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September 2011

On The Road to a Virtual Voyage!

I figured a  “Throwback Thursday” would be a most appropriate time to wax nostalgic and invite you to join me on my next virtual vacation!  This weekend I will set off on a wondrous adventure “across the pond”  touring southern England!  As if that weren’t fabulous enough, I’m traveling with my daughter Sara, just the two of us, as her graduation gift before she heads off to college next month! 

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  During my 25+ years at ABC7, many of you have watched Sara grow up over the years - here’s the nostalgic part - and during that time she has become an incredible traveler! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

She took her first cruise before she was 2 - at 4, she was climbing pyramids in Mexico!

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At 6, Sara accompanied me and my Mom on a trip to Spain - 3 generations in our mother country! At 10, Sara was sightseeing through ancient Greece; at 12 she experienced the glaciers of Alaska!

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I took her to President Obama’s first inauguration - we explored the holy land together with members of our congregation.

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I chaperoned a high school choir trip to Ireland, and back in the states we took road trips to our national parks and the entire stretch of Rt. 66!  Sara’s 18th birthday with a destination party to the “Happiest Place on Earth!”

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I now invite you to join us on our next adventure, as I share our discoveries in London and many other historic places in the UK.  We arrive at Heathrow Airport Monday August 4th; posts on Facebook and Twitter soon to follow!  As this is an “interactive vacation,” feel free to make suggestions, ask questions or give advice - this is the first time in the UK for both of us!

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One more thing - a heartfelt thanks to my incredibly understanding husband for giving Sara and I this special bonding time while he stays at home.  Besides, someone has to watch the dogs, right?!

 

Bon Voyage!

 

 

09/10/2011

On The Road to the Happiest Place on Earth!

I am on a "Birthday Adventure Weekend" celebrating my daughter's 16th birthday.  I've taken her and her 2 BFFs to Disney World!

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Let me preface this by saying I love being a mom - I wouldn't give it up for anything (all you parents out there know what I'm talkin' about!)  I call this an adventure, because that's what it is - all the planning in the world couldn't have prepared me for this experience.

I knew it was going to be a good weekend when I realized all the lines at the popular rides averaged 10 minutes!  Only 10 minutes for Space Mountain?  Unheard of!  We hit all the hot spots at the Magic Kingdom, and just as we were leaving the Enchanted Tiki Room to head back to our hotel to get ready for dinner, we got caught in a torrential downpour!  It's Florida, it rains, did I bring ponchos, and umbrella, a plastic bag?! Of course not!  We get to the hotel looking like drowned rats, but lo and behold, Mickey has left a "birthday surprise" in our room.  The look on my daughter's face - priceless.

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Parenthood is and adventure, from the moment you receive the news you're expecting, to each milestone beyond.  it isn't always easy, and each phase has its own unique struggles.  The "terrible twos" are nothing compared to the "terrible teens!"  But something magical happened on this trip;  my daughter, in typical teen fashion, rolled her eyes and raised her voice to me during a minor disagreement - but shortly afterward, she pulled me aside and whispered, "I'm sorry for yelling mom. Thank you so much for doing this trip!"  Later that night, while we were watching the magnificent fireworks at EPCOT, she slipped her hand in mine, leaned her head on my shoulder and thanked me again.  "I love you mom; I'll remember this trip forever!"  So will I Sara.  And I love you too, more than you could possibley know.  

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