Bucket List Accomplishment – Play with Dolphins

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Thank you SeaWorld for providing our family with admission tickets! I'd like to share a story with you that happened just over 10 years ago.  Jon surprised me for an anniversary (or, Christmas?) with a 5 day cruise with Princess Cruises.  I was completely shocked and blown away by the gesture.  Immediately, we figured out it would be SO.MUCH.FUN to invite lots of friends too. Most of the crew, we had about 13 in total We invited some friends, then they invited some friends, and they invited some friends.  It was the best trip ever!  One thing I knew I had to do was go on an excursion to … [Read more...]

Visiting Snow for the First Time

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Last month, on a rather last minute decision - we packed up the kids and took a road trip to visit Reno, NV.  Yes, we could have stayed more local and seen snow in SoCal, but we have family & friends in Reno and Jon needed to meet up with some of them for a new project they're working on. Now, traveling with 3 small kids is sort of interesting.  The longest car ride they had was 4 hours to Vegas last summer. I was not about to lose my mind so we decided to split up the drive out to Reno.  Jon and I booked a hotel room just outside of Sacramento and we arrived about 11pm at night on … [Read more...]

Much Needed R&R In Solvang, CA

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Thank you Kia for loaning me this Sorento to cruise around Solvang with! During a group date night in December, the girls all decided we needed a trip away to Solvang, CA for some laughs, good food, and some time away from our kids.  (We love you kids, but we also enjoy eating a hot meal!).  We flipped through our phones, found a weekend, and saved the date.  Counting down the time was exciting and eventually we were ready for our trip!  How do I prepare for a trip? Here, let me share.... The next day we packed up the Kia Sorento SXL and ventured out.  The ladies were pretty impressed … [Read more...]

Are We Amusement Park Parents?

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We received free admission and had other expenses covered in exchange for this post.  All opinions are mine.   Living in Southern California - we're about 2 hours away from 4 major theme parks.  We've been to 3 of the 4.  After each trip, Jon and I sit around and wonder - are we amusement park parents? It's hard to know. Because of our close proximity, there are a LOT of friends that are always at one of the parks on any given day.  What we see on Facebook & Instagram share the happy moments.  No doubt - there is a lot we don't see.  After a long day in the sun, walking everywhere, kids … [Read more...]

Camping with 10 kids

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This post contains affiliate links. Just think of it as a commission for referring you to some awesome stuff! Earlier in the summer (or, it might have been spring?) some of the families we're friends with mentioned doing a group camping trip in September.  Jon and I were all for it - we've gone camping before with the kids.  Taking 3 kids (one who was crawling) was a bit more of a challenge than last time.  We had our minivan filled to the max and actually had to unpack and repack it a few times to get everything fit.  We brought both of the kids' bikes, plus food, and the most challenging … [Read more...]

Going on a Road Trip

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We will soon be  officially heading out on the longest roadtrip to date with the kids.  And yet, not to the hottest location.  Hottest to date is definitely the trip we took to Palm Springs 2 summers ago with them.  That was our first trip with 2 kids in a hotel room without any family to help.  And this trip will be the first with 3 kids and no family to help. We are  going to Las Vegas.  We will not be having the crazy shenanigans trip we had before we were married.  There will be more time spent at the pool than at the casino.  Late nights at the club will be spent inside hanging with … [Read more...]