by Phyllis Patterson
These are the notes from Phyllis’s talk last MOPS meeting.
We would love to hear your comments on great vacation ideas and tips from your family!
Phyllis organized her trips into 3 categories:
- time with a “favorite”
- time with friends
- time with family-she color-coded everything
accordingly…spouse-red for love, friends-blue, “true blue” and
green for family- b/c their family trips were mostly outdoors:) She put
stickers on the map with each color to represent which trips she took.
She encouraged us to make a trip diary-write it down! Take pictures and write the
funny things that happen, what people said, what restaurants were there,
#1Get Away Trip (Spouses)
- experience new places
- savor time alone
They go on an anniversary trip every year on the anniversary-no present, just a
trip! (doesn’t have to be far, can spend the night in a hotel in same city)
NEVER let kids go and stay at a bed and breakfast
She encouraged us to go for an “event”-balloon festival, college football games,
etc. (ex… they took a TEXAS “European” adventure and stayed in all
Tx cities, Rome, Paris, Italy and took a pic at every city limit sign
- After a child’s wedding, parents need a honeymoon trip!
#2True Blue (friend trips)
-her first rule is to turn the clock around, if you don’t know what time it is, you
won’t be tired!!
-take a trip, even if it is just for 24 hours-you can make it to Houston, Dallas,
-scrapbook all of the activities
-milestone birthdays-get everyone together
When Phyliss’s mother in law turned 75, all the women in the family gathered for a
“retreat”-she bought a little book and sent it around ahead of time
so that everyone could write on a page and they could present it to her on the
-she also gave an example of friends who went as couples on a cruise-they could go and do
their own excursions during the day but would all get together in evening, talk
at dinner about what they did
-GUYS trip, skiing, hunting, 40th bday suprise trip, play golf-encourage them to get
-Women- book a trip with sisters, daughters in law-their moms
-go to all children’s friends weddings-make a trip out of it!
#3 Family Trips
they considered it a success if the boys were happy-gave them a say in the
Examples of trips they’ve done in the past…
-West/cowboys-research websites beforehand-find something unusual to do in town…juggling lessons,
oldest miniature golf course
*make an itinerary-where going, what day, phone #’s
remember this rule: organize clothes and lay out money, “then take 1/2 the clothes,
double the money!”
-put all dirty clothes in one suitcase for the way home, that way, just take one
into laundry room when you get home
-pack travel activities-book tapes, headlights for reading in the car in the dar,
rent an RV-each can play navigator
-go on a trip the week before school starts, “last hurrah vacation!”
-buy postcards, have children write on the back their impression of what they saw
-compose sentiments from every family member, for ex. “the Patterson Golf
Adventure”-they each wrote down their thoughts on each course, fun to
compare and look back!
Goliad-played “Capture the Flag”
-take 3 generations trips-Llano river, fish-NO media, play games
-“Thanksgiving in August” or 4th of July-fun to see all over the country how they
celebrate-from Washington DC to Ft. Davis to Wyoming, to Lake Whitney-compare
which firework show was favorite
-one trip they took, excellent example of learning about transportation, they took a
car, taxi, train, airplane
-saw a Gettysburg re-ennactment
Please tell us your tips on traveling with your families and great places you would recommend!