Category Archives: travel

Surviving a Scuba Vacation With Teens


This past week our family went on a scuba diving vacation to Bonaire.  It was an interesting experiment in togetherness while participating in a sporting activity.   I learned a lot of things, including the fact that staying with three … Continue reading

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Beyond The Shadow Of A Doubt


Wednesday was the beginning of a weekend that left me speechless.    It began with an irate phone call from my brother who has issues with substance abuse and violence.  Over the years I have become quite good at filtering … Continue reading

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Punchbowl Crater


Punchbowl Crater, or Hawaiian National Cemetery is the last place we toured.  My husband and I had been there 13 years before to lay flowers on my maternal Grandfather’s grave.  We decided to repeat the performance with the boys this … Continue reading

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Hanauma Bay


Ok, slight departure from plan, but now with nothing more exciting than me spilling honey all over the front passengers seat of my car this morning (nasty mess it was, too) I can move on with our trip to Hanauma … Continue reading

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Polynesian Cultural Center


One of the things we wanted to do with the boys while in on Oahu was the Polynesian Cultural Center.  The Polynesian Cultural Center is 13.5 acres divided into seven villages each representing seven Polynesian Islands; Samoa, Hawaii, Fiji, Tahiti, … Continue reading

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Photo Challenge: Two Subjects


The Campanile de Giotto is the Bell Tower next to the Duomo in Florence, Italy.  Designed in 1334 by Giotto di Bondone, it is 414 steps and 278 feet up in the air.  The staircase is spiral with a hollow … Continue reading

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Pearl Harbor


Last Monday while on Oahu, we visited Pearl Harbor.  DH and I had been thirteen years ago, and spent several hours there.  This time we did everything, and spent pretty much the whole day.  Aside from a small amount of … Continue reading

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The Art of Sunscreen


We arrived in Hawaii on Saturday around 2:30 PM Hawaiian time (or 8:30PM EST).  Tuesday was our first day of being able to sleep past 5:30AM.  By the time we adjusted to the new time zone, it would be time … Continue reading

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Surf Boards and Brothers


On spring break we took  trip we had been dreaming about for a long time.  We had been wanting to take the boys to Hawaii since they were little, but with three so close, and all the other issues, I … Continue reading

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It’s a New Year…


Well, it’s a new year–16 days in already, and I am truly glad.  The end of last year was a tough one, and I began my New Year with a new resolution:  let it go.  Whatever it is.  Anything that … Continue reading

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