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About Me & My Family

My verb is "to document." I have fabulous 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
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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168 Reviews

June 17 2015
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Historic River Street | kids travel, kids activities
Historic River Street
River St.,
"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,
"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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March 29 2015
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Oreganos Pizza Bistro | kids travel, kids activities
Oreganos Pizza Bistro
523 W University Dr.,
"Great for after the game"
Oregano's, although a chain restaurant in Arizona, never feels like one. It's homey and yummy and feels like Poppa will come strolling out of the kitchen to greet you soon. We went on St. Patrick's Day, so we knew we needed to roll in before the drinkers, and get out before the party started. With friendly, efficient wait staff we were able to do just that.

We were seated outside (my preference, as the inside is quite small) and because AZ nights are pretty much always perfect for dining alfresco. We came for the food though, not just the atmosphere.The food is GOOD here. We started with a round of wings (the kids devoured them), and then moved on to the thin crust pizza (NY-style) that my husband loves so much. The topper was a plate of their brussel sprouts. What? You may ask. Yes! If you love roasted brussel sprouts, these are a must to order.

The kid's menu is a good price at $3.99 and has the standard pizza and pasta, but drinks are free and desert is 99 cents. My daughter told me the time she came before she was given dough to play with while she waited for her meal. We weren't offered that this time, but I hope they still do that because thats a pretty cool idea.

Four Peaks Brewery (the best local beer) is on draft here, which makes it one of the best reasons to try Oreganos.
March 29 2015
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Four Peaks Brewing Company | kids travel, kids activities
Four Peaks Brewing Company
1340 East 8th Street,
Arizona 85281
"Our Return-To"
This is my husband's "must-do" whenever he is in town for Spring Training. I think at first he was a little leery to bring the kids (especially after driving by one night and there was a line out the door and down the street). But we decided on an afternoon (too late for most people's breakfast and too early for lunch), and enjoyed ourselves thoroughly. We were lucky enough to have the place to ourselves (except for the bar-I think that place is ALWAYS filled!). We chose inside since it was so hot outside, but next time I would take the patio. Its a cool outdoor space and good people watching. Inside is like a warehouse, so we had the wall open to the outside, but I kept wondering what was going on outside.

The food was great. The kid's menu had a good selection and they gave my kid's gigantic Sprites (which they are not soda drinkers so I think it made them a little loopy). I had the "beer bread" which was like a tortilla/falafel type bread and it was delish. It was crammed with veggies and I found it ironic that my first taste of vegetables on our trip was at a bar.

The beer is great here. For the longest time, they couldn't export their "Kiltlifter" beer to California, so my husband would stock up each trip and run the border back to CA with a trunk of ale.The food server was knowledgeable about her beers and was willing to give me samples when I was unsure of what to order.

Bottomline, this IS a must-do in Tempe. Just to keep it kid-friendly, I'd suggest doing this in the daytime and maybe skip it at night.
March 29 2015
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Rustler's Rooste Restaurant | kids travel, kids activities
Rustler's Rooste Restaurant
8383 South 48th Street,
Arizona 85044
"About as kid-friendly as it gets"
I would say Rustler's Rooste is about as kid-friendly as a restaurant gets. With a live steer greeting you at the door, a slide to take instead of the stairs, and video games close enough for adults to see where their kids are, but far away enough not to hear the noise, this was a good stop for us during our time in Tempe.

As stated in other reviews, the rolls and salad to start is a nice plus. The kid's menu orders are HUGE. My daughter had an entire dinner plate of mac n' cheese! I ended up not even ordering an entree (not being a beef eater there wasn't a whole lot for me), but ended up rolling out of the restaurant anyway stuffed to the gills by just eating off the other 3 family member's plates. And don't even get me started on the beer! I ordered a "large" draft thinking it was a pint and it came our in a mason jar so big that I had to hold it with BOTH hands.

The view was lovely and we got there in time to watch the sunset. And after my kids finished, it was nice to be able to send them off to the games and enjoy a little alone time with the husband.

We were not offered the cotton candy like some other reviewers have stated but I know my kids would have been thrilled. It was hard enough trying to get them to leave when they were continuously going up and down the slide. The live band was a nice touch as well.

Rustlers Rooste is the kind of restaurant I would have taken my folks when they'd come to visit me at college. I'd get a lot of food (that they would pay for), some lively fun, and a little show-off to where they were sending me. This restaurant has all that.
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