The Last (Almost) 2 Weeks in Pictures


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grandfather and two kids with a car in their background

On Tuesday – and I can’t believe that I am writing this – the kids and I will already have been gone from home 2…whole…weeks.  The above picture is the morning we started out from my parents place, with my dad, for our road trip to Disneyland.

For those of you who think I am crazy, it’s actually fun. The kids are well-trained and learned in the ways of road trips, our first one to Disney was when they were 3 and 5 and they are pros by now.

Start ’em young and they’ll love it.

Start drinking wine and you’ll survive it. As long as you are the passenger, of course.

So in the past 12 days we’ve:

Stayed in Idaho Falls…..

two kids dragging a baggage moving to the door

…just plain been in the company of the best kids EVER. I am so proud of them for being so fabulous. Ten hours in the car on one day and they were absolutely amazing.

top down photo of young siblings laying in the bed

We’ve swum in many hotel pools along the way.

two kids enjoying the pool

Stopped in Vegas at Circus Circus and conned Papa into winning us prizes.

young siblings in the kitchen, older boy holding a dresses monkey

Done homework by the pool.

boy and girl siblings busy with paper works

And of course, we’ve hit Disneyland.

girl and boy siblings enjoying the ride in Disneyland together with their grandfather


girl and boy siblings enjoying the ride in Disneyland

Falling asleep in the bike stroller on the walk home after a long day at Disney and fireworks was also accomplished.

young siblings sleeping

We’ve taken our cousin to the ocean for his first time and at one of our favorite beaches, Huntington Beach, AKA Surf City USA. Running in the sand, getting wet, watching surfers, collecting shells and walking the boardwalk were all checked off our to-do list.

three kids playing and enjoying the sand at the beach

Many Archie comics have been read after a long day.

two kids reading comics during bedtimes

Uncle Wyatt joined the fray and flew in this past Saturday. Apparently he was greatly missed.

man carrying the little girl

But not by me, because now I have 3 kids.

If you doubt me, take a peek at the picture below.

man in the middle of two kid at the back seat of the car

We’ve rocked aviators.

little girl looks like a rock star

My sister, my son and I visited the Cleopatra exhibit at the California Science Centre and were transported back in time to ancient Egypt for an hour. Mr K may look like he’s bored, but that’s because I tried to take this picture no less than 10 times. He was as enthralled as I was, we are so lucky to have caught this exhibit while we were here.

young boy inside the Cleopatra exhibit

Uncle Wyatt has taught many new, unwanted tricks to the kids in a mere 2 days.

little boy and a man in wacky faces

We visited Legoland and were awed by Miniland.

two young kids at Miniland inside the Legoland

And waited in line for a long…long time for rides there.

three little kids waiting in line for riders

If all that wasn’t enough, we walked the Vegas strip while there,  the LA Zoo was also visited and outlets have been shopped at.

Tomorrow we are visiting the Aquarium of the Pacific followed by hitting the beach again, most likely Huntington for one more soak in the sun and surf before we do three….straight…..days at Disney now that Uncle Wyatt has joined us.

Then Friday we are off to my favorite city in the world. I am so excited to return and dream again about moving there, just being in that city makes my soul sing and my heart happy.


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