Saturday, May 23, 2009

Make Memorial Weekend Memories - Free

One definition of the word, vacation is "leisure time away from work devoted to rest or pleasure." You don't have to go somewhere to have a vacation. Making memories with our children or grandchildren is rarely about location. Just because the budget is tight doesn't mean you can't have a fun family vacation.

The first step is to decide that this is a vacation day. That means no laundry, no chores and ignore the phone or let the answering machine take messages.

Next, grab sleeping bags or blankets and define a 'camping spot' either inside or outside. Pitch a tent or make one with a sheet over table or two chairs. If outside, build a safe campfire in a portable grill or hibachi for roasting marshmallows or making S'mores.
However, special food is not needed, just take the food outside or have the kids help fix it inside - yes, I know it takes longer - but it is the EXPERIENCE that will be remembered.

If you are outside, you can watch the stars come out and find the Big Dipper, Little Bear and other constellations. Teach the kids a silly song from your childhood. Ask them to sing their favorite song to you. Tell ghost stories to older children. There is something about being in the dark that is safe for asking questions, telling stories, being silly.

A favorite childhood memory of mine was sleeping out in the backyard with my brother and sister one night. I only remember doing it one time. My mother came out in the early morning and told us the story of the Princess and the Pea. Now that had to be over 45 years years ago. I am not sure if Larry or Dennie remember it, but when I think of a pleasant childhood memory, that's the one that pops into my mind.

This weekend, I suggest young families take "leisure time away from work devoted to rest or pleasure" and make some memories with your children.

I would love to hear how you spent your holiday weekend.


  1. Oh yeah, I remember camping in the backyard more than once. It was always an adventure...

  2. we never really camped but I remember living in large cardboard boxes that appliances came in