Apr 092012
Taking Teens Out of School for Family Travel -- The Recovery Continues

The question about whether to take kids out of school so they can travel always evokes a firestorm of discussion in the family travel blogsphere.  Parents of younger children often feel the kids learn more while traveling than they do in the classroom.  For some parents, family travel is such a high priority that they embrace homeschooling or even unschooling so the family can travel year-round.  Still others plan a year off to travel the world and figure their kids can pick up where they left off when they get back. Alternatively, for many of us more traditional traveling families with teens and tweens, family travel options often get squeezed by the demands of school, sports, sleep away camps and the pull of teenage friends at home.   Our family has a standing rule [...]

Mar 182012
We're Going to Nationals!! For a Price!

In a case of be careful what you wish for, we were thrilled last weekend when the Princess and her U14 ice hockey team qualified to compete in the USA Hockey Tier II Girl’s National Championship Tournament being held in Dallas at the end of March 2012.  The team has worked hard all season and the 15 girls and their parents are so excited and looking forward to some top National level competition in the Lone Star State. So, while the good news is that we are going to Nationals, the bad news is that we are going to Nationals on 2 weeks notice.  Mary T knew this team had a chance to qualify and had blocked off her  work calendar months ago just in case.  Beyond that however, everything [...]