Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Myrtle beach vacation and Spartan Beast

We recently took a little trip to South Carolina because Scott had his last race of the year to run. He ran the Spartan Beast and did an awesome. We are all very proud of how far he's come since he began running in February. We had a nice stay near the race and then we headed to myrtle beach. We love it there we went in October last year for 8 days and it was wonderful just like this time. We had almost the whole beach to ourselves. Honey loved the beach and the ocean. It was her first time playing in the ocean and she attacked every wave and really enjoyed herself. All in all a fantastic trip!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Spear Family Vacation update

Updated our trips and vacation list on facebook after our recent Myrtle Beach trip, we had a blast!: https://www.facebook.com/notes/laura-spear/trips-and-vacations-list/10150106282613811

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My favorite thing to do in the world is to travel, I love exploring new places and learning about new cultures and how others live. I find vacations to be great way to add some excitement to educating children about a new place, or a new culture what better way to learn then full immersion. But its also nice to get "couple time" and go away without the kids and focus on being together. This note is to keep track of our trips and vacations, and to have a place to keep a vacation *to do* list of places we wish to visit in the future.

Countries we've traveled: 
United States and US Virgin Islands (own Puerto Rico, St Thomas, St. John)
United Kingdom and British Virgin Islands (owns Tortola, Bermuda)
France (owns St Maartan)

1992- 1 week vacation to Florida- Sarasota (sea club V)

1993- 2 week vacation to Florida- siesta key, sarasota, orlando (disney world, universal)

1994- 1 week vacation from Illinois to Montana

1996- 1 week vacation to Florida- Orlando (disney world)

1997- 1 week Class trip from Illinois to Washington DC.

1998- 3 day trip to Yellowstone National Park (from Montana)

1999- 1 week vacation to Seattle

2000- 2 week vacation, Princess Cruise to Alaska and land tour, princess railway, stayed at princess lodge Denali national park. 7 day cruise to Ketchikan. Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay National Park, College Fjord, Anchorage (Whittier), Alaska

2000- 2 day trip to Leavenworth, Washington (A Bavarian village)

2005- 5 day vacation to Mexico, Puerto Vallarta (no kids)

2005-  2 week California trip, San Francisco,San Diego, Los Angeles, Hollywood , chinese theater, star walk of fame, universal studios, disneyland, legoland, knottsberry farm, mystery house and san deigo zoo.

2005- Victoria British Columbia (my mom, me, and Jennifer)

2006- 1 week vacation to New Orleans, Louisiana(me and my mom)

2006- 3 day trip to Las Vegas (flew from Spokane to Vegas)(no kids)

2006- 5 day vacation to Mexico, Cancun with girlfriends from Washington( janet and jen)

2007- 3 day trip rented beach house with friends in Washington (andrea and sarah and kids)

2007- Day trip to Boston, MA.  Misc site seeing, Oyster house (with kids)

2007Cruise #2  7 day, from Tampa Florida, to Grand Cayman, cayman islands, Belize, Cozumel Mexico and Costa Maya Mexico, Tampa Florida. Also did Busch Gardens Tampa. ( no kids)

2008- Cruise #3. 1 1/2 week vacation  8 day from Fort lauderdale, Florida to Nassau, Bahamas, St. Maartan, St. Thomas USVI, Antigua, Tortola British Virgin Islands, and San Juan Puerto Rico. Stayed 2 nights at mariot harbor beach resort ft lauderdale, florida. (with kids)

2008- 1 week vacation to Orlando Florida, stayed at shades of green resort. Disney World andUniversal Studios (with kids)

2008- day trip New York City (with kids)

2008- Day trip to Boston, Siteseeing, irish pub dinner, Cheers, Boston Childrens Museum. (with kids)

2009- 2 day trip to Atlantic City, Casino, Clubs, Restaurants, Helicopter tour, buying our condo, boardwalk, carnival, beach. (no kids)

2009-(June) 3 day trip to NYC and Long Island stayed in the Wyndham hotel. Central park, Zoo, American girl Place both days, Shopping on 5th Ave, M&M world, Hershey's, Toys R Us, FAO Schwartz, the big Disney store, build a bear, Time square, Ate at vendors hot dogs, pretzels, gyro's, and we ate at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Long island for the childrens museum and beach. (just me and the kids)

2009- (July) 4 day trip. Camping at Bull Island State Park. It's on the state line between New Jersey and Pennsylvania, Sesame place, and Philadelphia site seeing and childrens museum (with kids)

2009- (August) 3 day trip. Carlos Bakery NJ, Ocean City NJ, then camping at Bull Island Sate Park and Sesame Place.(with kids)

2009- (september) 3 day camping trip to Martha's Vineyard. (Just me and the kids)

2009- (october- november) Cruise #4. 18 day vacation, 2 nights in Rome then 16 day transatlantic cruise on carnival dream.Rome Italy, Marino Italy, Civitavecchia Italy, Fiumicino Italy.Barcelona Spain, Palma De Mallorca Spain, Malaga Spain, Straight of Gibraltar 7 miles wide view of Spain and Africa, Las Palmas, Canary Islands, Bermuda (Britain) Docked at New York City for ships naming ceremony. Ship sailed right past the Statue of Liberty and into Manhattan (me, grandma thelma, and the girls)

2010- winter day trip NYC ice skating central park, Bobby Flays Mesa Grill (with kids)

2010- spring day trip NYC, site seeing statue of liberty, museums, time square (with kids)

2010- spring break road trip from NY to viginia visited sarah and both of us road tripped down to Georgia visited kelsey then on to Orlando florida, Disney world (all 4 parks) and universal studios. Then I went on to Tampa to visit my cousins, then North Carolina stayed the night in the town that one tree hill is filmed, then up to washington dc site seeing, then back home to new york. (Me and the kids, Sarah)

2010- Scotts birthday, day trip NYC, saw Chicago broadway show, time square. (no kids)

2010- summer July 4th weekend, camping 2 days Lake George Battleground State Park, NY(with kids)

2010- July, day trip NYC. Michaels birthday, site seeing then Coney Island for Ringling brothers and barnum and bailey circus.(with kids)

2010 August, house hunting leave, trip to Washington DC for 4 days. Site seeing, house finding, hersheys chocolate world on the way down in Hershey PA. (no kids)

2010  September, 1 week at condo at Massanutten Resort in VA, also Hersheys chocolate world on drive down. (me and the kids first 4 days scott joined us on last 3 days) (with kids)

2010- October, overnight trip to Portsmouth, Va Beach to visit our friends. seeing sarah and janet (just me and kids)

2011- January, overnight trip to Newport News, VA to visit our friends seeing janet and andrea (with kids)

2011- March, 7 day trip to Orlando Florida, 4 days at Disney (all 4 parks), 2 days at Universal (both parks) Saw the Wizarding world of Harry Potter. (Sun- Wed night just me and the kids) (Wed night through Sat night with Scott and kids)

2011- October 28th-November 6th. 8 day trip to Myrtle Beach South Carolina staying at our condo at Wyndham Ocean Boulevard (with the kids.)

2012- March Vacation to Spokane Washington to visit our family. 7 days (with the kids).

2012- June Vacation to Pennsylvania yogi bear campground 3 days. Camping and Sesame place (with kids)

2012-  July trip 2 day camping adventure to Kings Dominion Theme Park and Willderness campground Doswell Virginia (with kids)

2012-  August Trip 2 day camping adventure to Kings Dominion Theme Park and Willderness campground Doswell Virginia  (with kids)

2012-  September trip 3 day camping adventure to Kings Dominion Theme Park and Willderness campground Halloween Haunt!  Doswell Virginia, Honeys first trip! (with kids)

2012- October trip 3 day camping adventure to Kings Dominion Theme Park and Willderness campground Halloween Haunt!  Doswell Virginia (with kids)

2012- October Vacation 3 days to North Carolina (Charlotte) and South Carolina (Myrtle Beach) (with kids)

*2012-  November vacation 4 days to Myrtle Beach South Carolina, staying at our condo. (with kids)

*2012- December 14th- 21st. 5 day Carnival Cruise plus 2 additional Charleston SC days 7 day vacation: Charleston, SC, Nassau, the Bahamas (going to Atlantis again), Freeport, the Bahamas. (with kids)

* star equals confirmed trips yet to be taken.

( ) Do the twilight tour in Forks Washington
(  )Vegas (again, but better this time around)
(  )Egypt (see a pyramid)
(  )Ireland (see where Scott and I come from)
(  )England ( See where I come from)
(  )Africa (real African safari)
(  )South America
(  )Miami, Florida
(  )Puerto Vallarta (again) its scotts favorite place.
(  )Stay at the Myan Resort in Mexico
(X)See the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Florida.
(  ) Go to Japan, see mount Fuji
(  ) See the Great wall of China
(  ) World Cruise
(  ) Hawaii
(  ) Australia
(  ) New zealand (see where lord of the rings was filmed)
(  ) London England (see all my king and queen history)
(  ) Paris France
(  ) Alnwick Castle an various other United Kingdom castles (harry potter hogwarts based off them)
(  ) Jack the Ripper tour in London and other tours http://www.premiumtours.co.uk/

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