Every year my family would go on vacation. Mom and dad would sit us down and ask us what we’d like to do and we were allowed to give our input. I think Corey was only eight or nine the year that we decided to go up through Canada. We decided what Providences we would visit, what sites we would see and the route we would travel.
I think we hit Seattle, Washington the second day and Corey had added seeing the Space Needle to our agenda. Corey had obviously researched it out. Apparently he had a map in his head and kept on saying: “We need to do this.” “We need to do that.”
None of us had ever been there before and didn’t know what to expect – but Corey was determined and it was because of him that we were able to explore the shadow room, and the echoed phone, and the pulley and a bunch of cool stuff that we would have not even known was there – but Corey was well read. He became our tour guide. I was always impressed by his skills of having never even been there before and because of his young age.
In British Columbia we saw the Butchart Gardens, Vancouver Zoo and Nitobe Memorial Garden to name a few. I remember being highly entertained by the penguins at the zoo and being at Nitobe right after it rained. The several inches of water covered the garden so perfectly. We would not have known that it wasn’t part of the garden if our hostess hadn’t told us that it wasn’t.
By the time we got to Alberta, Canada was celebrating its Independence Day and whatever we had planned that day fell through due to closure - I think we reached the states a day ahead as we had left Canada early. We did not get to see Alberta Temple, but we did make it to Idaho Falls – not inside though. Unless mom and dad went and Patrick and I watched Corey and Kayla. I can't remember.
There was one year when my family decided that we would just stay home and see the sites in Utah. We went to the Alpine Slide in Park City. Lagoon Amusement Park, Rice Stadium for really cool fireworks. What awesome fun. What great memories!
I love that mom and dad always included us and helped us to explore (research) on our own and made us feel a part of it from the beginning. And not just with vacations. We were able to contribute to family conversations and have meaningful discussions if we chose to.