Carpe Diem!…Make Memories While You Can.

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My Mama has always stressed that we should always make the most of the opportunities life has to offer us. Some opportunities involve very little effort in terms of financial resources while others may come with a price tag. Irrespective, we need to grab a hold of what lies in our path and make the most of it.

Carpe Diem!…Make Memories While You Can.


Looking back at my childhood, I now recognize and appreciate the efforts my Mother has taken to provide my sister and self with experiences we will never forget.

As a 3 year old, I was introduced to beautiful Europe and later traveled to Disneyland in California for some high-flying fun on my then-favorite Dumbo ride.


Me circa 1980


As we grew older, Mama introduced us to exciting new experiences that included historical visits to royal palaces in India, dune-riding in the desert and taking a behind the scenes tour at a local zoo. (I will never forget the chimp in diapers that insisted on stalking my little sister!)


Now as parents, I see Hubs and myself trying to do the same for our kids…

providing opportunities to introduce our kids to the beautiful things of life.

And this past weekend we did just that.


Carpe Diem!...Make Memories While You Can


A weekend to remember!


My daughter turned 7 a few weeks ago. To celebrate her big milestone we allowed her to choose between having a birthday party with her buddies or a family vacation with an unforgettable birthday gift.

She obviously chose the latter and I know it’s a decision she will never forget.


We chose to spend the weekend in a city my family likes loves…San Antonio.

The weekend began at the kids’ favorite hang-out (literally!) at SeaWorld Texas and that’s where my little girl received her best birthday gift to date…

an up-close interaction experience with the Beluga whales.


Watch the video to appreciate how special this was for my little girl…



Booking the interaction was not cheap but definitely worth every dollar spent.

As my Mama says, ” Money will come. Money will go. Some things just need to be experienced!


Our weekend didn’t end there.

We visited two museums and explored a beautiful corner of the Hill Country area where the kids actually saw wild deer prancing by.

I will be sharing that leg of our fun family vacation on the YesVideo blog in a few weeks time, so hop over there to read more!



Carpe Diem! Make memories with your family and loved ones, while you can.


As a YesVideo ambassador, I’m encouraging you to make an effort to create memories with your family.

Life zooms by way too fast!

Take lots of pictures, videos and preserve those memories for a lifetime.

And don’t forget to create a YesVideo DVD to safely store this all for the years to come.


If you’re on Facebook, come share your family memories on the YesVideo wall,  on Twitter using the #YesMemory hashtag or on Instagram.


Every life is a story. Share yours.



Do you have memories of something special you did with your parents as a kid? Won’t you share it with us?


**EBMR Disclaimer: As a YesVideo Ambassador, though I am being compensated for my time, the heart of this post is all me!**

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About Marina

Marina is the grateful, Texas-based, Mommy of a book-loving, 8 year old daughter, a 4 year old son who loves all things that fly and a serene 6 month old daughter. Her husband (and best friend) is her biggest support as she shares snippets from the awesome life God has blessed them with on Mommy Snippets.

What tides her through each day?...A hot cup of cardamom chai and Philippians 4:13!


  1. 1

    I hope to do the same for my son! What a great trip with wonderful memories for you and your family!
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    That is awesome! I agree that we need to make and save those memories by catching them on videos and photos! I try hard to remember to always have my phone with me so if my son ever does anything video-worthy, I’m always ready to record the moment.
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    That’s so great! Our lil guy’s favorite park is SW in Orlando. :)
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    My mom raised me and my siblings with the same outlook – family memories are priceless, and I love how nowadays we have the technology to really capture them in a way that we can revisit those moments over and over again and share it with our friends and family. What a great trip, I’m sure your little girl will never forget it!!!
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    What a wonderful birthday trip! That’s so fun that you gave her the choice and you all were able to experience it in such a fun and fantastic way! I hope she had a wonderful birthday!
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    That was a great birthday present. I am sure she will enjoy it for life.
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    how AWESOME!!! that’s why I took my daughter to Italy when she turned sweet 16 instead of a party–her choice–but so much better!!
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    We took the kids to Mexico for my daughter’s graduation present and it was some of the best money we ever spent.

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    What a wonderful trip with great memories for all!

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    What a wonderful experience! I’d love to do that!
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