A Day in Kalamazoo


I have always thought that Kalamazoo sounded like a funny name for a city. Now that we spend quite a bit of time there I still think it sounds funny but I am learning my way around more and more. We spend all day one day each week there. I usually make a slow cooker…

Fall Fun in Chicago


The tree in our side yard says it is definitely fall. For us fall is prime Feis (Irish Dance Competition) season. We are traveling just about every other weekend for my daughter to Feis.  This past weekend we were in Chicago, Illinois. The view from our hotel, The Hilton Rosemont/Chicago O’Hare, was beautiful. In the…

On the Road Again, Part II


After settling near Boston for the night we headed to Alewife Station so that we could take the T into Boston. My son loves riding on the T. He really wanted to tour Harvard so that was the first place we went. As we stepped off the T the humidity hit you first followed by…

On the Road Again


Hot enough for you? As we continue to bake in 90 degree plus heat and humidity we are on the road again. We decided to take a road trip. Unlike some people who may take a trip on Route 66 we took our road trip on Interstate 90.  Yes, from Indiana to Boston, Massachusetts on…

On Our Way to Grand Rapids, Michigan


One of the things we do during the summer months is travel. Just about every weekend we are doing something. My son has asked that we try not to travel as much during the school year, when it is actually more convenient for us, because he hates missing school. Unfortunately, work gets in the way…

The Upper Peninsula – Michigan Vacation Day 3


This was our favorite day of our entire trip. We drove along the lake to Tahquamenon Falls. It was about 50 miles from Sault Sainte Marie to the falls. Our friend told us there were beaches along the way with few to no people we had no idea what she meant. After driving for a…

The Upper Peninsula – Michigan Vacation Day 2


Today was a weather game. There was a 50% chance of rain so we went with the local attractions and saved the Tahquamenon Falls trip for the next day when the chance of rain was only 30%. Although, it was forecast to be a bit colder the next day we went with the drier of…

Hollywood & Vine Character Breakfast


First of all let me set the record straight. Yes, we are Disney fans but we are not a breakfast family. Brunch sure, love it. But, breakfast means we have to get up and actually leave the hotel room early (or as in before 9 am). But, we have learned on the day we leave…

Gigi’s Cupcakes


My daughter and I LOVE cupcakes. When we lived in Rochester, New York, she and I would take study breaks from homeschooling and head to Sugar Mountain Bakery in Brighton to pick up a cupcake, or two. It was always such a fun treat or us. Once we moved to Michigan we could never find…

Eating Meals Out – Chain Restaurants


Yes, we really do eat meals out occasionally. My daughter and I took a trip last weekend to attend a Feis, Irish dance competition, in Kentucky this past weekend. Normally when we travel as a family we try to find little local joints to eat in. We ask locals or we scour the internet to…

1900 Park Fare – Breakfast Buffet


This is a picture of three generations – my father, my brother and my son. All have the same name. So this was a really special picture for us. We love Walt Disney World dining because we can always find someplace where we are all happy to eat. All three families were traveling together and…

Cosmic Ray’s – A Cool Place to Stop for a Bite to Eat


We love Cosmic Ray’s for a bit of respite be it from the heat or rain. Situated on the edge of Fantasyland and Tomorrowland in Walt Disney World it always seems we are right in that area when hunger starts to gnaw at us. With 3 “Bays” for ordering lines are usually not too long,…