Salem

Hey guys- I’m not going to be posting for a few days- I’m really going to miss you!   🙂 
But I am hoping to have fun in Salem, MA!  Thanks for sharing your Salem stories!  I’d love to hear any good places to stop- I was only there once, I’d love to try some new places! 
I will have pictures when I get back! 
Hugs!
~Samantha

Happy Hump Day! (hehe)

Hey all!  I’m getting ready for SALEM this weekend!  Really, one of the coolest places to be in October! 
Anyone else going this year or have a fun memory to share? 
YAY, so excited!!!

Punxsutawney, PA!

On the road again..we recently took a trip to Punxsutawney, PA, home to “Punxsutawney Phil”, the famous groundhog!
Punxsutawney is one of the most famous small towns in America thanks to a furry little guy named Punxsutawney Phil. Every year on Groundhog Day (February 2), thousands of people make the trek to Gobbler’s Knob to hear Punxsutawney Phil’s prediction for the length of winter. If he sees his shadow when he emerges from his burrow there will be six more weeks of winter weather; no shadow foretells an early spring. For more information about the legend of Punxsutawney Phil, visit the official web site of the Groundhog Club (Phil’s caretakers) www.groundhog.org.
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Fall Foliage

I love fall.

Smarter Travel has a slideshow of the worlds prettiest fall foliage shots….
so lovely! Our leaves are just starting to change, so this made me feel a bit excited! I love, love, love fall.
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Safe Kids

Just got this in my email…and it’s odd, because my boss was just complaining because she got in trouble at a recent car seat inspection because of how poorly the seats were installed, and how awful she felt. I was thinking, how many other moms out there don’t know how to put in a car seat properly? I don’t! I always bring them to the police station- I never feel like I do it the right way. (no self confidence, what can I say!)
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9 Day Taffic Jam

When we think we are having a bad day, let’s all try to remember this….

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20100823/sc_afp/chinaroadtraffic

China has a 9 DAY LONG TRAFFIC JAM going on right now. Yes, 9 day. DAY.
Read on! Have a fun Tuesday! Stay away from Beijing!!! LOL….Just kidding! If you are in Beijing, send pictures! But not from traffic 🙂

China’s nine-day traffic jam stretches 100km

AFP

China's nine-day traffic jam stretches 100km AFP/File – Vehicles on the road through the central business district in Beijing on August 4. Thousands of vehicles …
Mon Aug 23, 9:18 am ET

BEIJING (AFP) – Thousands of vehicles were bogged down Monday in a more than 100-kilometre (62-mile) traffic jam leading to Beijing that has lasted nine days and highlights China’s growing road congestion woes.
The Beijing-Tibet expressway slowed to a crawl on August 14 due to a spike in traffic by cargo-bearing heavy trucks heading to the capital, and compounded by road maintenance work that began five days later, the Global Times said.
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Ancient Greek Statues- how cool is this?

How cool is this??? You have got to love science (sometimes, haha).
http://io9.com/5616498/ultraviolet-light-reveals-how-ancient-greek-statues-really-looked?skyline=true&s=i

So, original Greek statues were brightly painted, but after thousands of years, they have faded. How many times have you wished you could see what ancient Greece, Rome, Persia (insert country and time of choice here) looked like? Well, now you can get an idea!
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Cheesequake State Park

This weekend, we went to Cheesequake State Park in NJ. It is part of the NJ Coastal Heritage Trail. The kids had a blast- the weather was great, the beach was super, super clean, and the water was calm. The weird thing is, with state parks- no trash cans. You have to take all your trash out with you. It is like this in every state park I have ever been to. This one had a small area for camping- we didn’t camp this time, though. We will have to come back another time. Little Man wants to try out his Spiderman lantern! There was a nice park on the beach grounds, as well as bathrooms and shower/changing areas. It was all very clean.

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