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Passports with Purpose Ends Today!!!

December 13th, 2010 by bsmith | No Comments | Filed in Legoland, Passports With Purpose

Jared and Destiny are Big LEGO Batman Fans, LEGOLAND, CA

If you want to win my LEGOLAND Getaway or any of the other amazing travel prizes including vacation packages, i Pads and more visit the Passports with Purpose Website and make a donation!

If you win, you can make a loved one’s dream come true this Holiday Season.  If you donate, dreams will also come true for a family in India.  They will finally have the dignity that comes with a home of their own.

Happy Trails,



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Library Adventures- Golf in the Library????

December 10th, 2010 by bsmith | No Comments | Filed in Library Adventures

Bridget at Golf Fore the Library, Carlsbad, Ca

Last month our family had the opportunity to do something completely out of the ordinary.  We played golf in the library!  Once a year the Dove Library in Carlsbad California is transformed into a minature golf course.  What is particularly clever about this transformation is every “hole” reflects local businesses and landmarks.  The fun setting, a challenging course including a  windmill, a spiral hole, and a hole that continues all the way down the steep library stairs makes this a unique mini-golf experience.  There is even a bonus hole, that for an additional donation could win you season passes to nearby Legoland.

Ken putts as a Carlsbad Public Library Volunteer Looks On

The event is a fundraiser for the Carlsbad Library Foundation and funds a the wide range of great kids and adult programs presented throughout the year.  It is staffed by a large group of kind and enthusiastic volunteers who keep patrons safe from flying balls and try not to laugh when your  ball shoots past the hole.

Jared Tackles the Spiral Hole, Carlsbad Public Library

The best part of the event is that it epitomizes family fun.  The boys, Ken and I participated together (Destiny was at a birthday party that day).  While Ken and eleven year old Justin engaged in serious competition,  five year old Jared and I were just happy to get the ball in the hole.  Jared wrapped up his library visit by heading out to the children’s garden where for an additional fee kids could get their faces painted, do crafts and get a personalized balloon animal.

Justin Putts Among the Stacks, Carlsbad Public Library

The price of this event is pretty affordable for a fundraiser.  Adults play for $10, kids for $5.  The children’s area, food, and LEGOLAND bonus hole are extra.  I would like to thank the Carlsbad Public library for hosting my family at this great fundraiser and give all the dedicated volunteers who made this event possible our special thanks.  Public Libraries and the programs they provide are a gift to all communities, but in Carlsbad we are especially lucky.  My kids are blessed to have the kind children’s library staff to help them discover the perfect book or patiently listen to their stories. (My son told the librarian that his mom is the best blogger ever, and she didn’t blink an eye ;) ).  The educational programs provide an affordable and educational way for families to spend time together.

If you live in Carlsbad be sure to check out what the library has to offer.  The Carlsbad Public  library has some great events coming up from exciting teen movies, to a visit from author Victor Villasenor, to a whale of a Science Saturday.  Be sure to stop by and tell them that Bridget sent you.

Happy Trails,


P.S. Family Adventure Guidebooks is proud to participate in Delicious Baby’s Photo Friday Blog Roundup.  Stop by to find out about other bloggers travel adventures.


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Photo Friday: Jared Adventures

December 3rd, 2010 by bsmith | 1 Comment | Filed in Uncategorized

My youngest turns six today.  Hard to believe how this year has flown by.  Today he was student of the week and announced that his favorite thing to read was his mom’s blog.  So to honor my biggest fan, here is a little round up of Jared’s adventures this year.

Jared's Fifth Birthday Celebration at Disneyland

A Spring Celebration at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Padres Game, Fourth of July

Paddleboating in Santa Cruz

Watersliding at the Flamingo, Las Vegas

Jared enjoys the Legoland Waterpark

   Jared, proud birthday boy and student of week!

This time of year, my thoughts turn to the village who has helped raised this marvelous child. Thanks to my awesome OBGYN Dr. Marsha Muir and my friend Kelly “doula chick” Olmstead of Dawning Mama Midwifery.  Thanks to Jared’s amazing compassionate and smart teachers, Ms. Ellen, Ms. Katherine, Ms. Trish, and Ms. Wiggins.  Thanks to Jared’s loving nurturing grandparents and our other family and friends.  Jared is so lucky to have all of you in his life.

Seeing how much Jared has grown up this year, I can’t help but think there are more adventures in store for Jared this year! Looking forward to learning more about my sweet loving quirky kid.

Have a great weekend!

Happy Trails,


P.S. Family Adventure Guidebooks participates in Delicious Baby’s Photo Friday Blog Roundup.  Stop by to see great travel photos from all over the world!  This week Debbie has info about the Passports with Purpose Blog Fundraiser.  Don’t forget to enter to win my great LEGOLAND prize pack.

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