Most of you who know me know that my dad is a pastor (and has been since 1974 when he was graduated- but for much longer in his heart). Growing up in a pastor's home is never easy- there are lots of eyes (and I mean LOTS of eyes) watching you and just waiting for you to "mess up". Thankfully I didn't have too many of those mess ups and neither did my sister. My parents (who have been married 37 years TODAY- Wednesday) worked hard on their marriage and as time went by realized just how important it was to make family a priority. Part of that was our vacation time. I honestly cannot remember a summer that we didn't take some type of family vacation- most of them were to visit family in Pennsylvania but we always took time to travel. I remember when I was about 6- we went to PA to visit my grandmother and after a couple of days we traveled on to Storybook Forest Village where we spent the day among my favorite book characters (encouraging my LOVE of reading). When I was in 5th grade we traveled to Hershey, PA and Gettysburg (quite possibly one of my FAVORITE family vacations). I LOVED anything to do with the Civil War and still love to look at the pics of that vacation because it helps me remember fun times. When I got older I began rooting for the Atlanta Braves (just because I could- and I still like them). This is when they were horrible so I am not a fairweather fan. My dad (and the rest of the fam) are Pirates fans (which is what happens when you grow up in Pittsburgh) so we would plan our vacations around the Pirates/Braves games. Our last family vacation that we took was the summer after my senior year in high school. We took a 2 week trip out west. This was in 1993- so we drove the storms that started the Mississippi flooding (tornadoes all around us). We went to Denver, up through Utah, Oregon, and into Washington where we stayed with friends. Then drove back through Idaho, the Dakotas, and then into Iowa where we went to the Field of Dreams movie site.
As you can see I have lots of fond summer memories- and the one thing that goes along with all of that traveling came from my mouth (and my sister's) A LOT (c'mon say it with me) "Are we there yet?" I decided to create a children's travel survival kit. I included a bookmark (because I read A LOT), a journal because I played the license plate game a lot or even to write notes to go back and scrapbook later, and the "tag" to explain it all. And then a pic of all three together. Thanks for sticking with me for this LONG post! I thoroughly enjoyed reliving it all!
Stamps- Gina K- The Journey, Oh Boy
Ink- black, copic markers
Paper- Turquoise Seas, white
Stamps- Gina K- Are We There Yet, Back to School
Ink- Black, copic markers
Paper- Turquoise Seas, Wild Dandelion, White, BG Urban Prairie
Accessories- SU punch, Nestabilities
Stamps- Back to School, Are We There Yet (gina k)
Ink- Copic markers, black, pumpkin pie marker
Paper- white, Turquoise Seas
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