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Magan: WEverb12 (Prompt 4 — New 2012 Experiences)

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Hi friends! Estelle and I are going to be chiming in this month about WEverb12 every now and then. We hope you’ll stop over at the website 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 about who we are 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.

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December 18, 2012 - 5:51 am

Jasmine Rose - Yay, Seattle!
Awesome pictures, by the way. The seals are adorable and I really love the one of your family in the snow.
I never realized how lucky I was that my parents made it a point to take us on one big vacation a year. Sometimes it was just camping, but we also got to go to places like Silverwood (Idaho theme park), Nevada, Yellowstone, and even Disneyland. I’m glad your family got the chance to get together and make some memories :]

December 9, 2012 - 1:06 am

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December 7, 2012 - 9:13 pm

Leah - Everything about this post made me smile. Growing up, I don’t remember going on too many vacations. It wasn’t until just a few years ago that I started going places (& by that, I mean plane rides/10+ hour car trips). Alaska has always intrigued me and that’s awesome you not only got to visit, but also share the experience with your family. 🙂 My family – even the in-laws – are all super close, so it’d be wonderful to go on a big vacation like that with them.

Also: your pictures are GORGEOUS.

December 7, 2012 - 7:02 pm

Kelly - I think it’s adorable that your parents wanted to make their anniversary a family trip! Growing up was similar for me…we did our yearly trip to PEI (which I thought was nothing extravagant), but after my husband and I went camping there for a weekend, I got to see just how expensive it is – and we were only two people! It definitely made me appreciate all those family vacations, that I might have taken for granted growing up.

Your pictures are absolutely gorgeous – what kind of camera did you use?

December 5, 2012 - 11:18 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - Awww — this is such a great, heartfelt post! I totally know what you mean. My family didn’t go on many vacations when I was growing up either; we’d usually just pile into the van and go camping for a few days as our annual summer holiday. The summer after high school graduation, we went on a two week trip to the Maritime provinces in eastern Canada and that was one of the BEST trips in my memory. I was right in between high school and university, teetering on the edge of being a grown-up, but not quite there yet. Trips like that always make for the best memories, and I’m glad that yours was no exception. Plus, next time you’re back in this part of the world, we are totally going to make plans to meet up. Right? =)

December 4, 2012 - 7:08 pm

elena - WOW, your photo are incredibly beautiful and I’m so glad you can do this trip with your family! My trips tend to be a stressful but hooray for your trip being mostly relaxing & calm. It sounds like you really did have great memories and I hope you can do it again soon. 🙂

December 4, 2012 - 2:36 pm

Heather Self - SO fun! Brad and I did a big trip last year (our honeymoon that only took 14 years)and it was the first time we’d ever been away together. Trips like this are so fabulous.

December 4, 2012 - 1:49 pm

Cynthia - That’s how we are, we never really go on vacations outside of Texas since we’re a one income only family. Hopefully when the kids get a little older we’ll be able to do something like this, we’ve always wanted to go on a cruise. I’m sure the kids will love it too. Thanks for sharing Magan!

December 4, 2012 - 1:46 pm

Alexa Y. - Your cruise looks AMAZING, and I’m glad you got to spend some quality time with your family. Alaska is a place I’ve always wanted to visit – and your pictures have further convinced me that I must!

December 4, 2012 - 10:53 am

Hemborgwife - That sounds amazing, I would love to see Alaska one day as well!

December 4, 2012 - 8:29 am

Ginger @ GReads! - I love that your parents wanted to spend their 25th wedding anniversary with the family & do something memorable. I, too, have had moments where I can reflect back (even in that moment) and say to myself: I’ll never forget this. I think it’s important to have those little moments from time to time. I even take a mental photograph so the memory will always be there, just for me, to go back to.

P.S. I still think it’s funny how we were both in Seattle, just a week a part! ha

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