Our five year old has been to Hawaii and Disneyland three times. That’s more than half the years she’s been alive. Ditto with her sister who is three and has been to Hawaii and Disneyland twice.
My husband has a knack for telling stories. He has the most soothing voice, and is quite skilled at weaving an interesting tale. I’m the go-to gal for reading story books with silly voices. My husband is the one the girls call-on for an off-the-cuff made up story… that’s sure to feature themselves on some daring adventure.
Due to his marvelous talent, he tells the stories of our vacations. It helps that he has a photographic memory, just like our oldest who is five. Due to his constant telling/retelling of our actions – the girls remember, in detail what rides we went to at Disneyland, who they rode with… every step of the way. They also remember the food and the beach and the fun they had in the islands of Hawaii. They love it when he pauses to ask what happens next, and they always know the answer… even when I have forgotten.
I’ve discovered that my girls love nothing more than listening to a story that includes the members of our family. They don’t get bored. They can’t get enough. And… those memorable family vacations stay present in their minds.