We also went to Walt Disney World and Disneyland, the beach, Wyoming, Estes Park, Colorado, and many other places.
I have fond memories of my parents and I doing the hula, eating poi (for the first and last time), snorkeling, hiking in the snow, watching lava spill out in the ocean at midnight, and singing along with "it's a small world" after all! People thought we were crazy I'm sure. Who cares, we'd never see them again. Have fun and act silly!
One really funny memory that I have is when my parents and I were on the cruise and we were eating dinner. The matradee who was Italian came to our table. He, probably thinking that my Dad was Italian, started speaking to my Dad in Italian. My Dad just sat there shaking his head and saying, "Yah, yah..." Five minutes later the matradee came back with all of these plates of pasta! At first, we tried not to laugh while the matradee was standing there, but after he left the three of us laughed so hard we almost couldn't contain ourselves!
Creating fond memories with your family and friends is what's really important in life. I know with the economy being as it is, not everyone can afford to go on vacation to places like Walt Disney World or Hawaii, but there are other cheaper ways to spend time with your family having fun and making lasting memories!