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Camp Meeting Retreat

Camp Meeting Retreat

 When my husband first mentioned “Family Camp,” I thought he must have been mistaken. To me, camp was a place where kids go and parents rest from kids. It was a definition of camp that I liked.   When my mother-in-law suggested our family attend camp meeting, I was unsure. I liked my old idea of camp. I wanted to be able to ship my kids off and enjoy some solo time at the pool. However my kids started begging…

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Evening Fun at Universal’s City Walk 

Evening Fun at Universal’s City Walk 

A visit from out of town guests provides a great opportunity to meet up at new locales. A few weeks ago we met some old friends at Universal’s City Walk. Unlike the theme parks, admission to City Walk is free, as is parking after 6 PM. However, we decided to beat the evening rush and pay the before 6 PM parking fee of $20.  We met our friends at NBC Sports Grill and Bar. With over 100 high definition screens,…

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Escape from the Heat 

Escape from the Heat 

With summer nearing the end and the outside temperature still set on sweltering, affordable inside activities can be hard to find. One of our favorite activities during the summer months is to take advantage of the air conditioning at the Florida Mall. From browsing the colorful and tasty merchandise at M&M’s World to sampling the products at the Beef Jerky Outlet, the Florida Mall provides an opportunity for all ages to have an enjoyable and cool outing. Stores and experiences…

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Mackinaw City

Mackinaw City

Located on the northern headland of Michigan’s lower peninsula lies the Village of Mackinaw City. We recently chose to stay in the city to access Mackinac Island and the local hotels, which are cheaper than the hotels on the island. However, we found that Mackinaw City has more to offer than affordable hotel rooms and Mackinac Island ferry access. On the first night in Mackinaw City, we dined at Darrow’s Family Restaurant, which has been in business for 60 years….

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Island Paradise 

Island Paradise 

Mackinac Island is a special place for my husband and I. As a child, I fell in love with Mackinac Island when my family visited on vacation. I loved the stores, the horse drawn carriages, and most of all the crisp, blue waters of Lake Huron. My husband also enjoyed visiting Mackinac Island as a small child. He remembers staring at the idyllic village from the airplane window, then racing to locate the tiny houses he saw from the sky….

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Adventures in the Windy City, Part 2

Adventures in the Windy City, Part 2

Our second day in the Windy City proved to be as enjoyable as our first day even though it was much shorter. After breakfast at our hotel, we lugged our luggage to Union Station, where our train was departing later in the day. The boys had quite an education in early morning traffic in a big city, as we passed iconic buildings such as Willis Tower, Trump Tower, and Chicago’s Federal Reserve. At Union Station, we were able to put…

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Adventures in the Windy City, Part 1

Adventures in the Windy City, Part 1

As the plane descended, we caught our first view of the Chicago skyline. The wonderful view made me forget that I had risen at 3:30 am to catch our flight. Our first introduction to Chicago was a ride on the L (CTA orange line from Midway) to our hotel, where we dropped our luggage off. Compared to a taxi, the $2 one way ticket ($10 all day) was an inexpensive and direct route to downtown. Within walking distance of our…

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I-Drive McDonalds

I-Drive McDonalds

Six years ago, we left our family and friends in Kentucky for a new adventure: life in Central Florida. With so many activities and places to visit in a state where tourism is king, we weren’t quite sure where to start. One of the first places we checked out was the world’s largest entertainment McDonald’s and Play Place off of International Drive in Orlando. We were sadly disappointed as the food was not that great and the restaurant was quite…

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Gatorland 

Gatorland 

After six years in Florida, our family decided to finally visit one of Florida’s original tourist attractions: Gatorland. From its opening in 1949, Gatorland has grown from a roadside attraction to a 110 acre park. Located in Orlando, off of Orange Blossom Trail, the park is teeming with gators, crocodiles and other wildlife. Even after three hours, our family wasn’t able to take in all of the sights and sounds of the family friendly park.   The three shows at Gatorland…

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Hunting For the Lazy Days of Summer?

Hunting For the Lazy Days of Summer?

The long, lazy days of summer are here. Though, to be quite honest I haven’t spotted one of those days yet. Our summer schedule has already filled up with out of out of town visitors, day trips, summer camps, and finishing our homeschool year. The long, lazy days have been replaced with long car rides filled with squabbling siblings. However, I recently found a secret weapon to quiet the squabbling. Thanks to my new secret weapon, my kids buckle in…

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