RE: Motoral walkie talkies
We borrowed a pair of the really nice Motorola walkie talkies to use on a ski trip last year-- my husband likes to ski tougher runs than I do :) Anyway, they were great on the slopes. For everyday use? I can't see it being helpful. We live in a suburban sprawlish kind of area, and we'd be out of range way too quickly.
A couple years ago we bought a set at Best Buy (maybe a cheapo version of the Motorola?) for my BIL & SIL to use at Disney-- they lived in Orlando and were there quite a bit. They were maybe $30-$40, and did the trick for the theme parks just fine.
Mommy to DS (9/03) and DD (5/08)