Austin with Kids

Day 1 – set up in our campground – Austin Lonestar Rv Resort. We ventured out to dinner at Kerbey Lane Cafe and went to bed early. Day 2 –  After morning school we left for our first adventure: Voodoo Donuts!   We have been to every store, Portland, the shop in Denver, Universal City Walk, and now Austin! Obviously we recommend …

Hill Country and Rain

(March 31) My Saturday in Texas was exciting! Hank’s left front jack sank 4 inches in mud, then my auto level system decided it didn’t like me because I brought it out of the mud and onto level ground.  I called all the service places for help – no one was working. I watched the auto leveling DVD that came with …

The Florida Keys To Do’s with Kids

The Keys: What we did with our kids while visiting. (In no particular order) Stay at Fiesta Key RV Resort! The sites that back up to the water are really nice. The location is central to The Keys in general. We fished off the wall behind our camper daily, saw resident iguanas in the tree across the canal, and found many …

St Augustine with Kids

St Augustine 1565 – The Spanish landed. Apparently there is a “Fountain of Youth” here. I didn’t go see it this trip. I went 11 years ago and I have continued to age. Oh well.  The KOA was nice, I did not use a single facility so I cannot speak to that. The store seemed well stocked and there were …

Space Coast with kids

Space Coast: Things To Do   Enjoy the beach and the waves. Really you can do this anywhere there is beach access parking. We would drive right across the street from Patrick Air Force Base and walk down the little boardwalk. Voila – the beach. The boys lost lots of toys in this ocean – bring your shovels, buckets, and …

Everyday Life

There hasn’t been much crazy-crazy to write about lately, as we are parked for three weeks and not moving. That doesn’t mean we’re without crazy in every day life. Emerson pooped his pants at a friend’s house because he didn’t want to stop playing to go to the bathroom. We went to the beach and I forgot towels. The boys …

Birthday Adventure

I am still dreaming of the Nutella Milkshake I had at the Toothsome Chocolate Emporium. Man, I should have gone back for another one  🙄.  Too late. And we devoured it so fast there is no picture. The last week was a different one for us. Oliver worked ahead in school so we could take a stay-cation and go to …

Fun in Fiesta Key

This morning we woke up in Homestead, Florida and started the day with a butterfly and caterpillar hunt. The boys loved it!  Emerson would not walk away from the caterpillar plants and kept picking them up. Oliver was very engaged in driving a golf cart around during the hunt.  They loved it so much the owner gave us a plant …

Deployments, planes and automobiles…

Deployment Day – “My D-Day,” was a long and sad day.  We planned our flights to be from the same airport, on the same day.  Tino would go to Iraq via an overnight stop in Norfolk, VA; and the boys and I to Tampa, FL.  This sounds great, but as you know now, nothing in my life goes as planned. …

A Griswold Kinda Christmas

12/2017 As you may have seen via Facebook, our departure from New Jersey and Ft Dix was met with a nice snow storm. Obviously this is not ideal weather to leave a campground and drive for hours, but it is the ideal time to leave if your water lines are frozen and your water reserves have run out, and you …