Archive for the ‘Travel’ Category

Downtown Disney, Seal Beach, Disneyland Anaheim, CA

Posted by: Frances

March 1st, 2011 >> Outdoor Activities, Travel

This weekend I had so much fun!!!  On Saturday night I went to the House of Blues in Downtown Disney.  I walked all around Downtown Disney and was suckered into the Miss Match Store.  This store sell socks in packs of 3 and each sock is different.  I just couldn’t buy one pack, I had to buy two so they would match.  There was also this really cool store called Ride Makerz.  Basically, you build your own race car and pick all your parts.  I had some fun in there!  The best part about tonight was I found some really awesome Minnie Mouse ears that I just had to buy!  Lastly, we headed over to LegoLand!  That was just soo cool!


My Miss Match Socks & my Minnie Ears


Ride Makerz: I want one of these


Woody & I at LegoLand


Amber & I with the “Robot”

On Sunday, I took a trip down to Seal Beach for a relaxing afternoon.  It was a bit chilly, but I enjoyed a nice walk and took some pictures.


Seal Beach


Seal Beach Pier

On Monday, I went to Disneyland in Anaheim.  Oh my gosh I had such a great time!  The rides were just like the ones in Disney World except there were one or two I had not been on that Disney World did not have.  The Indiana Jones ride was really cool, it actually scared me for a second there.  At the end of the night we had some interesting entertainment watching an man play Make Pinocchio Dance.  Very, very funny!  I just absolutely loved the Buzz Lightyear Ride, we actually went on this one twice along with Space Mountain.  To see all these pictures see my facebook page.  Here are my favorites:


Minnie & Me


Amber Caudill & I Buzz Lightyear ride (She kicked my butt)


Amber & I with HATS!


The man playing “Make Pinocchio Dance”

Santa Barbara, CA Weekend

Posted by: Frances

February 7th, 2011 >> Hang Gliding, Outdoor Activities, Travel

This weekend Matt and I went to Santa Barbara, CA to see Zac, Hang Glide, and hang out at the beach.  On Saturday, Matt and Zac both flew from “The Eliminator” launch site.  I brought the dogs with us and walked them all over.  The view from the launch is so beautiful!  I can’t even imagine how beautiful it was for Matt and Zac as they flew.


Standing on “The Eliminator” Launch Site

The next adventure after the two of them finished their awesome flights, we headed to Hendry’s Beach with the dogs.  That was fun and relaxing.  We walked up and down the beach as the dogs played.  We also got to see an amazing sunset.


Me at Hendry’s Beach


Matt and I

One of the other neat things I saw at the beach besides the gorgeous sunset, are ladybugs.  They are everywhere.  That was very unusual for me to see.


The Ladybug

After they both enjoyed their flights and the beach, we went to the Santa Barbara Shellfish Company for some dinner.  We ordered the 3 lb Local Rock Crab Special.  The crab was still all together when it was served.  Then, I was taught how to properly crack the crab to get to the meat.  Needless to say, we made a mess.  It was very good and there was definitely some excitement in it for me.


Santa Barbara Shellfish Company


The Crab

On Sunday, the guys went up to fly again and attempt to fly to East Beach.  It was a gorgeous day.  I wondered East Beach with the dogs the majority of the afternoon.  It was very relaxing.  Very few people were at the beach, which was very nice.  I let the dogs loose to play and enjoyed the sun.


East Beach Santa Barbara, CA


The dogs…

It was a nice weekend and felt like a vacation getaway!  Thanks Zac and Erin!

December 2010

Posted by: Frances

January 8th, 2011 >> Concerts, Holidays, Movie Mania, Travel

Since Thanksgiving I have done a ton of things.

First, Matt and I attended the Roger Waters (Pink Floyd) The Wall performance at the Staple Center in Los Angeles. We had dinner at the Wolfgang Puck, which was DELICIOUS! The Wall performance was really interesting and parts of it were kind of disturbing. Overall, I enjoyed it though.


Second, Matt and I went hiking at the Chino Hills State Park for hours one afternoon. That was our first time to explore the park near us. It had views of rolling mountains and valleys… gorgeous!


Third, I finished my Bachelor’s Degree in Allied Health from Widener University. I am done!!! I am going back to school at Western Governors University for a Forensic Accounting Degree beginning in February. I am very excited and can’t wait to start the program.

Fourth, Matt and I had two weeks off for the holidays. We drove to Austin, and then flew to Asheville, NC. We were very fortunate and were able to see all of our friends and family, exception of one or two people. We had a fantastic time, but it was really cold! Christmas at his mother’s house was quiet and relaxing.  We went to the Gingerbread Competition at Grove Park Inn for an evening that ended us up in a dual piano bar.  The Gingerbread houses were amazing.  (My favorite is below)  They had all kinds of Christmas trees decorated and displayed that were beautiful.


Next, we flew back to Austin on the 23rd for Christmas with my family and friends. Christmas was crazy, but lots of good food and fun. We went to see Tron at the Texas State Museum Imax in 3D. It was OUTSTANDING!!! I really enjoyed the movie and was very excited to see Disney do such a great job. We also went to the Alamo Drafthouse on 6th St for the Christmas Carol Sing-A-Long. That was full of fun and laughs!

New Years was quiet at home in California and I played with all my new gadgets from Christmas. As always, I watched the New York Ball Drop too.

Here is to a new year full of new experiences and lots of fun and adventure….

Southern California

Posted by: Frances

November 6th, 2010 >> Concerts, Hang Gliding, Outdoor Activities, Travel

Well, so much has happened in the last 3 months I don’t even know where to begin.  First, I am no longer in Greenville, SC.  I was just not myself there and feel like now that things happened the way they did, I have found myself again.  I am unbelievably happier now and making more steps to improving my life and my future.

I am currently in Southern California east of Los Angeles.  I am doing a travel assignment out here and really enjoying it.  I am hoping to be able to start a fresh contract again after this one is complete so I can stay at this hospital.  The people are wonderful there.

Since, I have been in California I have not done too many things except head out to Crestline almost every weekend with Matt for some Hang Gliding excitement.  My lessons are at a halt at this moment, but I am planning on getting back into things come next Spring.   Matt and I have done some very exciting things besides the awesome Hang Gliding weekends of flying and fun.

We went to see Gary Allan in Universal City, which was sooo much fun!!

gary-allan-gibson-amphitheater-universal-city-ca-21Gary Allan

matt-i-gary-allan-concert-2Matt and I at Gary Allan Concert

We also went to the L.A. County Fair one weekend.  They had the Worlds largest Outlaw BBQ Grill there that was pretty neat.  We had a really nice day celebrating 3 years of meeting on the airplane.


Worlds Largest Outlaw Grill



Matt and I as lemons


We also made it out to the ZZ Top and Tom Petty Concert!  I just love Tom Petty and he put on a great show.  That was a lot of fun and a last minute decision to go.


Then, for Matt’s Birthday my sister Jackie came into town and we went to Universal Studios for a day, then made our way to San Diego to the Stone Brewery.  You can see pics of that on Matt’s website.

Lastly, we went back to Austin for my birthday to celebrate with all of my family and friends.   We went to the Oasis to see LC Rocks.  It was a blast as always!  We also ate out at Kerby Lane Cafe and Mighty Fine Burgers, some of Matt’s favorites.  It was a fantastic weekend with everyone.  You can see pictures from this weekend on my facebook page.

Howe Reunion at Tanglewood Resort

Posted by: Frances

July 19th, 2010 >> Travel

This last weekend Matt and I went to the Tanglewood Resort north of Dallas, TX for my family reunion.  It was with the Howe Family on my mothers side.  We had a really great time even though we were only there for a day and a half.  It was nice to see everyone and wish we could see each other more often.  They are a fun bunch of people and even better because I am apart of it.  I am very grateful we were all able to come together this weekend and hang out.  Pictures to come…

Austin, TX

Posted by: Frances

May 20th, 2010 >> Concerts, Travel

Matt and I arrived in Austin, TX on Friday May 14, 2010 at 9:30am.  We had to get up at 4am eastern time and fly!  Early Early Early!!!   When we arrived we went to Kerby Lane Cafe for some lunch with Casey and Jackie.  This is a local restaurant here in Austin that has a great reputation for their food and service.  Matt tried their signature Bloody Mary and couldn’t stop raving about how good it tasted.

Then, Matt and I went to visit with one of my closest friends… Brent!  We all hung out at his condo and relaxed.

Dinner at my parents house was too follow that included some knock out lasagna and chicken alfredo.  Yummy!!!

To wrap up our first day in Austin, Matt, my parents, my aunt and uncle, two of my cousins and their other halves, my sister and her husband, and all of my closest friends went to Sherlock’s Pub for a night of entertainment from LC Rocks. Their video is at  We all had a fantastic time!! I was so happy that they all came out with me to meet everyone and just hang out.  I can safely say I think everyone had a great time.

My immediate family at Sherlocks.  I promise the extended family is there too…


On Saturday, we all attended my brother’s wedding reception.

On Sunday, Matt and I went to see Iron Man 2 in the IMAX in Pflugerville.  I really enjoyed the movie.  I thought the CGI was a little much during the fighting scenes.  I think it should have been slowed down a bit.

I had a great weekend at home and enjoyed seeing all of my family and friends.  I can’t wait to see them all again.

The picture below is my dad, my sister, and I