Family Time Is So Important: Win a 7-Day Diamond Resorts Family Vacation!

by Dagmar Bleasdale on May 23, 2014 is giving away a 7-day vacation for a family of four at a Diamond Resorts International® property!

Have you ever taken a vacation that became important after the fact?

Family vacations are important, period. My father and mother always worked hard to be able to go on two family vacations a year — one to takes us kids skiing (Italy) and one to have fun at the beach (Tunesia) — and I remember those times with my Mom and Dad and brother fondly.

My dad was a bit of a workaholic — he worked a lot at home after he came home from his job as an architect — and on those family vacations we had him all to ourselves.

One family vacation that turned out to be one of the most important ones was the trip Landon and I took to Germany three years ago. We’d always go so that we’d be there for my father’s birthday in the summer.

In those two weeks, we had a wonderful time with him and my mom, my brother, aunt, cousin, my girlfriends and their kids.

It was his 85th birthday, and we all celebrated in style with a big party.

A man of few words, you could tell how much he loved having his only grandson around, even through he couldn’t talk to L because he didn’t speak English.

I took a lot of picture and a few videos during this vacation. This video is so typical of my Dad: he didn’t say a word but he made us all laugh:

This was when we said good-bye before we flew back to New York. You can tell how much Opa just wanted to hold on to L.

I’m so glad I have this picture but it also makes me so sad because it’s the last picture I have of my Dad. Exactly a month after his birthday, I received a call from my brother that my father had passed away unexpectedly, from a heart condition.

I will be forever grateful that I had this special time with him.

And I will always cherish family vacations. I know it’s hard to find the time, but it’s so worth it.

In the last couple of months, Don, Landon, and I have taken trips to The Thayer Hotel at West Point, Mystic, and Rhinebeck. It has shown us how even one night away can relax and reconnect us as a family, and it’s such a gift to show your children different places and to expose them to traveling.

Want to win a dream family vacation? Who wouldn’t, right?! I’m so excited to share this with you: is giving away a 7-day vacation for a family of four at a Diamond Resorts International® property!

Choose between Florida, Cabos, Las Vegas or Hawaii. The four Diamond Resorts hotel options are:

  • Orlando Grand Beach
  • Vegas Polo Towers
  • Hawaii Ka’anapali Beach Club
  • Los Cabos Cabo Azul

{Sweepstakes runs between May 21 and June 9. Does not include transportation.}

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

ConnieFoggles - Connie May 28, 2014 at 11:19 PM

Oh my goodness, that made me tear up. You have a lovely family and that trip sounds like it was very special.


Dagmar Bleasdale May 30, 2014 at 1:02 AM

Aw, thank you for coming by and for your comment, Connie!


Carissa May 23, 2014 at 3:08 PM

What a sweet story… ! How sad indeed, but wow that you got that one last time with your dad is amazing. :)


Dagmar Bleasdale May 23, 2014 at 8:56 PM

Thanks, Carissa, for your comment. I’m so glad we got that time with him.


Chris Bird May 23, 2014 at 2:09 PM

I am so glad you have this final memory of your Dad captured on film and video, Dagmar. Your son’s laughter is so precious in this video and I imagine your Dad carried it with him to his last moments. What a blessing for your son to be able to look back at your pictures and video of his Grandfather and remember his time with him – so joyous! Thank you for sharing this special vacation memory with us!


Dagmar Bleasdale May 23, 2014 at 8:51 PM

Hi Chris, thanks for your sweet comment. It’s really is a blessing that I took all those pictures of my dad on that vacation. I just wish Landon and my Dad would have had each other many more years.


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