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Interesting…

I was reading some interesting travel articles the other day and ran into this one posted on concierge.com.  It explains how they took three reporters to Russia and dropped them off with some tasks to do.  One with a Blackberry, one with an iPhone and one with a traditional guide book.  They then had to see who could complete the tasks the fastest with the tool they were given.  Very interesting!  Take a peek…

http://www.concierge.com/cntraveler/articles/500791

Venice Beach Review…

For the most part, Venice Beach is a beautiful section of the California coast just south of Santa Monica.  Generally it is a nice sandy beach and a great place to spend the day.  The ocean front is lined with expensive houses and condos with an amazing ocean view.  As you walk north on the boardwalk you can see the Santa Monica Pier and the carnival rides in the distance and it is very much the California beach that I imagined. 

As you approach Muscle Beach, which really isn’t as great as I thought it would be, the atmosphere changes and you would swear you were walking down a row of shops in Jamacia.  The very first street corner had a Medical Marijuana sign out front and a young lady on the corner pulling people in to get their Medical Marijuana License.   From then on the smell of weed filled the air and we were approached every half a block or so either by a “Kush Doctor” salesperson or a “down and out” musician trying to sell us a CD he had burned on his computer. 

I am not sure what this area used to be like, but from some of the stories I have heard it used to be an interesting unique place to visit, but it seems like the area has become dominated by drug shops, drug users and people down on their luck.  In all it was an interesting experience, but it is unlikely we will be back, especially with our children.

Here is a quick video review including a couple video clips of the boardwalk:

Our Baby…

And finally you meet the baby.  C is our youngest, 8 years old, and our miracle.  I feel like I have always been surrounded by miracles…I had an awesome childhood, my sister is my best friend, I met the man of my dreams.  The miracles didn’t stop there.  I was lucky enough to meet a man who had two adorable little girls that were 1 and 2.  Adorable is not even the right word, they were both downright gorgeous!!  I thank God every day that he blessed me with these girls…you have already met them in the last two post.  My daughters are my life.

How could you not love those faces!  Some of you may ask about their mother and some day we will talk about it, but let us get back to my baby now!  He is our miracle.  We tried for many years to get pregnant and one day we did.  Using modern day technology we were able to get pregnant…with twins.  Twin boys!  We were over the moon…two girls and now two boys.  And just 23 weeks into my pregnancy my water broke.  I managed to hang on for 5 more days before the boys were born….4 months too early.  I can’t even begin to explain the worry and anxiety unless you have been there.  The way that people walk around you just to avoid having to ask how your new babies are.  The way that you leave the hospital every night empty handed when you know that the majority of new mothers walk out elated.  I remember coming home to be with Richard and the girls and feeling so much guilt over leaving the boys there.  Nine days after they were born, our first born son, Devon, passed away.  I believe that day that he took a piece of my heart with him when he went.  I truly believe that he knew love surrounded him.  C managed to hang on and we prayed that he would stay with us.  He was so little, 1 lb. 2 ozs., and at his lowest all the way down to 14 ozs.  Every day was a miracle and we knew it.  The little boy you see below spent 6.5 months in the NICU and Childrens hospital before he came home.  He only came home because he received a tracheostomy, feeding tube and full time oxygen support.  We lived with a trach for 2355 days (over 6 years) and on May 4, 2009 after successful tracheal reconstruction, the trach was removed.  The boy you see below is academically on track, is witty and funny, caring and most of all….healthy!!  Like I said….he is our miracle. 

Tanya

Middle child syndrome

I know some people say they have middle child syndrome.  I think there is definitely something to that!  Our middle child, D, is just what they say a middle child is like.  She is eccentric and crazy and will do just about anything to be the center of attention!  Her sense of humor keeps us laughing all the time.  D has an amazing sense of style and will wake up 3 hours before school just to pick her outfit and do her hair just right.  She loves to bake…I blame her for the extra weight I seem to enjoy carrying around!!  I guess it isn’t her fault that I love to eat and she is just too good at baking!  She is a beautiful girl, inside and out!  And luckily…she loves to travel with us…as long as T is coming too!  It’s a vicious circle!

Introducing the kids…

I have three children…three very beautiful, wonderful, talented children.  Our oldest, T, is for the most part, our level headed child.  She gets good grades, plays guitar and has a job.  She wants to go to school to become a hair stylist.  She is strong willed and knows what she wants.  And out of all three….she hates to travel!   She hates to fly, she hates to stay in hotels and she gets grumpy.  I asked her one day why she had to hate all that stuff and her biggest reason was that when she had breaks from school she just wanted to “hang” with her friends!  She is going to be 18 in 3 months.  I guess I should have known that the day would come.  I am hoping that one day she gets it and sees the value in seeing the world and how other people live.

Good Stuff!

Underwear for travellers!

There is an article on usatoday.com that I found something very travel related!!  There is a man in the States who has started a clothing line for travellers.  The shirts have stars over where the breasts are and there are designs over any “private” area.  The object is to blur your private parts when you go through the full body scanners!  Very interesting…and I am very interested to know if it would work or not.  And I also wonder if the person behind the computer doing the scanning really cares or not what is under your underwear!  Does he/she really have time to worry about it?  Maybe I am just different in not really caring what goes on in security as long as I am headed to a beach!!  If you want to know more…head over to usatoday.com and check it out!!