“But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.”
After the amazing and wonderful experience of giving birth to Jesus Christ, God’s Son, the Bible tells us that Mary thought about “all these things” and treasured them in her heart. This was definitely a moment in her life that she did not want to forget.
We all have special moments in our lives that we, too, want to remember. Family vacations take time to plan, energy to prepare for being away from home, and finances to make it happen; these are moments we definitely want to remember. Here are a few ideas to make your wonderful vacation memories last forever.
1. Take lots of pictures/videos
This may seem like a no-brainer. But it can be difficult to remember to take pictures especially if you are having such a fun time. It is also much easier to take pictures of others, but it is important to remember that you were there too! 🙂 Ask people to take pictures of your whole group or take turns snapping the photo.
This may come very natural to some and for others, the idea of journaling may never come to mind. Even if you are in the latter group, you may want to try it. While you and your family are living the vacation it may seem like you will never forget it. But there are always little moments that make the vacation special that may be easily forgotten. Perhaps you could take 5-10 minutes at the end of each day and write down all your favorite moments from that day. Here is a great resource if you are not sure how to start your vacation journal.
3. Be in the present
We are all very busy and it is not uncommon to have to much on our plates during a normal day. Vacation is an opportunity to get away from those responsibilities for awhile and focus on being together. Try your best to keep your focus on the vacation instead of being worried or preoccupied with work or other things from back home.
4. Allow for multi-generational time
Multi-what? Let me say that again. Allow your vacation to have some multi-generational time. This simply means allow for time where many different generations come together. This could be inviting grandparents or great-grandparents to meet you somewhere or bringing along your own grandkids for the adventure. Each generation brings something different to the experience so it will make it more memorable.
5. Do something new
Do you remember the first time you did something really cool? Like the first time you went white water rafting, canoeing, horseback riding, or went to a professional sporting event? It is more memorable to do something for the first time. Try to incorporate at least one thing into your vacation that will be a “first” for either you or someone in your family.
6. Do something unique
This goes hand in hand with the last point, but is a bit different. This suggests to not only do something new, but try to find an uncommon or rare activity to participate in. Do some research before you go on vacation and figure out what makes the place you are going unique. At Riverside Resort, for example, we have excellent fishing, multiple boating options, and numerous games/activities. Perhaps you have never been paddleboarding or kayaking or played Gaga Ball before. Vacations are a great time to do something unique and special that you could not normally do at home.
7. Bring home a souvenir
Are you a coffee drinker? Buy a coffee mug with a picture or name of the place you visited. Does your family like to play cards? Buy a deck of cards that will remind you of your vacation. Do you collect postcards? Do you like to get new clothes? The list is endless. Souvenirs will help you remember the stories that go along with them.
If you try one or more of these suggestions, you will have an easier time remembering the wonderful vacations you had together as a family. Time is so precious and goes by so quickly, hold on tight to the moments that matter and, like Mary, let’s do our best to treasure them up in our hearts.