Thursday, February 26, 2015

Pancake breakfast benefit at Wesleyanna UMC

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This pancake breakfast fundraiser at Wesleyanna UMC in Athens, Tennessee is sure to be a hit. Proceeds benefit the mission team and church outreach ministries. Get your ticket from a team member or from Rev. John Crabtree while they last.

Saturday, March 7, 2014
8:00 – 10:30 am
Tickets $5.00

Pancake Breakfast
Wesleyanna United Methodist Church
Community Building
649 Country Road 609
Athens, Tennessee

Breakfast includes:
pancakes, sausage, beverage, trimmings.
Takeout plates available.

Proceeds benefit the mission team.

Some tickets will be available at the door. Contact Rev. Crabtree at the link above or call 423-494-4045 to support the team.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

How to survive a road trip with teens

Does the thought of taking a teenager on a road trip drive you crazy? If so, you can relax. These tips for traveling with teens will help you have the getaway you want and have fun doing it. Traveling with teens on a road trip isn't all bad. After all, vacationing together gives you the chance to reconnect and catch up with each other.

A family road trip has been used as a bonding experience for generations. My family is no exception. With teens in town, we've crossed the United States a few times and driven north into Canada. I'm proud to say that there has been very few hair pulling experiences. We've always managed to relax and enjoy the experiences.

Prepping the car for vacation.
Through the years I've found that the trick to traveling with teens on a road trip is to keep them occupied. They can easily become bored on a long road trip. Having a few activities can help keep them actively engaged on the road trip. As you can see from the list below, the activities don't have to all be fun and games to be effective.

Here are a few ideas that may help when traveling with teens.

Talk with your teen.
When traveling with teens on a road trip the first thing you need to do is talk with your teen. Ask what they would like to do to pass time in the car. You may be surprised at what he or she will come up with.

Involve them.
A bored teen is an unhappy teen and unhappy teens can lead to unhappy vacations. To help your youth stay engaged on the trip it's a good idea to give them something to do.
When traveling with teens on a road trip it can help to make them feel like an adult. Are you tracking gas mileage, keeping a vacation budget or reading the map? These may be perfect for delegating to the back seat.

Mail duty.
Many teenagers enjoy the idea of mail duty. Before traveling with teens on a road trip outfit yours with postcard stamps, pens and an address book. Toss in a few bucks to buy postcards with and you're all set. Likely recipients are friends and family members, children or older people that you know.

Vacation playlist
Teenagers love music. When traveling with teens on a road trip you can put this passion to work. Assign your youth the task of developing a vacation playlist. You may have to set parameters but this task is one that your teenager will jump at the chance to take on.

Photojournalism
When traveling with teens on a road trip someone has to record all those memorable moments. It's a back seat job that your teenager may jump at the chance to have.

This article originally appeared on the Yahoo Contributor Network in 2011.

What tips or ideas do you have about surviving a road trip with teenagers. Help others leave the teenage angst at home. Leave your suggestions in the comments section below.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

plan your vacation during winter storms

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Old Man Winter got you down? Tired of the snow and ice? Strike back at the winter weather by planning your next vacation. The summer travel season will be here soon. There's no need to wait until April to start planning. Begin researching potential places one, and you'll be ready to pack your bags while your friends are still planning.

A few reasons to start planning your vacation during the winter include:

Reduced rates by booking in advance
Room availability
Find the best deals on packages, rental cars etc.
Planning the itinerary that works for your family. More time to plan means that you can pick and choose the attractions that your family likes best

And, it may help you beat the winter doldrums. Winter won't last forever, but good vacation memories will last a lifetime. Wherever you decide to go, ghettos a starvation or a big vacation, I hope you have a fun trip planning experience.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

How to survive a road trip with preschoolers

Yes! You can survive a road trip with preschoolers. Ever since my kids were tots we darted around the country by taking one road trip and then another. We would pack the car, grab the tots and take off. In this article, I'll share my tips that helped us survive a road trip with preschoolers. Don't panic or worry. Everyone on the trip can have a good time. We did.

Depart before dawn.
Leaving before the sun comes up helps make traveling with preschoolers easy. The kids were less likely to wake up cranky and traveled better than when we left later in the day. It also gives Mom and Dad a chance to catch up before the kids need attention.

Clothes make a difference.
When it comes to surviving a road trip with preschoolers, what they wear to bed makes a difference. Dress them in soft clothing the night before a trip. The next morning, all you have to do is take care of personal needs and put them in the car. The kids can get dressed later in the morning when they are awake and when you need to make a stop.

Start packing a few days ahead of time.
Take your time when packing by starting early. You'll be less likely to forget something if you start packing a few days before the trip. Some of your items, extra batteries, clothes that the kids can do without for a couple of days, small toys and prepacked snacks can be packed a few days in advance. The car can be 95% packed the day before you leave.

Comfort items are a must.
Pack at  least two comfort items in a tote bag and don't forget the bag. In case one item is lost (gasp!), then the second item may help.

Keep cool.
Be prepared to run the air conditioner occasionally no matter what the season. Cool air helps prevent back seat car sickness and reduces temper flares. It's one of the tips about how to survive a road trip with preschoolers that really helped.

Let them run.