Things to Avoid While Road Tripping With Kids

We are a reluctant group of road warriors. With family spaced out up to 10-12 hours in 3 different directions, we spend a lot of time making road trips to get in some quality time with them because we don't have a small fortune to invest in (or an extra child we can put on eBay to fund) plane tickets. And also because you can force me to drive 12 hours with 2 kids (4 and 2) any day before you will ever get me to agree to trap myself in an airport and on a plane with them. ...more
Avoiding the truck stop diner is a great tip, and I never thought of bringing instant coffee ...more

How I Survive a Road Trip With Kids

Just last week I made a five hour trek on the 99 highway with both kids. Alone. Was I nervous?   You bet. Was I racking my brain for every possible way I could make the trip bearable? You bet. Was I successful? You. Bet. ...more
Great post (funny too!) with lots of ideas - thanks! I like to put together a folder for each of ...more

The time we got eaten by dinosaurs in Zigong, China.

What Chongqing lacked in charm, Zigong more than made up for. We made the 215 km trip by car with Driver Extraordinaire Bill still at the helm, and sat back for a long, hilly drive punctuated by a very long tunnel through a mountain and an entertaining pit stop to refuel....more

Airplane Parenting: Tips for Trips with Kids

As I have mentioned before, I am also writing for ModernMom and posted there recently on traveling with kids on planes.  Seems funny, since one of my best BlogHer buddies has written about vaginas and stress incontinence.  Check out Laine’s post, as she provides some excellent counsel wrapped in humor and experience.  ...more
 @elaineR.N. :-) I would love your company.more

Nearly late for a fowl date--at the Peabody Hotel

We nearly missed the march of the Peabody ducks.My lack of interest in doing a word problem correctly from start to finish nearly cost us our opportunity to watch the ducks on parade in the lobby of the Peabody Hotel in Memphis.“How long is it from Oklahoma City to Memphis?” Scott asked.“It’s like six hours,” I told him sometime last week....more
I am so glad you got to see the ducks!  This was a cool read!more

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Travel Adventures in Vietnam

"Ha Long Bay, situated in the Gulf of Tonkin, includes some 1600 islands and islets forming a spectacular seascape of limestone pillars. Because of their precipitous nature, most of the islands are uninhabited and relatively unaffected by human influence."--UNESCO ...more
Great Pictures. I've always want to go there. Seeing these pictures makes me want to go even ...more

Family Dinner Travels through Northern Italy

As long as we’re here in Northern Italy, let’s stay another week.  Primarily because there are so many wonderful foods and recipes to share from this region. Risotta is a northern Italian staple and it’s a staple in my house as well. You can add just about anything to risotto but this combination is one of my favorites.Risotto...more

basin baskin'

Well, "real life" done took one look at freckly, relaxed, dark-as-I'll-ever-get, happy me and took a giant bite, CHOMP, thank you very much. *shakes head ruefully* it really is always like that, isn't it? Go somewhere so gorgeous it simply takes your breath away, spend lots of time with 3 of your very favorite people in the whole, wide world, eat simply and lounge longly in lushly warm springs of clear delight. ...more