If you’ve hung out here before, you know that I still struggle sometimes with the effects of domestic violence from six years ago. My ex stalked and harassed me; and after two attempts at a restraining order, the justice system failed me too.
A lot has changed since then. I’ve had a new phone number for many years. I’ve had two different cars since that time. I moved to a different state for two years. I have a different last name. Yet, sometimes I’ll see a face that resembles his and it’ll stop me in my tracks. I don’t feel terror anymore when that happens, but I carefully scrutinize the person before moving forward.
Last weekend on my way to the bachelorette party, I had to drive through my ex’s hometown. It had been two years since I’ve had to drive through that town, and I didn’t know if it would have any effect on me anymore. In fact, I didn’t even think about it at all until I got there.
Then it hit me. That feeling deep in the pit of my stomach. Terror. I hadn’t experienced it in a while, but in a terrible way, it was familiar.
My hands gripped the steering wheel tighter. I glanced at every car on the road, certain that he would be in it. My mind raced. What would I do if I saw him? Would he recognize me?
I wonder how many more years the terror will linger. Will it ever subside? Will I ever stop seeing him in the face of a stranger?
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Our family is used to road trips. We lived far away from family for two years, and have pretty much perfected the whole road-trip-with-a-baby thing! It wouldn't be much of a stretch for us to consider a road trip for our family vacation. VisitPA.com is making it easy for families to take roadtrips with their Roadtrip-a-Matic tool.
One of the biggest obstacles of the road trip is deciding where to go. Then, which route to take, where to stay, where to stop, and which restaurants to try? I don't know about you, but my husband and I have a difficult time making decisions; and there are a LOT of decisions that go into a roadtrip! The Roadtrip-a-Matic tool makes it easy, because they've done the work of finding great destinations and dining locations for you. You just have to pack and hit the road!
There are many pa-roadtrips to choose from. There's a road trip for the foodie, art lover, history buff, adventurer and more! The "Kidsylvania" road trip sounds like a perfect fit for my family, and there are even three options to choose from based on which region of Pennsylvania we'd like to visit. A summer road trip would be great for us, while Hubster has some flexibility. Hubster, C, and I would pack up the car and head to the City of Brotherly Love for three days and two nights of fun. I think C would absolutely love the Please Touch Museum, where he would be able to check out jungle animals in the Rainforest Rhythm exhibit and finish the visit with a ride on the Dentzel Carousel. I think my favorite stop would be to race Hubster up the famous Rocky steps!
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I absolutely love California, and one place that I have yet to visit is Newport Beach. Having spent a lot of time in SoCal, I’ve heard a lot about the beautiful beaches and coastal cuisine that can be found in Newport Beach. If you’re looking for a summer escape, check out VisitNewportBeach.com for an easy to navigate tool to plan your perfect vacation.
The site offers information on the city, hotel reservations, interactive area maps and information on fun things to do. The first place I would hit up would be the beach! Then I’d be sure to go to a whale watching cruise at Newport Landing before relaxing at a spa.
Have you ever seen anything quite like Newport Beach? I know C would love it! Newport Beach offers some eclectic kids camps. C has several years before he’s ready for camp, but I know that I would have loved the camp at Newport Sea Base. They offer maritime-based programs that include sailing, canoeing, kayaking and more. I’ve never heard of such a cool summer camp! Which activities would you try?
The Hyatt Regency Newport Beach has a great deal for families: buy one room at full price, receive a connecting room for kids 18 and under at 50% off. The hotel is a resort-style bayside destination on 26 acres and boasts 3 pools and whirlpools, shuffleboard, ping pong and a 9-hole, par-3 golf course. To book today, call 800-233-1234 and mention the Family Plan!
Share with me, why do you need this vacation? I need some time at the beach to relax and watch the sunset!