The Shitastrophy Does Hawaii

The holidays brought us together in the most wonderful way…a family vacation to Hawaii! We live in Michigan, so it is a requirement our travels bring us somewhere warm, and the hotter the better. The other constraint we have when traveling is we must fly Hubs beloved Delta (because he’s some point rock star and I […]

The Truth About Vacationing with Kids

The evolution of a vacationing with my kids goes something like this…. The week prior to departure I am busy creating piles all over my dining room table. I make lists upon lists, and buy enough snacks to feed an army…or two kids on a five hour flight. Cameras are charged, backup batteries are charged, and electronic […]

Things I learned in Roatan: Monkey’s are A**holes & Bring Enough Cash

We spent a week in Roatan, Honduras scuba diving with an amazing group called Kids Sea Camp. The program brings together families from around the world that are interested in vacationing in tropical locales while their children safely become certified in scuba diving, or receive advance scuba certifications. We have vacationed with them twice before and […]

My Awkward, yet Authentic, Honduran ‘Spa’ Experience

Because it’s me and shit ALWAYS goes wrong there were a few moments on my trip I could have done without. While on my second dive I went to look up and had shooting pain down my shoulder, leaving me only able to look down. This is not the safest scenario when scuba diving since […]

Scuba Diving in Roatan, Honduras with my Autistic Son

Scuba diving was never on my bucket list of things to do in life. I never pined to swim below the water surface and explore reefs, or experience sea creatures of varying sizes. However, it was my son’s obsession and when he turned ten-years-old I reluctantly signed up to learn how to scuba dive with him. […]

The Painful Truth about Surfing When You’re Old

On our recent family vacation to Costa Rica the 10 year old had her heart set on learning how to surf. I knew she’d do great, she competes in gymnastics and has a love of adventures. Surfing is perfect for her, but only her. However, the camp had a minimum requirement of two persons for lessons. I immediately […]

My Solo Trip to Dominica, Part I

I just got back from my ‘Walkabout’ – if you missed where and why I suggest you read my post Holy Hell I’m In A Funk. Basically my life had beat me down to the point of no return. In order to regain my sanity I undertook a solo trip to the Nature Isle of […]

Washington DC Trip Epic Fail, Part II

Yesterday I gave the highlights of my recent Mom/Son trip to Washington, DC. Good times were had in between the complaining (you can read about it here). However, I saved the best part of the trip till today because it truly deserved it’s own full Shitastrophy post – it was that bad. Since first grade my […]

Washington DC Trip Fail, Part I

Recently I took a vacation (I use that word loosely) with my 10 year old son to Washington DC. Just the two of us…and my 67 year old Aunt. We left The Hubs and the 9 year old daughter at home and hit the nation’s capital. Apparently so did every 8th grade class this side […]

10 Things to Expect When Visiting My Parents

Ahh…summertime the time of family vacations and visiting your family. Many people enjoy this reconnecting with loved ones, and many don’t. I am somewhere in the middle – like most people. My parents do things that can be aggravating to even the most patient and loving child. Since I am neither of those things they […]

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