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Friday, March 16, 2012

East Portland Community Center indoor pool

Looking for an indoor pool in Portland, OR?

The EPCC indoor pool area is fun and cheap. For one adult and three kids I paid $14.75. The pool had life jackets your kids can use, but my kids found them uncomfortable. I highly recommend bringing your own life jackets. You will also want to bring towels, a lock for your locker, flip flops, goggles, floaties and toys.
East Portland Community Center indoor pool

The large body slide is for riders 48" and taller. Kids that don't meet the height requirement can go down in their parent's lap. A large part of the pool is less than 3 feet deep. Not seen in any of the pictures is the lazy river and a whirlpool kids can go around and around.
East Portland Community Center indoor pool
This picture doesn't show you the entire hot tub. It's for ages 16 and up.
East Portland Community Center indoor pool
There is a separate pool for swimming laps. It also had a roped off area for playing water basketball.
East Portland Community Center indoor pool

In the shallow area is a slide for toddlers.
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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

7 Money Saving Travel Websites

There are loads of money saving travel websites to choose from. I utilized an assortment of websites to get the best travel deals I can find.  Here is a list of my 7 favorite travel discount sites right now.

CheapOair.com CheapOair is one a use a lot to find the cheapest airfare.  Through this site I was able to get 4 round trip tickets from Vegas to Honduras last minute under $2200.  I think that is pretty good!

 Travelocity makes it easy to compare airfares. You can also set up fare watchers.

Priceline has been one of my favorite sites for a long time.  I have been successful bidding on several occasions and felt like I saved a lot of money.

Flightnetwork.com -Specializing in Cheap Flights F Flight Network runs some pretty good deals at times.  So, they are always worth checking out. You never know when their deal might be to your city.

HipMunk is a newer website that I've been using a lot to check airfare prices. I love the way they display the choices.

Travelzoo has deals on everything involving a vacation: lodging, airfare, activities, and more. I'm always booking something through them.

Hotel Tonight is a new travel app that can save you a load on hotels.  They release a list of available hotels at noon each day. If you can tolerate not booking a hotel until the last minute, then this site will save you large amounts of money.

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Monday, March 12, 2012

The Easter Story Craft

Easter Story craft
The Easter Story craft is designed to help explain the Easter story to kids, especially toddlers.  You will need 12 eggs filled with the following:

1 - cracker
2 - dime
3 - rope
4 - purple cloth
5 - thorn
6 - cross
7 - nail
8 - sponge
9 - toothpick
10 - guaze
11 - rock
12 - leave empty

Be sure to number each egg.  I like to hide them around the house and let the kids hunt for them.  Then they can line them up in order.  This is a great way to work on numbers for smaller kids.

The Easter Story

1 - cracker     The Last Supper at the Passover was a time Jesus had a special meal together with His 12 disciples. They had the meal in an upstairs room of a house. Jesus took a cup of grape juice and a flat loaf of bread, and prayed a thank-you prayer. He told His disciples, "Whenever you drink this, remember Me." After dinner, Jesus and His disciples went to a garden to pray. After they were done praying, one of Jesus' followers named Judas came up to Jesus.

2 - dime     Judas had soldiers with him. Then he did a strange thing. He kissed Jesus on the check. The soldiers had paid Judas silver money to tell them which one was Jesus. Then the soldiers arrested Jesus. Next, they were very mean to Jesus.

3 - rope     They took rope to bind His hand so He couldn't move them.

4 - purple cloth     They put a purple robe on Him and made fun of Him because He told them He was the King of the Jews.

5 - thorn     They made a crown of thorns that they put on His head. They beat Him with a whip.

6 - cross     Then they wanted to put Him to death. He was going to go through all of this so we could be forgiven for our sins.

7 - nail     They took nails and hammered Him up on the cross and put the cross up.

8 - sponge     He was hungry and thirsty. To be mean, they put a sponge with something sour (like vinegar) up to His mouth. It tasted awful to Him - He spit it out! He hung there for 6 hours, the He died.

9 - toothpick     After they saw He was dead, the soldier took a spear and put it into His side.

10 - guaze     His friends took His body down and wrapped it in gauze getting Him ready to be buried.

11 - rock     They put His body in the grave and placed a big huge stone in front of it so no one could steal His body. Then soldiers were put on guard to watch.

The Good News is Jesus didn't stay dead! Early Sunday morning some women came to visit the place where Jesus was buried.

12 - leave empty     They found an angel and the angel said, "He is not here! He is Risen! He is Alive! Go tel your friends!

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