Sunday, July 4, 2010

I am back!

Some people might have guessed by the pictures from my last post... that's right my family has been gone the entire week last week! We went to Disneyland! At one point we thought that we might have to cancel the family vacation, but thankfully, my husband got a job offer soon enough that we were able to carry on with our plans.

We visited Disneyland for two days. I did some research on what to do and which attractions are fun for my kids' age group and such.

We attended the Jedi Academy... the boys were lucky enough to be picked to be young Jedis...

Rachel got to see her most favorite princess, Ariel, and take pictures with her and got her autograph. She was in heaven! (According to Michael, these princesses freaked him out. I asked him why. His ansewer: "Too much makeup!")

There was so much to see, and so much to do. There was no way that we could cover the whole park in just two days. Although, we were able to hit most of the attractions and rides we wanted to experience. We all had a blast.


The second day, we saw the fireworks and fantasmic (light and water show at night). I espescially loved the fireworks. Watching that I understood why people keep going back to Disneyland.

We also went to a beach. I lived closer to the beaches until I moved to Utah. Sitting at the beach, watching the waves, and feeling the wind made me realize how much I miss being near the ocean.


The rest of the week, we played in the pool at the hotel we stayed at, had dinner at Mideval times (Dinner & show where mideval knights wwould fight, and show off their skills, the kids LOVED this too).

Also, my husband totally dedicated one day for me to do a Japanese store shop-hop. That was so sweet of him! There are many Japanese grocery stores and book stores in the area. Oh... I was in heaven!!! I love books, and I read some books in english, but it's nothing like reading a book in your own language. In Utah, there are no Japanese book stores. If I buy them online, the cost of shipping is more than the actual price of the book.

I went to three Japanese book stores and one of them was a very large chain used-book store that I used to go to with my mom and my sister. I always have stack of books by my nightstand to read. There I found many books that I wanted to read for $1 each! I was soo excited!

Eventhough I love where I live now, I really wished that I could live right next to the beach and the Japanese bookstores.

On Saturday, we got home at 3:30 AM. And by late afternoon, we headed out to our Fourth of July family picnic.

We were sad to see our fun family vacation come to an end. Although, as I was tucking Rachel in bed she said "I missed my bed..."; I felt the same way. It is good to be home.

I guess we can enjoy our vacation because we know we have a place to go home to.


  1. A wonderful uplifting, heartfelt article. So pleased you were able to keep the vacation, that your husband has a job so soon, that each member of your family found something to delight them on the trip. And that there is still "no place like home."

    What a wonderful read to begin my own week. Thanks so much. Jane

  2. Sounds like a wonderful family vacation that your children will remember for years to come. Visiting Disney is like magic for a child.
    PS if you are ever in Toronto, be sure to visit our wonderful Japanese shops! PPS The Japan / Paraguay game was so exciting - I was rooting for Japan.

  3. Sounds like fun! I'm glad you guys got to go.

  4. Nothing better than a family holiday, does amazing things for the soul!! Glad you got some "you" time...second best thing!! x

  5. Love the Jedi Academy! When we went my kids insisted we go three times just so they could all get the chance to be a Jedi.
    Thanks for letting us vicariously tag along.


  6. So glad you got to go on your vacation. I know how hard it is to have to cancel a trip. My son would love that Jedi Academy!

  7. Your vacation sounds a lot like the vacations we take to California. My husband is half Japanese. We have list of stores we go to. I love going to Japanese dollar stores. I find THE best carrot pealers there.
    I also wanted to tell you that I followed your tutorials for both the white and pink ruffled shirts. I wore the pink one to church while we were on vacation in South Dakota. After church, a lady came up to me and said she follows your blog too and had been wanting to try making the pink shirt as well. :)

  8. That looks like so much fun! The Jedi academy is great!

  9. What a fun vacation and so glad it worked out for you. Good thing you went when you did - yestarday & today are gloomy days here in OC.

  10. ohh girlll. im a california girl through and through. i love going home to the ocean and the people and smells and even the traffic. but utah is home for now, and just like you said, its nice to sleep in your own bed too. im so glad u guys got to go!

  11. Beautiful Post. What a wonderful vacation and I'm excited for your book finds. I don't know how I could live without lots of books at my disposal. So I'm very happy for your books and your fun trip and to come home to your own bed... yay!

  12. Great pictures! Brings back fond memories we took our girls to DisneyWorld last May for my daughter's 8th birthday. I don't think we ever get too old for Disney, we love it! Have a great week!

  13. Seems like you guys had a great time! I am glad!

    Look at what I found at Old Navy, that reminded me of your blog!

  14. Cami-

    That is so sweet of you to let me know about what happened at church! It is always nice to hear that people enjoy reading or making stuff off my blog.
    I am so glad that your shirt turned out well. :)

  15. you have an award from arts crafts n hobbies


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