Breaking Traditions–We Must Sail On

Christmas.

Forty-seven years celebrated exactly the same– same family members;  same neighbors;  same hand made ornaments each telling a nostalgic tale, same trivial meal preparation squabbles; same Christmas Eve Mass…sacred traditions created with love and family bonding for almost half a century.

So what happens when you lose an integral part of that tradition?

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Thankful for Catching The Travel Bug

As Thanksgiving approaches, we are thinking of all the blessings we are so grateful for–family, friends, our faith, freedom, health, education…our gratitude list could wrap around the globe–but what we are extremely thankful for this year, is the “world” itself; we are grateful for being bitten by the travel bug and having the desire to see every corner of this awe-inspiring planet!

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A Mother-Daughter Weekend Adventure in San Francisco

Talk about an epic weekend! Hi everyone. It’s Brooke. I just got back from the most incredible weekend in San Francisco and want to share our adventures with you. I’m not saying we hit everything on our list because we didn’t come close, but we certainly tried to get as much in as possible.

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A Fantastic Fall Weekend in Door County, Wisconsin–The Perfect Family Getaway

This past weekend we headed up to Door County, Wisconsin for our very first time.  For years, I’ve heard colleagues and friends talk about how wonderful Door County is, and I honestly never had it on my radar until recently. Spending a good portion of this past summer in Michigan, it was only respectful to give Wisconsin a fair shake, so I began asking around, researching and crafting a weekend itinerary that turned out to be more than we could have ever hoped for!

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A “Beyond Expectations” Weekend Getaway in Indianapolis

This weekend, Brooke had a competition in Indianapolis.  Parents were given the option of attending, and asking me to go away for a weekend is the no brainer of all no brainers.   I had absolutely no expectations, but was happy to enjoy a weekend with my daughter and experiencing a new city.

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Our Mother-Daughter One Year “Trek Around The World” Bucket List

 

My mom and I have begun planning the unthinkable to many, but for us, this itinerary is as real as it gets.  Between the two of us, we have compiled a “Must See/Do List” for each continent.  We are sure we will travel to many of these places before the “BIG TRIP”, so we will cross those off as we go, leaving the unchartered locations for the 2025 trek around the globe.

 

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Three of the Most Compelling Reasons to Study Abroad

Based on personal life situations, I never had the opportunity to study abroad so I am so excited for my son who just started college. He still hasn’t solidified a major, but what he is certain of is choosing to study abroad during his sophomore or junior year.

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I’ve done thorough research on the programs offered at his university, read hundreds of reviews from the students and staff and even talked to my former students who have studied abroad during college and 100% of them all say it was the best part of their college experience.  Think about it….when in your life are you going to be relatively unattached and as care free to travel and learn about yourself?

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