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Yesterday Dean’s parents flew in from Edmonton to a very happy reception from Ethan and Audra.  Indeed, I feel a little like an excited kid, too, as I anticipate a week of family time and fun.

As we looked through ideas of what to do, the joy of the planning exceeded the actual activities and outings on the docket – it was much more about knowing that our kids were about to have memories that will last a lifetime.

I remember all kinds of trips, events, and activities that I did at that age –  like our first trip to Ontario: waterskiing for the first time in the Muskoka’s, going to Canada’s Wonderland (my first roller coaster!), and seeing Niagara Falls for the first time – complete with the Maid of the Mist and its funky blue rain-ponchos.  It awakened many of those memories this past summer when we spent a few days as a family enjoying many of those same attractions – not only because of the fun we had, but because of knowing that our kids, too, would have great memories of it.

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And so, here we find ourselves, at the start of another March Break, planning another trip to Niagara Falls.  But this time, it will involve their wonderful grandparents.  Considering the distance and time between visits (I’m still waiting for someone to design a transporter…!) the idea that these memories will include Grandma and Grandpa makes it all-the-more exciting and special.

As for what’s on tap?  A few days at the Hilton in Niagara Falls – complete with a 3-story water slide, some nature-appreciation likely at the Butterfly Conservatory and the Bird Aviary, some touristy loved-by-kids/endured-by-parents stuff like the midway, rides and activities, and some adventures at some of the attractions like Ripley’s Believe it or Not, or whatever bright and shiny signs pull us (the kids) in.

I guess I feel a little like a kid myself – excitedly anticipating fun and adventure… and memories to last a lifetime.

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