Posted on 06-18-2013
Filed Under (Vacations/Travel) by Charla

We went to Florida two different summers when the kids were both living at home, rented a car, and went to the major attractions in the area and also to several of the main beaches.  We drove to St. Pete in our rental car so we didn’t need a limo st pete.  What a beautiful beach they have there!  I remember how much fun we all had.  Good memories!

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Posted on 01-16-2013
Filed Under (Vacations/Travel) by Charla

The famous Route 66 Highway was the first highway to be paved, and this occurred in 1938. (Can you imagine traveling on a dirt highway?) Over 74 years ago, a trend was started which is now the norm. There are a lot of interesting, history-filled stops along the way from Chicago to L.A. and a lot of interesting side trips as well.

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Posted on 11-27-2012
Filed Under (Vacations/Travel) by Charla

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Have you seen the whole line of vehicles that Kia Motors offers? Which Kia would you choose? What would be your dream trip? What is your favorite road trip that your family has taken? Wonderful memories can be made on road trips. I know our family has many great memories of trips made together.

* KIA Influencer Network-Sponsored Blogger.  I was compensated with a gift card for writing this post.  All opinions are mine and are honestly given.

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Posted on 11-06-2012
Filed Under (Vacations/Travel) by Charla

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KIA Influencer Network has asked me to talk to you about “road trips.”  Although my husband and I have never driven a Kia, our daughter and son-in-law drove one a year ago on a road trip with their family.  They really enjoyed driving it, and I remember they were impressed with all the technology on the vehicle (they’re a high-tech family).   Our college-age son, who is a senior, researches a lot of things including cars.  He researched Kia a while back and thought their track record was really good because of good ratings in several different areas.  He’s also high-tech and would be impressed with the technology as well.  Although I haven’t driven a Kia, I have seen several Kias given away on Wheel of Fortune and thought, “That’s a cute car.”  I can imagine that I would like all the technology, too.

Having said all of this, let me tell you about a road trip we took a couple of years ago.  It was a long trip of over 800 miles and included the scenic drive in Arkansas that goes through Bentonville and Bella Vista.  Being from north central Texas, we don’t have any mountains around here, and I love mountains.  This drive through the Ozark Mountains in northwestern Arkansas was so pretty as well as the drive from Springfield, MO, to St. Louis.  Add in the fact that there are a lot of fun places to stop along the way which includes some of the best frozen custard and a 100+ year old cookie company in St. Louis (both a tradition with our family), this made for an enjoyable trip.  We visited a European style B&B which reminded me of a castle, took a quick trip down to Branson, stopped at the World’s Largest Candy Store, and thoroughly enjoyed The Arch by the Mississippi River in St. Louis.  Fun times!

Family vacations are priceless!  Time away from the busy schedule at home allows time for special memories to be made.  Do you have a favorite road trip?

 

* KIA Influencer Network-Sponsored Blogger.  I was compensated with a gift card for writing this post.  All opinions are mine and are honestly given.

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Posted on 09-14-2012
Filed Under (Household Ideas, Vacations/Travel) by Charla

When we are traveling through Springfield, Missouri, we like to stop at a couple of places in town.  One of the places we like to go to is the Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World.  It’s entertaining just to walk through this huge multi-level store.  They have everything from a section with rustic decor, which would be great to have in a cabin in your favorite location (Colorado for us), to children’s clothing.  It’s an amazing store!  (The other place we always like to stop at is Andy’s Frozen Custard…yum!!)

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Posted on 09-01-2012
Filed Under (Day to Day, Vacations/Travel) by Charla

School has officially started!  I love my students and am so thankful to be in the school district that I am in and also to be at the school where I’m at.  But I must say that I, along with nearly all the teachers that I teach with, are exhausted after one week of professional development and one week of teaching.  Hmmm…florida beach house rentals sound good right now.

It’s hard for some people who have never taught school to understand how tiring the beginning of school can be.  Add in countless hours working on scheduling, getting the classroom ready, meeting after meeting, and trying to get everything done on a long “to do list” only to have things added as soon as you mark off completed things, and that gives those people a glimpse into the life of a school teacher.  Many hours are put in after school and on the weekends!

But the students make it all worth it, and those “light bulb” moments when students learn how to do something, or when they accomplish something that has been hard for them, makes it all worth it!

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