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make memory keeping easierThe little cutie in the photo above is my son Devin, now 20.  Unfortunately, even though I have the best intentions, I have the bad habit of keeping old photos unorganized in a box.  My more recent photos tend to stay on my phone until I dump them onto my computer or into the cloud somewhere.

Think of all the photos and videos we take of our kids. It can all be a bit overwhelming, don’t you think?  RealTimes instantly and automatically makes montages that are perfectly organized by location and date using the photos and videos on your device. Now we can spend less time trying to edit and share photos of our kids to loved ones and more time enjoying the special moments. I wish this service was around when my kids were growing up!!

makingmemory keeping easierAnd this little cutie is me.  Wouldn’t it be great if my mom could have shared this photo right after it was taken?

My nephew turns four in a few months.  I wish my sister-in-law had RealTime so I could see a photo montage of Gage’s birthday party.  They could even include a short video of him opening the gift we are sending him!!  Wouldn’t that be awesome?

Here’s a video that explains how RealTimes works:

You can customize RealTimes Stories by rearranging clips and photos, changing duration and adding filters and soundtracks. RealTimes Stories can be seamlessly shared, as recipients don’t need the app to view the stories.

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Our Family Trip to California’s Great America

family trip to California Great AmericaA few weeks ago our family (minus Boo) had the opportunity to take a day trip to California’s Great America, an amusement park about two hours from our home.

About the Park

California’s Great America is the Bay Area’s most exciting theme park and the best choice for world-class family fun and entertainment! Thrill seekers shoot down Gold Striker, the tallest and fastest wooden roller coaster in Northern California with the longest initial descent tunnel on any coaster.  California’s Great America is the only theme park in California to offer a complete water park inside – free with park admission, Boomerang Bay. In fall, Great America transforms into the ultimate Halloween extravaganza featuring 8 mazes, ghoulish monsters, 3 scare zones and shows. The 100-acre theme park is located on Great America Parkway between highways 101 and 237 in Santa Clara, CA. Open weekends through November.

Our Experience

First, I recommend checking out California’s Great America website to plan your visit.  The park shares a parking lot with the new Levi stadium (home of the SF 49ers) so the park is closed on game days.  Check the calendar online to make sure it will be open on the days you want to visit.

Parking is $15, or you can buy a Preferred Parking pass for $20, which will get you a spot much closer to the front gate.

Food is SUPER expensive. Like $13 for a hot dog, chips and drink.  To save money you can either buy a meal package on the website, which seems like a good deal, especially if you really want to eat a lot while you’re there, OR you can bring your own food.  You can’t bring food into the park, but there are picnic tables right outside and there were many families (including us) tailgating.  We picked up deli sandwiches, chips and drinks and put them in a cooler before we left.  Then, we set a time to meet for lunch, walked back to the car and enjoyed some food in the airconditioning before heading back for some more fun.

Once in the park we got a map, set a time and place to meet and split up.  Bud and Willow wore their swimsuits so they could hit Boomerang Bay, which they loved.  Their favorite ride was Didgeridoo Falls.   Lesson learned here – be sure to bring your own towel because they cost $15 to buy one at the park.  Our kids decided just to drip dry.

family trip to california great americaThe first stop for Art and I was at the Great America Theater to see Aerial Ice Extreme!!  This was a very cool show (performed on synthetic ice) combining ice skating. aerial arts and acrobatics.  These performers first made it big on season 8 of America’s Got Talent (2013).  We enjoyed this show SO much!!  It was exciting and beautiful and I wish it could have lasted longer!!

family trip to california great americaAfter lunch we all ended up on Vortex, a standing rollercoaster which was a lot of fun.  After that, the kids wandered around looking for snacks, while Art and I wandered over to the Delta Flyer, where we got a very nice aerial ride across the park.  On our walk back, we took a peek at Planet Snoopy where kids were enjoying Snoopy’s Splash Dance.

family trip to california great americaI couldn’t resist posing with my favorite dog (sorry Kiff and Katie):

family trip to california great americaWhich brings me to another tip: Bring lots of sunscreen and be sure to wear hats, sunglasses, etc.

After a full day, we were all ready to pile in the car for the ride home.  We had a good time reconnecting with each other at California’s Great America.

Readers can visit with the online Family Four Pack (tickets for just $37.99 each) Use promo code: BLOG4CGA for more information, call 408.988.1776 or visit #greatamerica

I received complimentary passes to the park in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are 100% my own.