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Embracing imperfection as the kids come home for the holidays


But then we all gather around the table and, as is our tradition, we tell each other what we’re thankful for this year. “Thank you for being such wonderful kids and such terrific, responsible adults. We can’t imagine our lives without you!” Eileen says. more
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In Mexico, a Spa for the Whole Family


Barceló Maya Palace Deluxe
Where are the kids while the parents are at the spa? There are two options: the Barcy Kids Club, where kids get to partake in activities like pool sports and crafts, or the Barcelo Kids Spa. more
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Three Days on the Mexican Riviera at Barcelo Maya


Barceló Maya Palace Deluxe seen from beach
This is Mayan land, we are told, and there is a lot of mysticism around here. So much mysticism that the superstitious-minded believe the world will be ending December 21, 2012. It doesn’t feel like the world is ending at Barceló, though... more
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Fulfilling a long-held dream: the hike from Crested Butte to Aspen


On the trail near the Maroon Bells outside of Aspen
As I struggled to my feet, I smiled remembering all the times her dad and I had been the ones beseeching her and her older brother and sister when they were tired and hungry and we were trying to avoid a meltdown on a ski hill, a hiking trail, Walt Disney World or in the middle of Paris. more
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Remembering the long goodbyes as we took our kids to college


Mel (third from left) and her roomies in latest off-campus digs
Two parents, five overweight bags and a college-bound daughter about to burst into tears. Talk about a stressful beginning to the Long Goodbye. more
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Deals abound for your Princeses at the Disney Parks


Merida from the movie 'Brave' at Walt Disney World (Gene Duncan, photographer)
When I visited Disneyland earlier this summer, moms and dads were busy filming the princess transformation on their iPads and smartphones. “It never gets old for them” said manager Joanna Pisanski more
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Last evening in New York — at the Statue of Liberty


Laurel and Katie Grace at the Statue of Liberty
My family decided to end our stay in the Big Apple with a trip to see the Statue of Liberty. Let me tell you, the “Summer Evenings” Cruise out to the Statue of Liberty was the highlight of our whole trip. more
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Vacation memories: from Plimouth Plantation to Liberty Island


Laurel visits Plimouth Plantation
As summer draws to a close, we all like to think back on this year’s family travels. And why not reminisce on the sweet break we had? This summer I had an experience to last a lifetime. This summer, I got to travel to two large cities: Boston and New York. more
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A kids view of Boston and New York City


The Dhority girls and their mom Christie Yemma strolling in Central Park
What surprised me most about Boston was how history and the modern city were combined. There was a colonial age church between a coffee shop and a bank, cemeteries hidden between buildings ... more
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Nieces on a road trip to Boston and New York City


Laurel Dhority visits historic cemetery along Freedom Trail in Boston
My nieces from Arkansas recently visited Boston and New York with on a two week road trip with their parents. The girls used CityPASSes to visit top attractions and museums in New York and Boston. more
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