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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Duquesne University Campus #GraduationDay

After we took some  pictures in our backyard, we head out to Pittsburgh.  My husband did not attend the  Baccalaureate mass and the commencement  ceremony because he didn't want us to be there for more than 6 hours.  Commencement is when all the degrees is conferred  upon all the graduates  as a group.  Although he signed up for the  reception, we didn't go to it because the location was a bit far from where the location of the  ceremony is.  Our daughter did not have a  jacket on that day so we didn't want to  walk around.
Thye commencement ceremony  was just  finish when we get there so all the graduates were still taking pictures in  the field.
Although we have been to this campus so many times when my daughter was still taking piano lessons here, we didn't know where the location of the graduation so we looked around.  The good thing is that, we had plenty of time to do it since we got there rather early.
Duquesne University is a huge campus so there's a lot of walking involve.  I am glad I did not wear heels that day, it would have been  so uncomfortable.
While we wait for the  people to leave and vacate the  place where we were going, we stopped in front of the building where my daughter used to go for  her music class, the Mary Pappert School of Music.

Duquesne University of the Holy Spirit is a private Catholic university in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Tuition cost an arm and a leg in my opinion  but it is like that  in every school I guess.  Glad my husband  used  the G.I. Bill he got left in pursuing  his master's  or else, we won't be able to afford it.  His work also offered some financial help granted he would stay in the company for  several years after he graduate and  that he maintain an A grade which he did.  
I can tell how relieved my husband was after taking his last test for the semester.  Now, he can relax and used the knowledge he  learned in doing his job.
He recently assumed the roles of two people in his department because his co-team leader got transferred to another  department.  He said that his manager was expecting him to fail, at least they were setting him up to fail.  They scheduled some presentations  that my husband has to do without telling him in advance to see if he is doing his job right and  he is glad that he did it without problem.  
He said that his manager gave him a Not-Promotable in his review but  my husband asked him what exactly the standard for promotable.  He was encouraged to apply for a managerial position back then but he didn't want to do it because he doesn't want  a huge responsibility so I guess  the management took that as negative.  But he defended himself by saying that  it doesn't he did not want to apply for a certain position that he is not promotable.  I am sure that when is given the right opportunity, he would take it if he think he would enjoy doing it.
Anyway, back to the graduation, we went inside the  gymnasium where the  diploma ceremony is going to be held a couple of hours early.
When you have an 11 year old boy with you who can't sit still, it's challenging.

So we let him roam around the gymnasium while there is no people yet just so he could burn some energy.  I just wish that my daughter have anticipated for the cold temperature inside the gym.  She caught a cold after   this event.

But despites  all the hoo and haa issues, we are so happy that my husband is finally done with school.  I was teasing him that he should  go for  the Phd lol.  He said he is done!  I don't blame him, after I got done with my master's , I will never go back to school again.  Not unless it is something I would love to do like landscaping or photography.  



To all the graduates, Kudos to a job well done, especially to a great guy right here.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Kid-Friendly Vacation Resorts in the U.S.


Finding an affordable resort in the U.S. that’s kid-friendly is not as easy as you’d think. Many resorts are looking for couples and singletons who wish to relax in style. Some places are all-inclusive to cater for kids, but that’s not always what the parents want who often prefer more choices at the luxury end of the market. Also, when there’s plenty of activities both on the resort and outside of it, going fully inclusive can get restrictive after a while. Having a little greater flexibility on your vacay is no bad thing either!

Here are a few kid-friendly resorts that offer enough activities for the children and the adults too.

Half Moon Trail, Minnesota

The Half Moon Trail is a family-owned treasure. It is a resort in Minnesota, the state known for copious lakes through the region. The Half Moon Trail resort is no different with Boot Lake right there to go kayaking or fly-fishing depending on your preference for getting wet or staying dry!

The kid-friendly activities at the resort including learning woodworking, going on organized treasure hunts, trying to succeed at Marble Mountain, Minnow Races and various other tournaments. Some activities are kids-only, and others are with the participation of mom or dad. There’s usually a kid activity in the morning and sometimes one in the afternoon too. For parents, there’s a family activity each evening too.

Hawks Cay Resort, Duck Key, Florida

Drive past the 61st mile marker in the Florida Keys and you’ll reach the Haws Cay Resort. For the children, they can join the Coral Cay Kids’ Club with organized activities like snorkeling in the clear waters, participating in a scavenger hunt, or working on arts and crafts. The Haws Cay Resort has four villages with different accommodation spread between them. Whether wishing to stay in a villa or lanais, each have their own unique aspects to recommend them.

For the adults, there’s kayaking on the calm waters, fishing for mahi fish or taking a cruise as the sun sets in the distance. The saltwater lagoon is also interesting to swim in and enjoy fresh ocean water rather than chlorine water.

Carmel Valley Ranch, Monterey Peninsula, California

When the idea of staying on a ranch appeals, then head on over to the Carmel Valley Ranch for a good ‘ole time. Only a 10-20-minute drive from either Monterey or Carmel by the Sea, it has three heated pools available all year and a kids’ pool too. There are also areas for toddlers, young kids and teenagers that are safe to use because the pools are away from the main relaxation areas for safety reasons.

Explore the downtown areas of Monterey or Carmel by the Sea, Cannery Row or Pebble Beach for a good one-day excursion. There are plenty of sporting activities available including swimming, tennis, horseback riding, and golf. For organized fitness, there are classes to keep in gym shape too. And for parents who want a quiet night out, there’s babysitting available for a fee too.

A suitable resort to keep the kids occupied so the adults can get a rest from their role as ‘parent’ is like paradise. Organized activities tailored to children of different ages makes it possible for parents to enjoy themselves more than when trying to organize it all by themselves. As a result, they’re likely to return home far more rested than they would otherwise.

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