20180423

How to Pick Your Next Travel Destination

For those of you not following me on Instagram our spring break trip was to Morocco. When hearing about of plans to go to Morocco a few of my friends and some of our family as well asked us how we decided on Morocco. So here I am sharing our decision process..


Sometimes we plan a vacation with a destination in mind but more often than not we have no idea where we want to go.. we usually know if it's going to be an international trip or domestic but that is where the knowing ends and the figuring out starts.

I usually start with Kayak.. (not a sponsored post) You enter the airport you will fly out of and your perspective dates.. if you don't have dates I think it even gives you an option of seasons or something. And instead of your destination you select anywhere.. ah endless possibilities :)


Click search and wallah! You can narrow down by price, travel time, non stop. Zoom in on certain continents and or countries to explore in more detail.


While we still didn't know where we were going we at least had a narrower list than everywhere and anywhere! Then after we had our list we of countries I checked the weather and said bye bye to Russia, Germany and the UK. It was going to be off season and not warm enough in Greece either. The flight to Prague was inefficient.. flight efficiency is a big deal for M. Meaning a flight going to California with a layover in Maine.. inefficient!!

We didn't feel the boys were ready for South America just yet.. And so after all the research it was settled.. we were going to Morocco.

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20180420

Friday Photography


   
Tailed - In the Florida Everglades, in an air boat, up close and personal with the alligators in their natural habitat. The tour guide tosses a chicken in the air only to have the alligator snap at it before it touches the water. Breathtaking. This photograph was taken when the alligator was in a more serene disposition. A photograph of his tail skimming the surface of the water. Rough ridges and sharp edges yet so graceful.

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20180416

lately

Hello everyone.. hope where ever you are you have a little warmth. Our weather is still on the fritz, a mix of 40’s to late 60’s. :(

We are back from our trip but before I get into the details I need to share a little of what’s been going on..

We were at the tail end of our trip when my sister in law (brother’s wife) had a baby boy! Weeks earlier than expected, so unexpected that my brother wasn’t even in the country for the big day :( So when we returned home from our trip on Monday night we already had tickets booked to fly out again on Thursday morning. Unthinkable for M to get more days off the boys and I flew out to meet the new little guy. D had three days worth of homework to entertain him on the plane and a diorama project waiting for him when we returned due on Monday which we thought we’d have the week to do.



We were there for barely two days. M’s sister also lives in Houston so the boys were able to meet so many of their little cousins, D reigning over them as the eldest.

It was a short sweet trip but I think I can speak for the boys and myself when I say we’d be happy to not have to get back on a plane again for sometime.        
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20180326

Ready to Fly Away

The last few days leading up to today.. and the coming few days were/are going to be busy. Last week had two snow days and when Friday came around I was more than happy to finally have a quite and empty house.

On Saturday M and I both went to get a long overdue mani pedi.. my feet are mostly sock covered but at night before bed when I take off my socks and find my freshly painted bright summer colored toes staring back it me I feel joy.

We have also been packing and trying to finish off all the food in the refrigerator.. I hate packing. I'm a pretty good packer.. we try to travel as light as we possibly can but I still absolutely hate it.

I need to get a hair cut before we go on the boys need one two.. my brain is swarming with last minute thoughts.. making sure I don't forget anything.. 

I'll be missing for the next couple of weeks.. we'll see you all when we return.. with hopefully tons of pictures and stories.. :)


      
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20180323

Friday Photography





Sunny Chairs - Bright and cheerful yellow chairs were set out at the cafe front in the Piazza San Marco, Venice. Welcoming tourists to a mid day meal.
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20180319

Spring Time

It may officially be spring soon but we have a forecast of snow for the next two days.. and a consistent 40' temeprature.. sure doesn't feel like spring to me :(

Nonetheless I wanted to share with you a few of my spring design :) These are all designs I created many moons ago, I wish I had more time to create new illustrations.. maybe one day.













    
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20180316

Friday Photography


       
Sundial - Taken in a stunning sculpture park in Lincoln, Massachusetts. It was originally a large spherical sculpture, not a sundial but it reminded me of one. I particularly love the play of light and the shadows the pieces of the sculpture makes

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20180312

Springing Forward


All this springing forward made me mess up last nights dinner time.. I realized at 7pm I was supposed to put dinner in the oven at 6pm and all the while I was thinking it was 5pm.. we ended up ordering pizza instead.. sigh


We had game night at our place Saturday night.. we hadn't done it is quite a while and it was so much fun.. we played Sequence, Pictionary and Jenga..  we ordered take out and ended the night with strawberry shortcake... Wegmans make an amazing strawberry shortcake and my friends are all hooked.. I actually get scolded when I make dessert instead.. now I know better and go straight to Wegmans when they are coming over. They ended up staying past one.. which I guess really meant 2am?


I am going over the details of our upcoming spring break vacation.. making lists. We are all so excited..
I spent yesterday cleaning.. we have one of those water vacuums.. a Hoover Spin Scrub.. I washed the living room carpet.. took the covers off the sofa and washed them.. spot cleaned in the basement.. :)       
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20180309

Friday Photography

 

     
Stars - A photograph taken in Iran, inside one of the mosques was a wall with a star inspired design carved into the brown clay wall. The design so intricate, so masterfully carved. It was a beautiful sight.

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20180305

Broadway

Last months visit to the theater got us thinking about all the shows we have had the pleasure of seeing.. when we got to counting we were surprised by how many we had seen..


1. Wicked - This was the first show I had ever seen. M had seen a musical in London once and was partial to the whole experience. But when we received a belated wedding present $$ from M's uncle we didn't want to just spend the money on groceries.. we wanted to make sure we used it for something memorable.. so we splurged on some Wicked tickets.. It was the perfect introduction to Broadway. It was a spectacle for sure and even M who had never seen Wizard of Oz had no trouble being swept up in the magic. 


2. Avenue Q - We were so sure about this off Broadway show.. the characters are muppets.. while for some that may be the selling point for us that was what was making us the most unsure.. But I didn't want to watch Chicago or Phantom of the Opera and I may be wrong but I felt they couldn't surprise me.. I knew the stories already.. so we went with Avenue Q.. so glad we did.. it was.. is hand down the funniest musical we have ever seen.. It is the perfect date night show.. not at all suitable for kids. It is almost always the show we will recommend our friends to see.. 


3. Chinglish - This was a comedy about an American businessman trying to launch a company in China and the misadventures of miscommunication.. it was funny in the moment.. but nothing I would recommend. SHOW NOW CLOSED


4. The Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder - This was a great show.. one of the most wonderfully unique things about it was that the same actor plays at least seven other characters.. and watching him transform into these characters through out the play was amazing, such talent. Unfortunately we had a young D and an even younger H at home and were going through a sleep deprivation phase and no matter how hard I tried to pry my eye open I fell asleep.. I recall getting in a car at the end but continued to dose through the ride home.. so much off it is a blur. SHOW NOW CLOSED


5. O - O was our first ever Cirque Du Soleil show. We saw it in Vegas last year.. it was awe inspiring.. it is a whole different kind of talent and fearlessness these performers possess. Now I am not sure if I would go to see another Cirque Du Soleil.. may be one day in the future.. The abstractness of the story is where it lost us.. while we were completely mesmerized by the acrobatic performance we were completely lost as to what the hell was happening.. 


6. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - We saw Charlie and the Chocolate Factory last summer. D had read the book earlier that year and we treated him to his first Broadway show for his birthday. The show is now closed so I am so happy we saw it when we did. We made use of our airline points to score free tickets.  It was a wonderfully magical experience, D at the edge of his seat. He has already been asking when we will take him to the another one. SHOW NOW CLOSED


7. Waitress - We saw waitress just a week or so ago.. for our birthday While I had heard good things about it having seen the movie many years ago I was going in with mixed feelings. It was a fantastic show, the singing talent was phenomenal. It was a show where you were really rooting for these characters.. 

What we haven't seen yet is a non musical play.. any suggestions?

I'm sure D would like to go back to see another show this summer.. I know of Aladdin and Lion King of course but any other recommendations? Any one see Sponge Bob Square Pants yet?

A show I'd really like to go see is Dear Evan Hansen.. 
       
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20180302

Friday Photography



Starry Blue - The gorgeous deep blue ceiling of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Ottawa, Canada. It had a gold star like embellishment that reminded me of my son's favorite lullaby, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.

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20180226

Birthday Getaway

I have been having a few computer internet connectivity issues.. hence the absence.

We had the most marvelous birthday weekend.. as most of you may have read M and I celebrate birthday's back to back which makes celebrating all the more fun. We are not big on gift giving and usually try to go on a little getaway.. whether it is local like a few years ago or last years trip to Vegas. This year was another year to keep it local. 

I caught a bus to New York City and met my husband for dinner. It was a crazy rainy day of course and the bus was 15 mins late but thankfully the restaurant was very understanding. We had a steak dinner at Del Frisco's and were both surprised when it ended with a dessert platter with two candles :) wherever I make a reservation and they ask if we're celebrating something special and we are I make a point of mentioning it no point in hiding it right? Sometimes it results in nothing and sometimes you get free dessert :) and no we did not take any pictures :(


Our bellies full and with time to spare we slowly strolled down to the Brook Atkins theater to watch Waitress the Musical. We had spectacular seats.. never have we sat this close to the stage.. and wow.. the show was wonderful. The entire cast had brilliant voices and though the lead was originally supposed to be performed by Sara Bareilles the understudy was just as amazing.

After the show we walked to the hotel.. we usually always end up going back home with me falling asleep on the way there and the magic of the night long gone.. staying in the city really made a difference. 

The next morning we were sadly up before 7 am, no matter what we do we just can't sleep in anymore.. no matter how much we want to.. we went down to the Flatiron District for breakfast at Sarabeth's.. oh my was it good.. M had the Almond Crusted French Toast and I the Lemon Ricotta Pancakes.



After breakfast we strolled around, took a picture in front of the Flatiron pretending to be all touristy, window shopped, ducked into a few shop until we made it to Washington Square Park.. 



then back up towards Union Square and stopped at a pizza place called Marta where we met up with some friends we hadn't seen in a long time. We were so busy talking and catching up we spent over three hours eating a pizza and once again forgot to take pictures.. :(

After lunch we were ready to head back home we caught a taxi to the bus station and we were back home before dinner.. 

   
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20180223

Friday Photography


   
Starlight Starbright - An abstraction of a small but lovely crystal chandelier.

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20180212

lately

The year has just begun and I feel like it's already passing by in a blur. Early in the month H had his birthday party.. we had requested no boxed gifts, thankfully most people complied and with those gift cards we got H a gift we thought he'd love.. and he did love it.. for about a week!


and then one Saturday morning he asked me to sell it. They have understood the fact that mommy likes to sell the things no one is using and or things we do not need.. and so now he quite often asks me to sell his broken toys, used crayons and so on so forth. After double and triple checking with him M packed it up and off it went to another child's house who will hopefully love and play with it for longer than a few days.

What H does love are his Lego's and Magformers. 


What we have here is a Booger Cleaner.. it's for the kids who like to eat their boogers.. when the stomach becomes full of boogers you put this in your mouth and it'll suck out all the boogers! Ew. 


We also just recently discovered these brick tapes.. you can stick them anywhere and build on them. And they remove easily without peeling paint or leaving behind residue. I even find myself playing with them.

Towards the middle of January my in laws arrived and the boys were ecstatic.. by the end of this month they will be gone again.. off to visit their daughter and her kiddo's. While they are here we hosted two events at our home.. both of a religious nature.. so while not exactly fun but they did require a lot of preparation, cooking, cleaning and the god awful job of getting people to RSVP. I used Paperless Post to send out the invites and it made tracking RSVP's so very easy but I still had to remind most people more than two times via email and then once via text and some even got a phone call asking them to please for the love of God RSVP!!! aRGH. I am so over hosting for the next few months.. 

D has been complaining about not being able to see things from afar so we scheduled an eye appointment. Thankfully everything checked out. But the doctor did warn that if he is not careful he will most likely end up with glasses sooner rather than later, especially considering the fact that both M and I have had glasses. Thank God for Lasik!


February is a big month for us.. M and I both celebrate our birthday.. back to back, only a day apart. Our birthdays came and went by in a blur last week. M was working from home but he was so busy. I bought myself a cake, ate at home and by the end of the day almost forgot it was our birthday. Don't worry.. it's not all depressing.. we have some plans of a belated celebration.. :D The last two years we have been going away.. even if it's somewhere local.. even if it's just a day.. but we go somewhere. Last year we went to Vegas.. part 1 and part 2. The year before we stayed local. This year we'll be staying local again but we are excited and counting down the days! 

We did manage to sneak out with some friends on Friday night.. it wasn't supposed to be a birthday dinner.. just a catch up but someone tipped them off that it had been my birthday a few days earlier.. though conveniently forgot to mention that he had one too.. so I got all the attention!


Sometimes the gray winter days and the craziness of life make me feel a little blue. What do you do when you find yourself feeling blue.. me? I like to plan a vacation. Looking at wanderlust pictures isn't enough.. I need to actually plan it.. it gives me something to look forward too


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