Books that Go Bump in the Night

October is by far the creepiest month of the year. And, Halloween plays only a little part to that. People are often blinded by this fact; too engrossed in apple picking, pumpkin latte drinking, and leaf peeping activities to realize just how ominous October is. The gorgeous leaves in their harvest hues- is just nature dying and submitting to winter. The warm days fade away and we are left with nips and chills in the other. The nights become longer and heavy fog rolls in. And, the October sunsets always seem a little unnaturally red…

Now that being said, I love October. One, the clothes are to die for- boots, light jackets, subtle plaid accents… adorbs! And, the sounds of summer- summer traffic, summer pool parties, summer kids out of school playing summer games, all fade away and you’re left with calm and quiet. And, what better things to do when the nights get cold and dark, the world goes silent, except for the sound of squeaky doors and footsteps on crisp leaves, then to grab a blanket and tea and curl up with a book that will make you want to fall asleep with the lights on.
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Crater Lake National Park

We were originally scheduled for 1 night at Crater Lake National Park on our way to Yosemite National Park. Unfortunately, a case of the plague had been tracked down to the campground we had reservations at and it was going to be closed down for several days, including when we were supposed to be there. Making it the second national park we were going to have to miss from our trip. This time around though we were able to change our reservations and add another night camping, turning a very fast 1 night layover into a 2 night stay with a full day of exploring the park.
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Audiobook Review – Exceeded my expectations!

My husband and I have used audiobooks for years on road trips and love them. If we find the right story the times flies by and we have even found ourselves sitting in a parked car trying to get to the end of a cliff hanger moment. When we had a little one we started phasing this out. When she was a baby we would listen quietly while she slept but we can’t even do that anymore. We found ourselves trying to listen to a story while our Sidekick would wake up and ask us who was talking. As I started strategizing for how to keep my little one entertained on our 150 hour road trip this summer I can up with lots of things to entertain her in the back; but I was going to be stuck on my own in the front with nothing to do or listen to and no one to talk to. It was a [[dulling]] (I don’t know what you are trying to say here) realization. So I thought maybe it’s time to try the audiobooks again; maybe she is old enough that I can find stories for her that wouldn’t be too monotonous for me to listen to as well. What a success!!!
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Road Trip – Dinner Plans

When planning our road trip I planned down to a level of detail that some people might describe as unhealthy, but to me it was barely the tip of the iceberg. One of the elements I planned ahead of time (and questioned whether or not I had gone too far) was where we would eat dinner every night on the road. Every night at a campground we would cook our meal, but when we stayed in hotel we would be eating out. Because we were paying to eat out I wanted to take advantage of that and eat something special or unique to a given area. As a result I did a little research and found our dinner locations in advance; making sure they were close to the hotel to limit additional driving.
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Niagara Falls (and Buffalo, NY)

After a week visiting family we are on the road again; and this time with company! We headed off to Niagara Falls with myself, my 4 year Sidekick of course, and my father (in his own car). After spending almost an hour and a half with the car in park on the highway 30 minutes from our destination we made it! We made it! And just in time for a late dinner!
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Flying with a Toddler, Part #4 – Toys and more!

This is a post I’ve been meaning to write for a long time, and since I just had a friend ask me for advice on this very subject I thought now is as good a time as ever.

Question: “…it’s going to be her first time on a plane, any recommendations on plane/toys distractions??”

Answer: Yes!!! So many!!! Here we go…
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