Tap, Tap, Tap, Tap darn I need to put that pencil down. I can’t think of a single thing my mind is filled with dreams. I have to finish my packing list or empty the laundry that has cascaded down the basket. I again pick up my pencil only to start tapping it on my lips. Grr? Why, can’t I concentrate? Focus I tell myself. Who could focus on work when you know in just a few days you will leave for what could be the best trip of your life?
Donegal is the coolest place on the planet according to National Geographic Travellers ‘The Cool List 2017’. It was also voted ‘Ireland’s Hidden Gem’ by Independent Travel readers. It is no wonder I can’t get anything done on my list other than googling things to do in Northern Ireland. It seems the more I try to stay on task the quicker my hands move over the keys. I type things like where to sleep in Donegal?
What are the best hotels in Donegal?
Then I type what are the best restaurants in Ireland?
I practice saying it Donegal DUN-i-gawl in my best Irish voice which is hardly something I would use if I was trying to make friends. I was so excited to travel to Donegal so I put my pencil away since clearly it was impeding my list creation capabilities and I began to type.
I have three children. The one thing they all have in common is how much they enjoy spending time with us. I know I am going to capitalize on that for as long as possible. We try each weekend to spend most of the day enjoying one another. We go to the pool on Saturday, and we play basketball on Sunday depending on the weather. We have a blast laughing and trying to score the perfect basket. These days with my kids get older I find myself looking for activities that they can all enjoy. I know have two kids that play basketball on teams, and we love to encourage their passion.
We find that keeping your children active and finding something they enjoy is the key to success. We love to find activities that encourage teamwork and hard work. I was over the moon when I saw that the Harlem Globetrotters were coming to my town.
The reason is simple I went to a show when I was a little girl. I can’t tell you when but I do remember the time I spent with my dad and how awesome the experience was. I know all I said the whole time was “WOW! Did you see that?”
I know that family-friendly activities are an important component in developing a deep understanding of who our children are. It helps us get to know them and be able to meet their needs so they can be successful. I am also very selfish, and I want to spend as much time as I can with them. I know that the Harlem Globetrotters are a slam dunk in my heart and soon will be in my children’s.
The show was jam-packed full of funny antics, jokes, and basketball skills that I can only dream of completing. The Harlem Globetrotters did their best to get everyone involved in their show. You aren’t just there to watch, but you are encouraged to become a player.Continue reading
Dating your kids is so very important. Whether you have a picnic, dinner and a movie or take them some place special, you need to date your kids! I love that each year my dad still takes me out to lunch for my birthday! That has been a tradition since I was two years old. Now I have kids of my own, and I do the same thing to them! Recently, I took my kids with my mom for an extra special date! We went to the Great Wolf Lodge for a Howl-O-Ween experience! We had such great time at the Monster Bash Dance Parties, Trick-or-Treat trail, Spooktacular Story Time and Costume Parade. And that isn’t even including all the fun we had at the park and other fun activities they normally have!Continue reading
In my quest to spend more time making memories with my children than working more for money for a vacation. I am traveling to smaller towns that offer exceptional experiences for pennies on a dollar. We are diligently living on our 40,000 budget so we are doing Budget Travel: Family Vacation Travel on a Budget. I was invited to tour Mount Airy North Carolina “Mayberry” as part of a conference called Travel Media Showcase. I decided to share what I know.
The first thing I can tell you is to relax. That is what Mount Airy is about. It is about the people and their love of their community. There wasn’t anyone who wasn’t friendly, helpful, or kind. We met the people who made the town, who had grown up there all their lives and who weren’t changed. Mount Airy like any town has a history of its own. It features things to do for the young to the old. It has travel destinations worthy of its large neighbors, but they don’t have the heart of Mayberry.Continue reading
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The morning was damp, and I pulled on my worn red bathrobe. I opened my back door and almost lost my balance as my puppy jumped down the stairs and rushed into the backyard. I pulled my arms across my chest and took a deep breath. The country air breathes life into me.
I heard a strange noise. I didn’t recognize it at first. Then I went through the database of everything it could be, and I realized it was a cow welcoming the sun. I couldn’t believe I live in a place that is so quiet that I could hear a cow that lives miles away. I live in a gated neighborhood. The gate is more to protect the lake than it is to safeguard the people from one another.Continue reading
Do you need a family vacation? Who doesn’t? If you don’t take one soon will your insanity build until it topples in heaps? Were you thinking gosh I need a vacation as you were cleaning dishes for the 90th time today? You were wondering who dropped all these dishes off and when your dishwasher relief was coming in for the second shift?
You waited for them as the dishes piled up once more. You came to the conclusion you were first shift, second, shift, third shift, and the last shift. You are in fact an expert at dry food removal, so this skill and making hairballs should afford you a page in the Guinness Book of World Records but not a home on millionaire’s row.Continue reading