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Friday, April 18, 2014

Exploring Doquesne University

We went to Doquesne University in Pittsburgh on February 22nd to see if Ms. Burrito would qualify for their music program. The head director evaluated her for her skills and she passed. She will be starting there in September. It will be a big change for us because moving there is a lot expensive that the tuition she is paying her in our area for piano lessons.  I will talk about the details in my music blog next time.  Meanwhile here are some photos we had during our  tour down at DU.
Doquesne University is a huge campus.  We had so much fun checking out every building out there.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Florida: Are Low Cost Holidays Even Possible?

Florida is a dream destination for many, particularly for those with children who want to enjoy a theme park holiday of a lifetime. However, it has a reputation for being out of reach for those on a budget, with cheap deals being hard to find.

The truth is that holidays in Florida will largely differ in cost, depending on what you wish to experience in the sunshine state. A family wanting to do all the theme parks is definitely going to need more spending money (and a longer holiday) than those who just want to do Disney.

However, you can make sure that you are getting the best low cost holidays to Florida possible by choosing a holiday provider known for offering the best deals across the board.  You can also carefully select your choice of accommodation and the time at which you choose to take your holiday.

When it comes to summer holidays Florida prices can shoot up, leaving hardworking families with a dilemma on their hands. If at all possible, visiting during term time will save you a packet, and may mean the difference between affording the trip at all or not.  If you have school age children and are restricted to the school summer holidays, be sure to explore all options to get the lowest price possible on your dream Florida break.

Typically, it’s best to either book as early as possible, taking advantage of any early worm booking incentives, or leave it until the last possible minute to book. The second option may be risky business, but if you can be flexible on dates, hotels and flight times then it might just save you a small fortune.

Low cost holidays to Florida are out there – they just need a little seeking out. Let a low cost holiday provider wave its magic wand and get you to the Sunshine State within budget.
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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Mother's Day Flowers

Easter is just around the corner and after that comes Mother's Day.  Do you have any plans for your Mom this year?  have  been thinking a lot about my mother lately.  I miss her so much.  I feel like  I am  throwing away my  chance to be with her now that she is older.  I just wish that I live nearby so I can visit her  often.  I have been talking  to her about living here with me for a while  but she  said that she won't be able to  bear the  long travel let alone bear the worry of being away from our youngest daughter.  
This MOther's Day, I am thinking of ordering one of those  Mothers day flowers online like this one that I found online. I like that you can  personalized it.  The photo on the right side is a  Thanks Mum mug with flowers in it.  You can put  your own  photo to make it  more special for the recipient.

Having two kids of my own makes me appreciate  my mother's sacrifices even more.  I don't know how she did  it but she raised 9 kids  without any help.  I owe everything  from my mother.  She taught me everything that I need to know to become a good Mom.  I know that I am not as best as my Mom and I hope that I could be  the best  mother  to my children the way my Mom is to her kids.  
Make your Mom  very special this Mother's day.  Send them  fresh flowers or anything that would make them happy.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Our Children Want a Vacation With A Difference This Year. Here Are Some Ideas We Are Considering

My children are a great source of joy to me; they are well behaved and polite, considerate and helpful; well, most of the time. Once or twice a year I enjoy taking them off on vacation, and we have toured North Wales until we know it like the back of our hands. Don’t get me wrong, we love it there and look forward to going every year. The beaches are good, and there is plenty to do. The static caravans we stay in are luxurious and warm. The kids are counting down the days until they break up from school for the summer holidays, and we pile the car high before setting off.

This year, however, I am mulling over vacations that are a little different from our usual break; they deserve a special treat. Take a look at some of my ideas and see if they may suit your family too.


We have taken day trips to our local safari park and the children have loved it. They become excited, frightened, and fall in love with the animals there. That is why I am considering taking them on a safari (journey) package holiday. There are companies that provide for tourists in Kenya, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania and many more countries. Some of the holidays are classed as safari and beach so there is plenty of sun, sea, and sand for the children to play in when not on an excursion.


My children’s faces light up when we have a flutter of snow. The trouble in this country is that we don’t get enough of it. I can’t wait to see their faces if I take them on a European skiing trip. There are luxury packages available from Momentum Ski and other companies that will cater for all levels of experience. I think by introducing the kids to snow action early, one of them may become an Olympic champion.


My alternative choices of holiday aren’t all in foreign countries. I have watched barges on the canal at Llangollen on our way to North Wales, and have always wanted to try it myself. The children will benefit from a calm, relaxed journey through the countryside and we can stop off at some tourist towns for shopping and fun. 

Skippered Yacht Charter

I may have to put my credit card under extreme stress to hire a skippered yacht for a few days and visit a couple of cities along the mediterranean coastline. This is a once in a lifetime treat. The mini-cruise may venture from an Italian or Greek port, which is the country we will spend the rest of our holiday in.

Holiday Camp

We have never been to a holiday camp before, but I think it will give my family a good taste of a traditional British holiday. All of the entertainment is free, and we would hire a self-catering chalet so we can eat cheaply. The sites have their own swimming pools and parks for recreation. Most of them are situated close to a beach for daytime excursions too, so they have everything we need.

You must be feeling a little nauseated by just how perfect my kids are. That is simply because I haven't mentioned the tantrums and naughtiness that my kids are prone to just as much as yours. Still, we wouldn’t be without them.

Monday, March 31, 2014

USS Requin Submarine SS-481 in Pittsburgh #CarnegieScienceCenter

My kids and I have been inside a military ship when we explored the USS Lexington in Corpus Cristi, Texas but we have never been inside a submarine so when we went to Carnegie Science Center, the most fun part for us is being inside USS Requin.  My husband is a retired sailor  so he has been into many ships  and  also part of  the  Navy team  who repaired many submarines  during his active duty times.  But for us, it was a real treat especially that my husband  explained to us  how things works inside a submarine.
If you want a uniquely immersive experience, try to go to Carnegie Science Center and explore the USS Requin Submarine! If you come aboard to this  submarine, you will have the chance to learn how 80 men used their expertise, humor and sheer ingenuity to carve out a rough and adventurous life during Requin's lengthy defense and scientific missions.  Some of which are still classified to this day according to the information I have read.  This state-of-the-art  submarine was battle ready when she set out just days before the end of World War II.   USS Requin holds the distinction of being the Navy's first Radar Picket submarine.
The USS Requin was located adjacent to the Carnegie Science Center building by the Pittsburgh River.  It brought a lot of memories for my husband who spent  20 years in the Navy  and  worked on submarines  when he was in Guam.
Here's what it looks like inside the  submarine.  Come aboard and enjoy the tour.  Everything is  very small.  I have high respects for submariners for getting used to live in a small spaces like this.
I think that what would make  it better for the whole experience  is if Carnegie Science Center would schedule a tour for the visitors and assigned  a Veteran submariners  to  explain things.  We were just lucky that my husband was a  sailor and he knows a lot of stuff about it  which helps us understand  things.  
There was a young kid  assigned there but all he did was say hello and that was about it.  Considering the admission fee that the  CSC collects to visitors, they should at least give  them more information about the subject, just saying.
Oh, we met this old guy as we were leaving and he said that he used to work in submarines but we were out the door when he showed up so we couldn't really ask him questions.  Well, my husband tried to talk to him but he got the feeling that  he just want us to be out ta there lol.  Oh well, we didn't need anyone to explain us things anyway because of my husband but what about others who doesn't  have ideas about submarines?
Overall, it was a great and fun-learning experience especially for  our children.


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