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Nineteen Eighty Eight

on November 21, 2014


Wow. 1988.

Twenty-six years ago I was having the time of my life in Disneyland.
It was my first ever family vacation and it was something that I am able to look back on and just smile. This trip embodied many “firsts for me”…

We took a road trip. This might explain why I love road tripping with my own family now. Anyway, with this trip we traveled to Nevada, Arizona and California. It’s kind of funny the small details that I remember of this trip, but then they were huge to me.

We drove through Nevada and we stopped at Circus Circus. I’m not even sure if that place is even around anymore, but I toted a sweet pink Circus Circus fanny pack for the longest time. Loved that thing. That was my first time in Vegas. First (and probably last) fanny pack? Score.

Back in the motor-home we celebrated my Grandma’s birthday. She stood there opening presents as we travelled down the road. I couldn’t tell you what she got, but I can still hear the rustle of the paper as she opened her gift. I glanced up at her and saw a smile that could light up a room. We were together.

We got to Disneyland. The very first thing I remember is walking up to the ticket gate. My mom was walking (and videotaping as in VHS) and she walked right into the brothers and I laughed so hard. And yes, it’s recorded.
Laughter. I remember a lot of laughter.

I remember riding a ride that I didn’t necessarily want to so I pretended to fall asleep. My mom held me tight…I remember begging my dad not to spin the tea cups too fast because I was a weenie. I think he then rode with my brothers so he could spin fast.

I remember It’s A Small World being my favorite ride and almost being in tears because I loved it so much.

We watched a parade that night and I remember Oliver and Company was the big movie at that time so all of the characters were dancing on a float. Man, I’m getting old!

I remember going to Sea World, Knotts Berry Farm and Universal Studios. I thought I was going to get swallowed by a tsunami and eaten by King Kong at Universal so I try to block that out. My mom was super pumped to get her picture taken by Tom Selleck and his Magnum P.I car. (Don’t worry mom, I won’t post that picture)

Then we went to the ocean.

I remember screaming. No, I wasn’t scared, just incredibly excited. Literally, I screamed the entire time…and it wasn’t a “oh I was so cute!” scream, it was a “why didn’t someone tell me to zip it?” scream. (Seriously…we have a video of it.)

I was 6. It was the first time I had ever seen an ocean and it was HUGE! I can remember drawing in the sand and I looked back and saw my dad in his jeans and tennis shoes. It was November, but that didn’t stop me and my brothers from getting barefoot and running (and screaming…lots of screaming) through the sand and letting the salt water splash our legs.

The end of our trip was celebrating Thanksgiving with our family in Arizona. Being grateful. That’s what it’s all about right? Family, friends and just being together.

I remember lots of things. But none of them were what I got that trip (except the fanny pack). All of my memories are of how I felt. The laughter, smiles, screams (oh the screaming) and all of the fun that I had with my family back in November 1988. I can only hope that Ray and I are able to create some of the same memories for our own kids now.

In 1988, I learned that it’s not about how much money is spent or what I had and didn’t have. I learned that what is important, is how much TIME we spend together.
So let me just say…Invest in your kids! It is something you will never regret spending! (You might regret the fanny pack.)



4 responses to “Nineteen Eighty Eight

  1. Vivian says:

    I love your message, hearing about your adventures, the way you write, and yes, I love you… You and Ray are giving your children adventures for their memories, all filled with love ~

  2. Grandma Faith says:

    Oh Caiti!! That trip was my very most favorite motor home trip!! I am so glad you have those wonderful memories!

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