Have you ever had weeks where your family won't stop fighting? Week after week the kids were arguing and we were grouchy. Laying in bed one night I made an executive decision that a Road Trip was the answer to our problems. Nothing says RELAXING like throwing kids in a car, without electronics, because clearly … Continue reading First Ladies NM
The first time I ever visited Fort Necessity, Hurricane Irene had hammered Pittsburgh and we had lost power. There are two sureties in Pittsburgh, 1) Yes that Hill is STEEP and 2) NO your utilities will not be restored soon after a storm. My sister lived outside of D.C. at the time and our other … Continue reading Fort Necessity-NB
The National Mall badge is earned by visiting memorials on the National Mall and completing a worksheet at each. The number of worksheets required is dependent on the age of the child and they give you a folder to keep them in as you journey. For us we had to visit 4 memorials. We were … Continue reading National Mall Badge
I love White Sands. Full disclosure, I went to college very close to White Sands National Monument and it was a regular recreation activity for us when we had cars. It is so hot and sunny, absolutely breathtaking in it's natural beauty and there is so much fun to be had on all that sand, … Continue reading White Sands NM 2016
I like magnets. A LOT. But collecting magnets has it's downsides, for example if I have a ton of magnets my children can put more art on the fridge. They seem oblivious to the fact that there are layers of previous artwork as long as they can find a magnet they are going to use … Continue reading National Park Passports
Hot Springs is a gem. An absolute gem. I had visited before but never realized it was a National Park. It is a picturesque, old timey down town area with the amazing architecture from the boom of affluence (we really appreciate that in Pittsburgh), plenty of southern charm and just a dash of tacky tourism! … Continue reading Hot Springs NP 2016
Our first Park stop! Due to vacation time we decided to leave Memorial Day Weekend because we could have 10 days of travel time for 4 days off from work. Plus it would give us a cushion to arrive and get my husband set up to work from my sister's house, which was our final … Continue reading Mammoth Caves NP 2016
We, like many people, live close to one family and far from all the rest. So my children know my husband’s family very well, even his cousins’ children. But my family lives ALL the way across they country. So my kids rarely see my parents, siblings and their cousins. I have two sets of parents … Continue reading Why Road Trip?