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About Me & My Family

My verb is "to document." I have fabulous friends...my girl friends have kept me sane and laughing. I was a reckless traveller through my 20's but I sure had fun. I haven't left the country since I got married 10 years ago but I'm working on it. I have a 7 year old daughter who I've promised to take to Paris when she turns 16 and we talk about it all the time. My son is 4 and I havent decided where to take him when he turns 16. My husband has the best dry wit and we are a military family.
Our Family's Travel Personality
adventurous, curious, relaxed, energetic, spontaneous, easy_going, artsy, social_butterfly
We Just Got Back From
The Oregon Coast
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
Kailua, Hawaii
A Place We'd Love To Visit
Israel
Favorite Vacation Memory
Hiking as a family up Diamond Head two years ago is one of my many favorite memories. I had my 2 1/2 year old on my back, my 5 1/2 year old doing it on her own in her ruby slippers and my non-hiking husband along with us. When we reached the top, we overlooked Waikiki and shared a moment of excitement and pride that we all did it together.
Worst Travel Moment With My Kids:
When my daughter was 4, we spent a week on the Panhandle coast of Florida at a white sand beach. One afternoon as we were exploring, my daughter thought she was picking up a beautiful blue ribbon but instead was stung by the tail of a man of war. We had her soak her hand in warm salt water and there were a few tears, but she was a trooper and today she loves to tell everyone that she was stung by a jelly fish.
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June 17 2015
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Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield | kids travel, kids activities
Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield
900 Kennesaw Mountain Dr.,
Kennesaw,
Georgia 30152
"Must Do for our Civil War Buff"
We had just visited Charleston's Fort Sumter where "the civil war began," so as we made our way to Atlanta, we HAD to stop at Kennesaw Mountain where the civil war spiraled to an end. The visitor's center and museum is FREE as is the award winning film they offer. The film is great, but it is graphic. Yes, my son is 7 and was ok but he's been studying this stuff; other kids may be more sensitive to the material. But man, I learned A LOT. The museum is well laid out and also informative.
After the 30 minute film, we drove up Big Kennesaw Mountain (due to time). PLEASE DO NOT walk the road up-take the trail. There are no sides to the road and when cars come up, theres no place for pedestrians. On weekends, shuttles take tourists up and cars are not allowed. The view of Atlanta is beautiful, even if the day we saw it, it was a bit over cast.
We then drove over to Cheatham Hill where the Illinois Monument is perched on "Dead Angle." This is where the South made earth works (that you can still see) and waited behind them as the North charged up the hill in attack. To stand on the battlefield is quite unsettling but awe-inspiring at the same time. History did come alive that day not just for my son, but for myself as well.
 
 
June 17 2015
2 families found this helpful
Fort Sumter National Monument | kids travel, kids activities
Fort Sumter National Monument
Fort Sumter National Monument,
Charleston,
South Carolina
"For my Civil War Buff"
This where the Civil War began (the first shot fired), and for my 7-year-old civil war buff, that is HUGE to see. After buying tickets for the ferry, we got our Jr. Ranger's booklet to fill out to keep my sons attention.
The island itself is quite small but our ranger was thorough in her history and promised the kids that if they sat through her talk, she would have something for them. They were rewarded with trading cards that every national park that focuses on civil war or civil rights, offers. They were also encouraged to think of questions as they walked around the fort to earn three more cards.
The views from the fort are beautiful and the signs describing the events that occurred there (such as one group of soldiers actually trying to climb up the side of the fort to take it), are very engaging.
We didn't have time to go into the museum or bookstore as the time on the fort is only an hour and my kids spent it asking questions. (Thats a good thing!)
This was a good activity for our time in Charleston and our four kids (ranging from 5 to 12) all enjoyed it.
 
 
June 17 2015
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The Pirate's House | kids travel, kids activities
The Pirate's House
20 East Broad St.,
Savannah,
Georgia 31401
"Go for the history"
I would say go here for the history, not necessarily the food. Every kid friendly article I read on Savannah suggested eating here. The building is so cool being the oldest home in Georgia (so says the sign). There's also caves that lead to the ocean that as stories go, passed out patrons of the bar would find themselves brought down through the caves onto ships and out to sea.
A "live" pirate roams around the restaurant and startled my son a couple of times (him thinking it was a mannequin).The atmosphere is fun and if you have a pirate-loving kid, this is a must do.
But Im a food snob and this place didn't quite do it for me. I got the crab melt and it didn't have a very distinctive taste. The kids menu was good enough and the menu itself turned into a pirates hat and mustache, so that kept the kids entertained. But after walking most of the city, the margarita here hit the spot and I was able to sit back and enjoy the Pirate House.
 
 
June 17 2015
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Historic River Street | kids travel, kids activities
Historic River Street
River St.,
Savannah,
Georgia
"Love, Savannah"
On our first trip to Savannah, we walked from the city market down to River Street. (Well, we actually walked the entire historical part of the city, but this is the part I'm focusing on.) My favorite part was the steps down to the street. Yes, they are steep and it's a bit wobbly, but what a great way to enter the water front.
As for the street itself, it was touristy and I didn't buy anything, but my sister pointed out a few good places to eat. My kids and I enjoyed the monuments and statues lining the water way and when we popped up at the end of the street, we were right at the Pirate House where we planned to have lunch. Great afternoon stroll.
 
 
March 29 2015
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Tempe Diablo Stadium | kids travel, kids activities
Tempe Diablo Stadium
2200 W Alameda Dr,
Tempe,
Arizona
"Up Close and Personal"
If you love your Angels baseball, and you want to get as close to them as possible, Tempe Diablo Stadium is the place to go during Spring Training. The tickets are not cheap, and there is not much shade to be had, but the chance to say hello to your favorite ballplayer is pretty much priceless.

The stadium itself is well kept and has a few options for food and the local brewery-4 Peaks- is on draft here. As I stated before, shade is limited during the day games and we baked in our bench seats, but we were able to stand at the top of the stadium and look down at the field in the shade when it wasn't too crowded. The staff is friendly and helpful. I left my phone on a table and within minutes lost and found helped me recover it. The guys on the field keeping fans off helped distribute balls to the kids and were in good spirits.

Our seats were on the first base line, where the players enter and leave for the locker room. This was the perfect place for my daughter to hang off the side and ask for autographs (she acquired at least 10!). She has learned how to not let the adult "fans" elbow her out of position and this 10-year-old knows that a new ball and a Sharpie is all you need during Spring Training.

There is also a lawn area where lucky fans can snag a home run ball (and if Mike Trout is up, your chances soar). The lawn area is cheaper and people stretched out on blankets looked appealing, but being able to listen to the outfielders conversations were worth where we sat.

My kids enjoyed their time at Tempe Diablo, but next time I think I'd wait for an evening game to be a little bit cooler.
 
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