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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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August 12 2014
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Mission San Miguel Arcangel | kids travel, kids activities
Mission San Miguel Arcangel
775 Mission St,
San Miguel,
California 93451
"Encourage to Stop"
Ok, admittedly, we did not stop at this mission on our tour up the coast of California Missions. We had already hit the Santa Barbara Mission, gotten overwhelmed at the crowds of Pismo Beach, couldn't find a place to eat in SLO that was in our budget, and was just trying to make it to Monterey, when this mission suddenly came upon us. It is RIGHT off the 101 freeway and easily accessible to get on and off the freeway. This is also the mission my 4th grader did her mission model on, so it would have been awesome to see it in real life.

But alas, we didn't, but it's my biggest regret from our whole road trip. Next time Im up on that part of the 101, we WILL stop and I am writing this review to encourage anyone planning a mission tour, to allow time for this one as well.
 
 
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Mission Santa Barbara | kids travel, kids activities
Mission Santa Barbara
2201 Laguna Street,
Santa Barbara,
California
"Our Favorite Mission"
When my family turned the corner to arrive at this mission, my husband and I audibly gasped. It was so beautiful with its impressive chapel, picturesque fountain, and Santa Barbara mountains all aglow in the overcast morning light. It was a Saturday morning so we got there EARLY to avoid the crowds. And we are so glad we did-we had the place to ourselves when we arrived and by the time we left, the parking lot was completely filled.
Walking up, my husband found the aqueduct the Indians had made. We could still see some of the chalk paintings from the chalk festival so that made me want to come back when that was going on.
Admission was $5 adults/$2kids for military and $7 regular, which is higher than I expected. But it was worth it.

My daughter, having just studied the missions in 4th grade and having read the book "Island of the Blue Dolphins," was thrilled to see history come alive as this is the mission where the main character in reality came to stay. The cemetery was filled with interesting figures of history and it is noted that over 4000 Chumash Indians were buried there.

The chapel was stunning. There are beautiful statues of St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi and Jesus with Mary Magdalen. The chapel still is a working church and may be closed during mass to those not attending the service.

My husband wants me to note that the bathrooms were very clean. He finds that very important. My son's favorite part was the picture opportunity to pretend to be a Friar at the mission. My favorite part was the sense of history that had occurred there and (dare I say it) the spiritual sense I felt there.
 
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August 12 2014
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Neptune's Net | kids travel, kids activities
Neptune's Net
42505 Pacific Coast Hwy ,
Malibu,
California 90265
"Hidden Gem?"
I found our about this hidden gem of a restaurant from Sunset Magazine. When I got there, I realized almost everyone knows about it after Rachel Ray and other TV chef celebs have let the cat out of the bag. But this is one worth sharing.

Listed as a Malibu address, Neptune's Net is way north on Hwy 1, passed the bustle of the town of Malibu and it sneaks up on you after driving the gorgeous beach-lined highway. Flooded with surfers, Navy men, and Europeans, we quickly found the last table, had our kids save our spots, grabbed drinks and chips, and went up to the line to order. There are VERY specific directions on how to do this in case anyone had any questions. I hand written sign tells you to do just this, so the workers don't have to answer for the billionth time any tourist unknown. And I like that efficiency. The menu is simple and wonderful. The is fresh and can be grilled or deep fried.

There is no kid's menu. There's no substitutions. We should have had our kids split their meal (as many items are $10 to $15), but my son wanted fish and chips (HUGE!) and my non-fish-eating daughter wanted chicken strips (also huge). With my shrimp tacos (spicy/avocado thing) and my husbands fried clams and shrimp, our bill came to $70 bucks. But it's an experience, and if you can, get a seat outside and enjoy the ocean view.

Side note: The bathrooms are awful, awful, awful, so don't use this place as a pitstop if you can help it. They are port-a-potties of the worst kind and there was barely enough sink water to rinse the grossness from our hands. Be warned!
 
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August 12 2014
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San Diego Air & Space Museum | kids travel, kids activities
San Diego Air & Space Museum
2001 Pan American Plaza,
San Diego,
California 92101
"Husband and Kids Heaven"
My kids (and their dad), loved this museum. My son is a military fanatic, my husband always wanted to go to space camp, and my daughter loves learning about important women in history, so this museum had something for everyone. My kids (aged 9 and 6) enjoyed especially:
the helicopter where they got to pretend they were flying
the moon bounce where their dad filmed them on the moon
the replica of the Spirit of St. Louis
the moon rock from the Apollo Moon Mission
the plane of Amelia Airheart, her scarf, and a documentary on her
and so much more.

At the time (Im not sure it's a permanent exhibit), there was a chance to go into the Ripley's Believe It or Not for an extra price. My husband didn't think it was worth the admission price, but my kid's thoroughly disagree. They loved it all and it was like the Ripley's Books they love so much coming to life before them.
 
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August 12 2014
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Museum of Photographic Arts | kids travel, kids activities
Museum of Photographic Arts
1649 El Prado,
San Diego,
California
"Stunning!"
While my husband took my kids to the Air and Space Museum in Balboa Park, I snuck away to the MOPA (Museum of Photographic Arts). As luck would have it, the main exhibit was titled "After Ansel Adams" (my favorite photographer). The works were modern artists paying homage to the visionary Adams and I thoroughly enjoyed the exhibit. Because it was Blue Star Museum season (the season last from Memorial Day until Labor Day), I was able to enter the museum for free with my military ID.
The reason I gave this 4 stars instead of 5 is because some exhibits might not be suitable for children. As the day I was there, a wall of photos of a naked woman was on display. I'd be able to explain this art to my 9-year-old daughter, but it would have been sketchy for my 6-year-old son. I have taken both of them before during an exhibit of some of the first photos taken with a camera and they thoroughly enjoyed it. The front desk people are very helpful and can answer any questions about what exhibit is begin shown and the content they may contain.
The gift shop is very fun and for my daughter who appreciated cameras as much as I do, there were cool camera toys and great photo books.
 
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