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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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March 29 2015
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DoubleTree by Hilton Phoenix-Tempe | kids travel, kids activities
DoubleTree by Hilton Phoenix-Tempe
2100 S. Priest Dr. ,
Tempe, Arizona
"Great Place for Spring Training"
Double Tree by Hilton Phoenix/Tempe

My family and I traveled this recently to Tempe, AZ to see the Angel’s Spring Training. We needed to have a place to stay that was centrally located to the fields, not too far from the good eateries of this college town, and definitely with a pool to let the kids cool down after a full day of baseball. The DoubleTree by Hilton Phoinex-Tempe filled all of our needs and then some.

Things We Liked:

#1 Customer Service. Customer Service is number one most important here. Their motto is “We can make it right,” so I never feared that there would be things that couldn’t be changed if my satisfaction wasn’t complete. Everyone from the front desk who greeted me after a long drive to AZ with a smile and warm cookies to the housekeeping and maintenance saying “hello” when we passed by, this hotel’s customer service was warm and friendly.

#2 The Extras. As I stated, we were on the road for five hours, so it was a small but needed gesture when the front desk handed us some extra water bottles to hydrate when we arrived. The pool staff was friendly and ready to serve us poolside when we arrived to relax, which was an added bonus.

#3 Kid-friendly. When I saw the hotel was also a “conference center,” I thought my kids laughing (loudly) in the pool might annoy the accompanying business people after a long day. But the pool was full of families! An added bonus was the layout of the pool and hot tub being separated by fences; so if adults really did want to get away, they could seclude themselves in the hot tub away from the football-throwing families in the pool.

#4 Location. We were close to the freeway to get to the fields and downtown Tempe, but not so close that we heard road noise. The hotel is about a mile from the Tempe Diablo Stadium and maybe a few miles from downtown.

#5 Cleanliness. This is a big one for me, as my kids don’t ever seem bothered to lay on hotel floors, so to see that the room was cleaned well, made me not so bossy to order them to get back on the beds.

Things I Didn’t Like As Much:

#1 No lanai/patio/balcony/outside space off the room. This is a big one for me as well since my husband and kids go to bed at 8pm and that leaves me staring at the walls for another two hours before I am ready to go to sleep. When there’s a balcony, I can sit outside and read without disturbing their sleep. We had a view of the pool (the hotel u-shapes around the pool courtyard), but no walk out.

#2 Although I am thankful for the efficient A/C unit that cooled our room during the hot 90 degree days we were there, the unit itself was quite loud and would wake me up each time it turned on. But perhaps this is a usual occurrence with hotels in hot locations, and since I don’t usually vacation in the desert, perhaps this really is no big deal.

#3 Since we have left, I've seen people say that they have the "best continental breakfast," but we were never offered that and it would have mightily helped in savings by not having to eat out 3 meals a day.

#4 Although our room had a tiny fridge to house our leftovers, a microwave to warm them up later would have been ideal in the room.

The DoubleTree helped make our Spring Training stay enjoyable with its prime location to the fields and friendly staff. If this is to become a yearly, family trip, we will be returning to the DoubleTree.
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March 22 2015
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Tempe Town Lake | kids travel, kids activities
Tempe Town Lake
620 N. Mill Ave.,
Arizona 85281
"Tempe Boat Rentals"
While my husband and daughter were enjoying a game at spring training, my son and I snuck off to Tempe Town Lake to explore. What a pleasant surprise to find at the end of Mill Street a stretch of water with things to do bordering all along it. We arrived on a day when a St. Patrick's Day Concert was being set up for the evening, so instead of parking at Tempe Beach parking lot, we drove a little farther and parked at the Tempe Center for the Arts. We enjoyed looking around this grand building and made note of the many musical acts that were coming to the center.

We strolled down to Tempe Boat Rentals and chose a pedal boat; a perfect vessel for myself and my 7-year-old to captain. Other choices were SUP boards, pontoons, kayaks, and row boats. A life preserver was given to my son to wear, and we popped up the convenient (and very much needed) shade provider and pedaled away.

On the lake, we pedaled under several bridges and from our vantage point we could see the volleyball courts, park grounds, and other fun activities that line the lake.

Boats are available for a one hour minimum rental, are available daily, and reservations can be made on-line. A credit card and ID will be needed to rent one of the boating options. More info is available on

I was an invited guest of Tempe Boat Rentals, but I would definitely go back to enjoy a leisure afternoon on the water. The view we had from our pedal boat was a nice introduction to the town of Tempe.
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March 22 2015
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General Patton Memorial Museum | kids travel, kids activities
General Patton Memorial Museum
2 Chiriaco Road,
Chiriaco Summit,
California 92201
"Worth the Stop"
Blink and you'll miss it, but that would be a shame. This museum looks like a gas stop from the freeway, but those in the know, should purpose to spend some time here, learning about Patton, our military, and what combat training used to look like.
Active duty can enter for free, and children are just a $1 to gain entrance (all other adults are $5). The museum itself holds memorabilia such a war propaganda posters, uniforms from WW2, and "sweetheart pillows" that servicemen would send to their loved ones back home. They have added info on our more recent wars as well in little sections, but the majority of info and artifacts pertain to WW2.
Outside, greeting visitors as they walk in is a giant statue of Patton and his dog Willie. In the side yard are tanks, jeeps, and other training vehicles that your kids can (not climb) but get up and personal with to see the workings-on of this massive machines.
There are also a few memorabilia walls in the front of the museum, where people can purchase bricks or names on plaques that bear the name of service members from the past. A recent addition is the wall of "Defenders of Freedom." Here, for $15 a name, military, firefighters, police officers, etc. can have their names included as an honor for their service.
When my family and I were driving to AZ from CA for spring training, I planned ahead and had my husband (who is retiring from the USAF after 20 years of service), honored by surprising him with his name on the wall as we looked around at the museum. I couldn't think of a better retirement gift than that!
For military history buffs and those who just enjoy perusing times past, this museum is worth the stop.
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March 14 2015
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Eureka! Gourmet Burgers and Craft Beers
345 W. Pearl Ave, Suite 130,
California 92374
"Good Grub & Great Beer"
This is my favorite place to eat in Redlands. My husband and I argue about whether it's "kid-friendly" or not. I say it is (they have a kid's menu for goodness sakes), and he says it's too much of a bar atmosphere. So to compromise, we eat at the tables outside (with misters when it's too hot), and our family of four enjoy good food and great beer.

The kid's menu comes with crayons and keeps the kids entertained. The good on their menu includes baby corndogs and mac and cheese. My daughter loved that her needles came with a side of watermelon and avocado (her two faves!).

For the adults, my husband LOVES their hamburger, but since I don't eat red meat, I go for the fig marmelade burger (with goat cheese) and replace the meat with their fabulous beet burger. This veggie option is unlike any veggie burger around. Because it's made of beets, it's moist and has a consistency of an actual burger.

Eureka Burger is known for getting some rare beers on tap. Notably, Russian River's Plney the Elder can be found sporadically, and when it is, come fast because it goes quickly.

When in the cute So Cal town of Redlands, be sure to stop in to Eureka!
February 16 2015
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Fletcher Cove Beach Park | kids travel, kids activities
Fletcher Cove Beach Park
111 South Sierra Avenue,
Solana Beach,
"Worth the View!"
After a late lunch around the corner at the original Pizza Port, we stumbled upon this park and played until the sun began to set. This view is stunning! You will not mind that your child wants to go up and down and up and down the slide, when the view is so breath taking! There are plenty of clean bathrooms, a place to shower off those sandy toes, and beach access.
The park is the typical slide/swings set up and there is a basketball court and grassy area as well for the older kids. The community center of Solano Beach is perched above the park and offers the beautiful views as well.
While in Solano Beach, I highly recommend making a stop here to rest and enjoy the beauty that So Cal has to offer.