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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Family Travel is a Pleasure

It's been 4 years since we  visited Disney World and we  miss  our fun times out there with a family friend.  We flew going to Florida and we rented a car to drive around  even though there was a  paid transportation from our hotel to Disney World.  It was  great having a rental car because we get to see other places other than Disney.
If we ever  visit Disney again, we will definitely look at the deals  in America Car Rental so that we can secure us a ride that  won't  break our budget.  When you have kids, traveling is  a bit challenging but if you are well prepared, it will go smoothly and enjoyable.
Last year, we decided to go on a road trip after  our vacation got cancelled due to some kennel issues.  We took our CRV and  the miles added  on our car is huge.  I think that it is better to rent a car to drive than  using your own.  I mean, it might be cheaper  driving your own but the wear and tear to your car will  add up too.
Anyhow, this year, we  are not planning to  have a vacation because we are going through a huge change.  We are  doing a  big purchase and that would sure  put a dent on our budget so traveling would not be in our  plan this year unless a miracle happen like  if we win the lottery lol.  It would be nice to  go on a long trip again though.  
We actually went on a short road trip  last month for my son's birthday.  We went to an indoor water park in Ohio which was a lot of fun.   It was just a one day trip because we didn't  put our dogs to the kennel so we had to come back.
Traveling together us a family is always a  precious memory.  Our kids are well-travelled so that  is something that makes  road trips less stressful.  They always look forward to  going somewhere every year so I don't know how it is going to work out this year.  Family travel is always  a pleasure but you can't always do it when there are  so many things to consider.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Kalahari Resort: Sandusky Ohio Part 2

To continue my post about our adventures to Kalahari Resort, here is the second part.

While my husband rests for a while at our table, I decided to look around the resort and took some photos.  There was a safari grille  near our table but we  chose not to eat there because it isn't  a smart choice due to the prices of food there.  
We didn't do our research thoroughly  so we didn't know if  we were allowed to bring snacks inside.  We left ours in the car.
As I explore the resort, I see families who has their own  food so the next time, I know what to do.
Kalahari really do have some  good features inside their indoor water  park that kids of all ages can enjoy.
It's amazing how   full the resort was.  I wish that West Virginia has a facility like this  so we don't have to drive all the way here to have some fun time.
Kalahari has hot tubs that leads to the outside.  My husband said that it is very hot so the kids would stay there whenever they are getting cold.

They were braved to go to the outside and they told me that it is not cold even though they are outside because the water is too hot.
Here's how it looked like outside.

Aside from slides and other fun things, Kalahari also has  wave pool.

There are also shopping area  inside the  water park.  This piece intrigued me.
I love the  eco-friendly hut for the tables.  The only thing that bothered me there  are thesmokers who  proped the  doors open so they can smoke outside.  The problem is, the freezing  temperature comes in and so the smoke.  I gave me migraine!  I think that Kalahari should provide a smoking area for  the smokers so they don't have to bother going out and affect the people inside.  Either that, smokers should just hold on to not smoking until they  go home.
Another thing we didn't know is that, Kalahari  provide the  towels to all guests.  We brought some towels so we used it  when we drying off to go home.
While Daddy is checking out, I got the chance to take  photos of the kids.
Shadow Shots
I really want to see their outdoor park during summer so hopefully we could go back there someday.
I am happy that the kids had a blast.  My son always say "It's my best birthday ever" every year so hopefully we could keep up.  Our ten hour-adventure was  fun.  Although 6 hours was spent on the road and only 4 hours was the actual fun, it was all worth it.  Nothing fulfilling that seeing your children enjoy and have fun.  Our daughter is already asking where are we speding her birthday.  Her birthday is on July so an outdoor adventure would be great.  Any suggestion?

Securing Your Home before a Vacation

Before leaving for a relaxing, worry-free vacation there are a few things you should do to make sure your house is safe and secure.

First, make your house appear lived in. Burglars look for homes that stay dark and quiet for a couple of days. Ask a neighbor to get your mail and pick up your newspaper every day. Remind them to check the front door for flyers or door hangers that could be an indication of an empty house. You could also ask your neighbor to park their car in your driveway for a few hours each day. If possible, install motion sensor lights or lights on a timer that will turn on from time to time.

Second, take necessary maintenance precautions, especially if you are going on vacation for an extended period of time. Have an inspector check out your home a few weeks before your scheduled departure date. You should have plenty of time to address any maintenance issues before you go. Being prepared for a home maintenance disaster is much less costly than reacting to the issue after the damage has been done. Have the inspector check the roof for any leaks or cracks. Hire some roofers to fix any problems as quickly as possible to avoid further damage. Inspect windows, gutters, and downspouts for cracks and debris buildup. Before you leave, unplug any unnecessary devices to avoid utility expenses as well as reduce the risk of something happening.

Lastly, notify all necessary individuals or organizations about your absence. Notify your credit card company that you will be going out of town. Talk with a trusted neighbor about keeping an eye on your home. Give them the necessary contact information to get in touch with you if you need to be reached during your vacation.

Following these steps before leaving for vacation will allow you to enjoy a worry-free and relaxing holiday with family and friends.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Sled Ride Fun

All the snow have melted  already but I am glad that we  took advantage of it when it was still here.  We went sled riding by the college.  John and Rye went first because I was waiting for my son to finish doing   something.  When we were finally out, the two were coming back home.  So I wasn't able to take pictures of  the little lady when she wiped out lol.  Nevertheless, I took a picture of her in our front porch before  my son and I left.
We are having a very mild weather this year.  We were in the lower 50s today which was really nice.  We could have went for a walk but we   did some important stuff so we were not able to do our  outdoor walk.
 Anyway, this little guys here is a lot of fun to go sled riding with.  He can stay  outside as long as you let him to.
 We had so much fun out there but  I couldn't take the  wind  blowing in our faces so our stay wasn't very long.  I asked him for us to go home.
 He agreed for us to go home in one condition, that I would go down too lol.
 I didn't really want to do it but I did anyway just so we could go home.
 I tell you, sled riding is a lot of exercise.  You laugh a lot and the walk going up is a good exercise.
 After I went down a couple of times, I thought we were ready to go but he bargained for another round, whew.
 How can I say no to this  smiley face.
 Overall it was a lot of fun, my son and I  definitely had a good laugh and exercise  with what we did.   Every year, when winter hits, we try to have fun in the snow because we feel bad that the kids are always confined inside the house.  It gets boring inside so even though it's freezing outside, we  try to go out and have fun.  

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Playing Piano

The kids' piano lesson  went  well yesterday.   Our son hasn't practice  as much as he should but I guess he is  doing alright.  Our daughter on the other hand can't  help but play the piano everyday.  I wonder if one of these  joe bonamassa guitars would  inspire  EJ to engage more into music.  I mean he is not  complaining that he doesn't like it but he is not as motivated as our little lady.

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