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Charleston, South Carolina ~ Traveling with the Kids

For our tenth wedding anniversary my husband surprised me with something he knew I would absolutely love! A trip to South Carolina to see my brother!  My brother moved down there about 10 months ago, and the kids and I have missed him like crazy.
I was beyond thrilled to get to see my brother, because we have always been very close, and also to check out South Carolina!
We got there on a Friday and came back home on Monday so we definitely didn’t have time to do everything because this historic city has SO much to see but we will definitely be back soon.

On the first day we were pretty tired from the early flights so we spent the afternoon relaxing and walking around Charleston, we grabbed some ice cream at Belgian Gelato which was pricey but some of the best ice cream I have ever tasted! Then we ate dinner at Red’s Ice House on the ocean, this was a laid back restaurant with delicious food and the sunset was breathtaking.

Sunset Charleston South Carolina
Charleston South Carolina

The houses in the heart of Charleston are simple gorgeous!  The views are just as Beautiful! It literally took me 24 hours to completely fall in love with this city.

 
Over the weekend we had a big Birthday Family Dinner, because we missed each others birthdays, the kids loved that.  We spent some time at the Kiawah Island Resort so the kids could swim and play, and ate at the Cherrywood BBQ and Ale House on the Island.  We also spent some time at the Aquarium, on the Beach on Sullivan’s Island and ate at Poe’s Tavern.

Sullivan’s Island reminds me of a quaint town in Maine but the weather is a whole lot nicer!  I’ve told the hubby over a dozen times that when he strikes it rich we are living on that beach!

On our last night my brother and sister in-law got us a babysitter and we all went out for a fabulous dinner at the Wild Olive.  We had a blast catching up and having grown up time! plus the staff there was incredibly friendly.
I left in tears because I miss my brother terribly, but smiling because Charleston had stolen a piece of my heart!  The views, the people, the weather, I just loved this City!

 

OMG! I’m THIRTY! – Family Trip to Old Orchard Beach ~ Traveling with Kids

For my thirtieth birthday, my mom booked a couple motel room’s up at Old Orchard Beach, Maine for Me, Antonio, the kids, Her and my father, along with 3 of my cousins and my Aunt!  Another aunt that lives in Maine came over for the day with 2 more cousins, and then another aunt drove up with yet 2 more cousins and stayed at a hotel in the next town over.  I had the BEST Birthday, my mom is AWESOME!
Slut Hats

Party With Sluts Hats

 

American Motel

 

The American Motel

 

Big Waves

 

Pirate Ship Ride

 

Father Daughter

 

Beach look Out

 

I hadn’t been up to OOB sense I was a teenager, I remembered it being fun, but I forgot how much!  It is an awesome place for a family vacation!  We booked this trip really late so it took calling over 15 motels to find one that had vacancy.  We finally found The Americana Motel.  We knew it probably wouldn’t be the nicest place, but they had availability and where walking distance to everything so we bit the bullet and mom booked it.  The motel was pretty clean, it was old, but the house keeping staff did a really nice job every morning cleaning and they were friendly.  This was not a renovated modern hotel, this was the epitome of an old beach motel.  Wood paneling, concrete porches, box televisions, seventies furniture, BUT it was clean.  The pool was nice, and very big, they had a swing set and grilling area, there was a large playground across the street, and it was a two minute walk to the amusement park, beach, and shops.  The front desk staff wasn’t the friendliest or most professional, but once checked in we didn’t see them again.
Now on to Old Orchard Beach!  LOVE! I’m not a big “beach” person, the waves scare me, the sharks scare me, and the sand everywhere annoys me.  However I like that its a two minute walk so the kids can build a sand castle and then go back and jump in the poopl  The amusement park is reasonably priced, and the kids loved just walking around on the pier.  The night life is great too, we hit up a couple small places that had different “happy hour” specials, and also went to the Brunswick which was really nice.  I love the whole go out for a few drinks, walk to get food, walk home, atmosphere.
Next summer I’m hoping to book a week long vacation up there, because there is so much to do we didn’t get half of it done in two nights.  However I plan to book early so right after the holidays I’ll be calling some of the motels I looked at to make reservations.  The Beachwood Motel looked really nice, I’ll be calling them first.
Old Orchard Beach Maine
Old Orchard Beach Amuzement Park

 

Family Camping Trip 2013 – Pine Acres Campground, Raymond NH ~ Traveling with Kids

Every Summer for as long as I can remember, my family has done a “family camping trip”.  My aunts, uncles, cousins, mom, along with Antonio, Me and the kids, all go to a campground in NH or Maine for a few nights and get a bunch of sites close to each other.
This year we chose to return to Pine Acres RV Resort in Raymond NH.  We have a long history with Pine Acres and each year debate back and forth on whether we will try it again that particular year.

I can rewind in my head to memories of camping there when I was Anthony’s age with my brother, parents, and sometimes aunts and uncles.  As a kid we used to spend almost every weekend swimming in that lake, canoeing up that stream, riding our bikes to the store for slush.  The same type of memories I hope I’m giving my children.

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New York City with the Kids – Marriott Downtown New York City

Marriott Downtown New York City Family Friendly Hotel

Marriott Downtown a Family Friendly Hotel in New York City 

During our last family trip to New York City, we stayed at the Marriott Downtown New York.  The rooms where standard size, which is considered large when talking about an NYC budget-friendly hotel! 
Everything was very clean and modern, the lobby was beautiful and offered an on-site restaurant, Starbucks, and store. 

Best of all we were close to so many attractions and landmarks, making it easy to get around with 3 kids. The Marriott Downtown is located directly across from the 9/11 memorial, a few blocks from Battery Park and the Statue of Liberty, and a $5-$10 taxi ride to Central Park, Times Square, and Rockefeller Center.

 

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