Hi friends!Â Estelle and I are going to be chiming in this month aboutÂ WEverb12Â every now and then. We hope youâ€™ll stop over at theÂ websiteÂ and check it out for yourself. A team of bloggers has collected some prompts to help us think about the last year and also look ahead to 2013. We thought this might be a nice way for us to challenge ourselves writing wise and also to share a little more aboutÂ who we areÂ on the blog.
What did you do in 2012 that you had never done before? Will you do it again?
Growing up, we didn’t have a whole lot of money. My parents worked really hard to make sure we were well taken care of, but vacations were a luxury for sure. We occasionally went to a Texas beach with my extended family, but until this summer, my family had never gone on a trip together where we left the state of Texas. My parents celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary in July. For over a year, we planned and saved for the cruise to Alaska.
It was awesome to get away to spend time with my family (Mom, Dad, brother, sister, grandparents, and aunt and uncle). I’m probably always, always going to reflect on this trip because I learned that my grandpa’s health is deteriorating. It was really eye-opening for me and though I shed some tears over the news, I was so extremely grateful to have the time with everyone.
Throughout the trip, I kept thinking, “I’m never going to forget this.”
We did a lot of fun things: whale watching, climbing and hiking through snowy mountains, reading in quiet nooks on the ships, riding a train, gambling (I’d never, ever gambled before in my life. So fun… but I can see how this could be addicting for some people!), etc.
Being away was so relaxing and.. peaceful. My family is full of readers so it was 100% acceptable that I filled my kindle up with tons of books and read my little heart out. (And so did they.)
I think there are moments that can be stressful for any trip (even one with just Dustyn and myself), but ultimately, memories are made and new things are experienced.
Would I ever do something like this again?
For sure. Life is short and I’m happy to spend it with the people I love. Maybe for my parent’s 50th (or mine & Dustyn’s 25th!) we’ll rally up the family to go on another big trip!
Click on the Pike Place photo to enlarge each of the other photos below. You can use your left and right cursors to go through the images! We flew into Seattle and left for Alaska from there, so the first few are a few from there.