A November to Remember

November 21 – Cherished Memories #16

That time the WHOLE family went to Disneyland and Knotts Berry Farm.

By whole family I mean my mom and dad and sisters and their husbands and their kids.  There were 12 of us total.  We called ourselves a convention.  I’m really sad because as I was going through my old photos to get some copies for this blog I realized that the envelope I had the pictures in got wet and so some of them are damaged.  In addition, they aren’t very good ones to begin with.  My dad took them and since this was about 41 or 42 years ago, the cameras weren’t that great.  I guess that is even more reason to include it here so I can preserve it.

Here we are all piling our suitcases in to the cars to drive to the airport.  In those days it didn’t cost as much to park overnight.

We were definitely making an adventure out of this trip.  It was the first overnight trip we had all gone on together.
My sister waving on the moving runway at the airport.
My other sister, waving (or hiding her face because we were taking too many pictures) as we visited from hotel room to hotel room.  
First stop of course was Disneyland.  All the grandkids got to stand with Mickey.  I think I have a picture with my dad in there also but I couldn’t find it right now.  He was just a big kid too.  
Then we went to Knotts Berry Farm.  A couple of Indians and an old time miner were on hand.

We had to wait to get a table at the restaurant because there were so many of us.
It was worth it.  They have great chicken and even better boysenberry pie!  We all had a great time, but it was the last time we all went away together.  My dad, oldest sister and brother-in-law have passed away and the grandkids are all grown with families of their own, but I think this is one cherished memory we all share!
How about you?  Ever been on big family vacation?  Love to hear about it!.


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9 Responses to A November to Remember

  1. Janet Miles says:

    Thanks, Nicola. I am really having a good time with this 30 days of cherished memories!


  2. Janet Miles says:

    Thanks, Ally! I really have to get all these pictures in scrapbooks and tell the story on paper. Thanks for stopping by!


  3. Janet Miles says:

    Yes, Arlee, it was MUCh less expensive back then and the crowds were more manageable. I think we went during the week as well, which made it less busy. Have a great time with your family, whatever you do.


  4. Janet Miles says:

    Glad you liked them. I wasn't sure if you would remember it!


  5. Nicola says:

    What great memories to keep close to your heart. Thank you for sharing.


  6. Ally Bean says:

    These photos are a hoot. Just perfect, in fact. Such a large family to corral together to go on a vacay. What fun memory.


  7. Sweet memories Janet! I love those old photos. It's a shame though that the quality of those old pictures aren't like the quality of today's digital pictures…but there is something special about them just the way they are. You've given me incentive to go through my old pictures. I have TONS. I need to weed through them and separate out the special ones.
    Thanks for sharing your family vacation with us!

    Michele at Angels Bark


  8. Arlee Bird says:

    Took a small vacation to Disney World back in 1982, but never a big family vacation. My kids and grandchildren will be coming to visit me here in L.A. this Christmas and they were thinking about a day at Disneyland. Looking at the cost though the visit would be well over $1000 for all of us. Not sure if we'll follow through on that or not now especially considering that the Christmas season is one of the busiest of the year. Not a fan of long waits for attractions and big crowds made more difficult when we've got small children and a baby in tow.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out


  9. Joe Bruno says:

    Very cool Auntie is there a way you can send me these pictures via e-mail would love to add them to the pictures we have on our computer at home. My home e-mail is JVBIII@COMCAST.NET


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