Clear back in July my husband and I took a trip up to Washington state to attend my cousins wedding. We went a few days early and celebrated our 5th anniversary along the way. My mom and sister brought our little guy up and met us! So the second half of our trip was our family vacation for the year. It was tons of fun! The trip up to Spokane was one my family made at least once a year when I was little. My cousin (the one getting married) is also one of my closest friends! My mom and I used to go shopping with her and her mom every fall. I used to stay for weeks at a time in the summer. On the way to Spokane is Missoula, MT. This is where my grandparents lived and it was always a stop along the way, if not the destination itself. There was nowhere in the world as exciting as Grandma's house, with the big old yard and hill that we would hit golf balls up and then go find them. There was always something yummy in the garden and Grandma made the best meals.
So this little vacation of ours was a trip down memory lane for me. Of course we could not stop at Grandma's house because they now live in Idaho, but seeing Missoula still brought back tons of memories.
On the way home from Spokane, we made a traditional stop. Never, ever did my family pass up the 10,000 Silver Dollar Bar (now the 50,000 Silver Dollar Bar), not on the way to Spokane and not on the way home. Its just a gas station/ souvenir shop/ restaurant, but to me it is magical. It's the place where I bought beaded Indian girl necklaces and pop guns, and my favorite pair of earrings! I was so excited to share this special place with Joe and to watch my little boy's eyes light up at the sight of all the cool toys! I felt like a little girl again.
Our next stop was the Carousel in Missoula, a place we visited almost every time we went to Grandma's. It is beautiful with hand carved horses. It goes SO fast, one of the reasons I loved it so much as a kid, and also the reason I could only stand to ride it once as an adult... it made me quite dizzy. But Wylie loved it!
As a kid my family moved around all the time. I can't easily go back to all of the places of my childhood to share them with my own kids, so this trip was such a blessing for me. Joe on the other hand lived in the same house all his life and his parents still live there, just 10 minutes from where we live now. I feel so blessed to be able to visit his childhood often.
So take a day and share your childhood with your children. Whether it's a place, or an event, they will probably love it, and it will make you that much closer.