Family, Food, Travel, Uncategorized

Quad Cities Iowa and Illinois

As the kids get older more of our summer vacations are spent apart, having our own adventures, with us eventually coming together again. This summer I counted 18 days that we spent all together as a family between school letting out and starting again, with the majority of those being the week before school started.… Continue reading Quad Cities Iowa and Illinois

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Hiking, Museums, national parks, outdoors, photography, Travel, Uncategorized

Petrified Forest National Park

It's probably difficult to imagine, but hundreds of millions of years ago, Arizona was a tropical rainforest, rich in greenery and trees.  Over time, the geology of the earth shifted and changed, eventually becoming the Arizona we know today. Over the course of that time, stream and river deposits formed the Chinle Formation in what… Continue reading Petrified Forest National Park

Camping, Hiking, Kids, Museums, outdoors, photography, Travel, Uncategorized

El Malpais National Monument

After a quick four days in New Mexico, it was time to begin the second portion of our Spring Break 2K18 roadtrip.  We loaded up and headed west for Flagstaff, AZ, where we would spend two days before heading back to the LA area.  We headed out right after breakfast with the intention of stopping… Continue reading El Malpais National Monument

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Beachy vibes: San Clemente, California

  Greetings! It has been a while since my last post. Much has happened between then and now, including my parents-in-law moving to their 'new' home in San Clemente. It is a place our family frequented in past years, as the house belonged to the husband's grandmother. Nevertheless, the change is bittersweet. Our family has … Continue reading Beachy vibes: San Clemente, California

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Saving money Saturdays: the Citadel Outlets

Happy Tuesday! I know it's not Saturday, but we took a trip to the Outlets on Saturday, so that counts. Sort of. Take a trip south on the Interstate 5 from Los Angeles, and you'll see a set of peach-colored buildings with Babylonian-style architecture.  This is where you want to stop. The Citadel buildings have… Continue reading Saving money Saturdays: the Citadel Outlets