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Friday, April 29, 2011

Painted Carpets Copan, Honduras

Our family traveled to Copan, Honduras for Easter.  Here is a picture of the completed "painted carpet"  they at Easter. I will post soon with pictures of the whole process!

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Getting to Honduras

     We get up at the ridiculous hour of 3 AM. We hustle to be ready in time for our ride to pick us up. We drive thirty minutes to the Las Vegas airport. I try to curb side check, but apparently you can’t do that anymore for international flights. I take my three kids and go inside to wait in line. We get through security without any issues and on board our first 4.5 hour flight to Miami. My kids are excited to fly, but how long will the excitement last.
     None of the kids can get to sleep on the plane. I’m worried how to keep them entertained when they start a kids movie on the plane, Gulliver’s Travels. Yea! This kills a good two hours.  (Gulliver’s Travels was a good movie and my kids thought it was hilarious.  I thought it was stupid and I can tell why it didn’t do well in the theater.) 
     We get to Miami for our seven hour layer. We go eat at a Mexican food place, Jose Cuervo tequileria.  It looks nice in terminal D, but turns out to be just okay and expensive.  They also did not serve chips and salsa.  I think all Mexican restaurants should serve chips and salsa. 
     Now we have six hours to go. I make the decision to go over to terminal E to the Military Lounge. I’m not sure what to expect.  The last USO place I went to wasn’t that great. I was not sure if it would be open or not and we had to go through security again if we went to it. I am so glad we went. It is a large lounge with two rooms set up for families. Bathrooms, half kitchen, living room, computers, free food, and free wi-fi. We get set up in one of the rooms. It has two futons, blankets, sheets, pillows, tv, and vcr. My kids watch cartoons for a couple of hours and I lay down to rest. Again, no one sleeps, but everyone is at least happy. This is more than I could have hoped for. I assumed the entire day would be a disaster. We leave Miami and head toward Honduras. We are all very excited to see Daddy. We leave late, but at least this is only a 2.5 hour flight and they play tv shows to whole way down.
     We arrive in San Pedro Sula, Honduras at the crappiest airport I have ever seen.  My husband said this airport was way better than the one in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

Mom Moment: We don’t spot a bathroom until we are already in the customs line.  I tell the kids to hold it.  Not realizing that we have gotten in the line of the girl who is being trained to process people.  It takes an hour to get through customs

     We get our luggage and asked by no less then 15 men if we need help with our bags. We walk through the double doors I have been staring at for an hour and the first person I see is my husband. Sweet, Sweet relief. Relief you can hardly imagine. He has driven 2.5 hours from where he is currently deployed to get us. The kids are positively giddy to see him for the first time in 3 and a half months. We have an intense 30 minute drive to the hotel. The locals drive like crazy people. There appear to be no traffic laws here. We make it to our hotel, the Hilton Princess at 9PM. We’ve made it to Honduras and go to bed.

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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Asados Copan Restaurante - Copan Honduras

We went to Asados Copan Restaurante for lunch after a great morning at the ruins in Copan, Honduras.  Our taxi driver recommended it.  Mr. Banana had also pointed it out while we were walking to the ruins.  It's a steak place and the menu is in Spanish.  We were not exactly sure what we ordered.  I can't remember what it was called, but it was a lunch special for two people.  It was the best meal we had during our time here.  I highly recommend it. 
     We thought for sure we had miscommunicated with the waiter because of the amount of food they brought out.  We had enough food to feed all of us and some left over.  When they brought out our bill we saw that it was what we had ordered.  Their lunch for two was enough to feed our family of five.  For the lunch special, an appetizer, and drinks for 5 people was $30.  I have to mention that they also have clean bathrooms.
    Copan, Honduras Asados Restaurante

Copan, Honduras Asados Restaurante

Copan, Honduras Asados Restaurante

Here is the cook preparing our meal.  Yes, all of it is for us.  Steak, chicken, pork chops, sausage, beans, pico de gallo, and grilled onions. 

Copan, Honduras Asados Restaurante

This is a popular appitizer here.  It is queso with chorizo and beans.

Copan, Honduras Asados Restaurante

Here is my daughter with her new cornhusk doll.  There were lots a little girls selling these for a 30 lempuras.
Copan, Honduras Asados Restaurante
Check out other great restaurants in Copan.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Make Money with Twitter

SponsoredTweets referral badge I have recently discovered SponsoredTweets and so far I really like it.  I have already made money with them.  It is simple to use.  You can pick and choose which tweets you want to send out.  As long as you included the required elements you can write what you want.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

10 Educational Websites

Here is a list of 10 great FREE educational websites

http://www.eduplace.com/tales/ - for 3rd grade and up where the kids can write mad-libs of a variety of topics.  Shows the kids parts of speech and how to write a tale.

http://www.eduplace.com/kids/games.jsp - This site has four educational games your kids can play.  Spelling, geography, and word finds.

Time Magazine website for kids
News for kids Weekly Reader
National Geographic for kids
Fema for kids

Nasa for kids! 

http://www.wildlifeart.org/learn/ArtToEducation/ is a great site for educating children on wildlife art.

Book Adventure is a FREE reading motivation program for children in grades K-8. Children create their own book lists from over 7,000 recommended titles, take multiple choice quizzes on the books they've read, and earn points and prizes for their literary successes.

BBC has a great educational website on every school subject. 

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Monday, April 25, 2011

Scrap Yard Adventure by Matchbox cars - review

     We were so excited when Matchbox cars sent us a fun toy to try out: Big Rig Buddies Scrap Yard Adventure.  It came on a great day too.  My son had taken a nap without throwing a fit, so I used it as a prize for good behavior! 
     Like any other 4 year old he loves cars.  Surprisingly enough my other two kids still play with cars too; sometimes.  They have been having a lot of fun with this set.  It is a different from other car sets I have gotten the kids in the past.  Like they others it has many moving parts, but this one you set up.  You can set it up the way you like.  Of course this means more pieces, instead of just one car track. 
     I like the fact that the kids have to think about how to put it together and then can brain storm for other ways to put it together.  It is never to early to work on your child's engineering skills. 
     The truck it came with was unique too.  It is flexible so the truck can move. 

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