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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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January 08 2017
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Unicoi State Park and Lodge | kids travel, kids activities
Unicoi State Park and Lodge
1788 Highway 356,
Helen,
Georgia
"Such a Great State Park"
I could only dream that California would one day put as much work and care into their state parks as Georgia does. And Unicoi State Park is one of the best! It surrounds a lovely lake, has easily accessible and doable hikes for kids and adults, various ways to spend the night (from tent camping to lodging and cool things in-between), and all in all is a peaceful getaway with the nearby German town of Helen.

The lodge is clean and sufficient. When we were there the hot water was nonexistent but I doubt that is frequent. Outside our room was a fireplace and sitting area we used to wind down each night. Also at the lodge is a chance to zipline, that my sister and her son took advantage of.
The camping sites are well maintained and plenty big for tents and enough room for trailers. Newly added decks with tables is a great addition. The bathrooms are clean and WARM. The visitor's center has an outdoor play structure and an outdoor fire to warm guests.
We walked the 2 mile trail around the lake as a family and enjoyed some wood trails as well.
I would have loved to look into the barrel cabins (a unique style lodging) but they had all been reserved.
All in all, Unicoi State Park is a not miss when in Georgia!
 
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January 08 2017
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Atlanta History Center | kids travel, kids activities
Atlanta History Center
130 West Paces Ferry Road,
Atlanta,
Georgia
"My favorite place in Atlanta so far..."
Yep, you read that right-this is my favorite place in Atlanta so far. I had no expectations and just enjoyed every bit of it. The all about Atlanta history section is well curated and the interactive story board and "tell your own Atlanta story" booth are great touches. My son thoroughly enjoyed the Civil War Exhibit. Being from California we don't get much of that history and this one made the war come alive. He got to lift a musket and go into a trench and really see what it would have been like during that time.
We loved the Swan House and my daughter just coming off the Hunger Games series loved seeing all the location sites. The woman who played the house owner's interior decorator inside the parlor was awesome and funny and told great stories. At the farmstead there was a gentleman who told about the farmer there and it is such a nice touch to hear in "first person" what it was like in these time periods.
The Civil War cabin is worth walking to and exploring. And we finalized our time back in the center at the folk art exhibit.
We ate at the little restaurant in the center called Souper Jenny. This is so worth it!!! The food is delicious and I loved how they encouraged no cell phones and talking to a stranger as you share a table. I highly recommend ending your time at the center with a bowl of soup from here.
This Center is also a Blue Star Museum which means military gets in for free (plus an additional guest!)
 
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January 08 2017
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Margaret Mitchell House and Museum
990 Peachtree Streeet,
Atlanta,
Georgia 30309
"If you love Gone With the Wind..."
Having received free admission to this museum by purchasing tickets to the Atlanta History Center, we decided to check this out. My sister had just watched a PBS documentary on Margaret Mitchell (the author of Gone With the Wind), and talked of what a feisty woman she was, so we were all curious to see where she wrote this infamous novel.
Now my kids have never read nor watched GWTW, but I hopefully have encouraged them to be curious about writers, so there was still something in it for them. Our tour guide is a grad student and obvious fan of Margaret. He definitely brought her to life for us and helped make us see GWTW as a book that applies to more than just the south. There isn't a whole lot to this tour as her apartment was tiny, but he encouraged the kids to touch ANYTHING so they of course did. It was fun to see them try the 1930s phone, toaster, and typewriter.
Upstairs there are pictures and stories of the premiere of the movie (in Atlanta not LA), and across the grass is another building that houses the original front door in the movie and a documentary on making the movie.
I think this tour is definitely for anyone (not just fans of the book), and if you're like me, you'll leave wanting to read it.
 
 
January 08 2017
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Centennial Olympic Park | kids travel, kids activities
Centennial Olympic Park
285 International Boulevard NW,
Atlanta,
Georgia
"Looks Fun"
Centrally located between the CNN Studios, the Aquarium, and the Sky View, the Centennial Park is a good stop to walk around and stretch your feet. When we were there (January) the grass was dormant and the Olympic Ring fountain was off due to the Georgia drought (?), but it was still cool to see the monuments to different 1996 Olympic stories. This was also the time they have an outside ice rink up and the Chinese New Year celebration. (That looked worth checking out.) But we didn't have much time, so we took a brisk walk around and moved on to our next thing on the itinerary.
 
 
January 08 2017
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Inside CNN Studio Tour | kids travel, kids activities
Inside CNN Studio Tour
One CNN Center,
Atlanta,
Georgia 30303
"My Fox-loving dad even liked it"
This was definitely worth it. We were thinking about going to the Aquarium but only had two hours. My daughter mentioned she watches Kid CNN News at school so we popped in here and so glad we did.
This place was pulsing with energy and starting the tour we took the longest freestanding escalator and waited as everyone got to take silly breaking news photos that later are available for purchase.
Our tour guide was good at explaining how the monitors work, what the producers and directors do, and we even listened in on an active show. My daughter got to be the volunteer to show how the meteorologist's green screen works. And peering down at the news writers and editors got this writers blood pumping.
You should be in good walking condition for this-no strollers, and there are 8 flights of stairs. There's a food court at the base of the building so we planned our tour perfectly to sit and eat afterwards.
If my conservative, Fox News-loving dad liked this tour I think that pretty much sells it!
 
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