I am a HUGE cheerleader for two things: family dinners and family vacations. They bring a family together. Having dinner together makes you touch base once a day. Family dinner can make a family feel more like a team in many ways. A family vacation is that times 100. When you take your family out of their everyday setting and everyday distractions, you make the opportunity for everyone to look at each other and the roles we all play in a fresh and new way. Family vacations can be refreshing and relaxing, invigorating and renewing, or a down right disaster. Strangely, the disasters produce the most likely to be told and re-told again stories. Whatever you have planned or whatever ends up happening the end result will be shared experiences. These memories are the glue that bonds a family together. The stories told until you are old and gray. They bring the laughter that follows the story of being pushed into a lake or finding a bear in your camp and running like a baby. (For the record, that was NOT me.)
Family vacations, whether at a resort or at a state campground, are amazing, team building, memory making experiences that are always worth the effort and inevitable exhaustion for which you will need another week to recover from.
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