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See the LEGOLAND Opening of the New Lego Star Wars Miniland Exhibit Live Today!

March 31st, 2011 by bsmith | 1 Comment | Filed in Uncategorized

LEGOLAND Prepares for the Opening of the New Star Wars Miniland Exhibit

 May the force be with us!  The Storm Troopers will be invading LEGOLAND today for the opening of the new LEGO Star Wars portion of Miniland. If you didn’t get a VIP invite to the opening you can still check out a live cam stream of LEGO Star Wars Miniland Opening  .  Be sure to stop by and get in on the excitement.  Although I am mourning the loss of the NASCAR exhibit (my eleven year old is a big fan), I think this new Miniland will be great for older school aged kids and their parents.  It will be fun to see the movies come alive in LEGO bricks.

Invasion of LEGOLAND California Star Wars Miniland

As always LEGOLAND master builder Gary McIntire and his colleagues did a great job building and installing these  models.

Happy Trails,



Move It Monday: The Newest Family Adventure Mobile plus a California State Park Bargain

March 21st, 2011 by bsmith | 1 Comment | Filed in California State Parks, Camping with Kids, RV Adventures
The Newest Family Adventure Mobile a Pop Up RV

The Newest Family Adventure Mobile- A New to Us Pop Up Trailer

This was a big weekend for the Smith Family.  Daddy brought home a new to us Pop Up Trailer, and I have a feeling the travels of the Smith Family may never be the same.  I’m hoping that this new way to travel will provide us with more opportunities to “Move It” on vacation (note the bike racks).  I’m excited to have a TV free zone with real beds and a kitchen to cook fast food alternatives.  We aren’t planning a big cross country trip or to check out and become permanent travelers like some of my blogging friends, but we are looking forward to local adventures to state parks and county campgrounds.  Perhaps we’ll even explore some cushy RV resorts with heated pools.  In any case, it will certainly make travel interesting and give us an opportunity to explore California’s natural beauty.  I’m dreaming of a family trip to Yosemite.  We went there when Justin was in kindergarten, and I have fond memories of family bike rides and hikes in this breathtaking national park.

On that note, call it “State Park Monday”.  I wanted to share with you the California State Parks Foundation  is offering a great introductory rate of $25 for their Park Sampler for new members.  Benefits include a subscription to Sunset Magazine, 7 day use  passes, and $5 off camping in state park camp grounds.  Such a steal and a great way to support California’s state parks.  I’m eagerly awaiting my membership card.

Here’s Jared dreaming of some camping adventures:

Jared Trying Out His New Bed

Happy Trails,


P.S. See Mother of All Trips for some more Monday Dreams


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Photo Friday: Nascar Fan, Las Vegas Nevada

March 11th, 2011 by bsmith | No Comments | Filed in Nascar Adventures
Joy Logan's Number 1 Fan

Joey' Logano's Number One Fan-My Son Justin

Thought I share this picture from last week’s Sprint Cup Race.  I am discovering that Nascar is a very kid friendly activity, and as you can see Justin is obsessed.

Have a great weekend.

Happy Trails,


P.S. Enjoy Photo Friday over at Delicious Baby


A Must Experience Family Adventure…CYT’S “Just So Stories”

March 9th, 2011 by bsmith | 2 Comments | Filed in San Diego Adventures

Funny how this Ash Wednesday I found myself just where God needed me to be!  Our family is in crisis mode right now.  Both Ken’s mom and my dad are afflicted with cancer, so time is very precious and it seems like everyone needs our help .  My mother in law is in the hospital recovering from surgery, but previously I had volunteered to drive for Destiny’s class field trip.  When I tried to get out of my commitment, I discovered that there were no other parent volunteers to take my place.  So despite the fact that I felt quite guilty for having fun, I found myself sitting in the audience of “Just So Stories” a wonderful musical inspired by the work of Rudyard Kipling.

I didn’t expect much, a children’s play based on the stories of Rudyard Kipling,  how could that be relevant for today’s six year olds and for this 38 year old for that matter?  Magically, as the musical began to unfold I found that it was.  The story had a moral positive message that permeated my soul and brought me a few hours of peace amidst this ocean of craziness.  The kids loved it to and were on the edge of their seats for most of the two hour performance.

Everyone involved in this performance, besides the director, was a young person between the ages of 6-18.  Even the lighting crew and the stage managers were kids!  The  colorful sets and costumes were professional quality.  The young performers danced and sang like experienced Broadway actors.  The story was entertaining with plenty of witty asides for the grownups and more obvious humor for the kids.  I was awed that this complex, professional quality production was carried  so confidently by a large cast of young actors!

If you and your family find yourselves in Northern San Diego this weekend you should consider attending the next showing of “Just So Stories” at the Star Theater in Oceanside on Saturday at 2pm and 7pm or on Sunday at 2pm.  If you can’t make it, be sure to keep on eye on the CYT website.  They have an impressive array of productions being staged all over San Diego County this spring.  They also offer summer camps which Destiny is very interested in attending.  Due to her dislike of scratchy costumes she is planning to man the  stage lights!

The most spine tingling part of this story is that,  when I went to research the meaning of the acronym CYT, I discovered it means Christian Youth Theater.  Looks like God was guiding my Ash Wednesday plans after all!

Happy Trails,


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