Over the weekend

We had a pretty quick weekend visiting family in San Francisco.

On Saturday it was our nieces Crystal’s 4th birthday (Jovie’s favorite cousin and best friend) and we had so much fun, and ate so much food! Chicken and fish katsu, pork curry, lumpia, samosas, chow mein, and all the dessert and candy you can ask for. It was definitely a gluttonous day when it came to food! Then we spent the night binge watching some more Bates Motel!

Jovie saw all of her extended family at the party, and I totally forgot that Chinese New Year of the Rooster was last weekend, so everyone is handing her red envelopes! Now this girl has more luck and more money than me ♡

Sunday we came back to Plumas Lake to watch the Super Bowl and to get ready for the new week! And seriously, how about that game!? Falcons were in the lead by 25! WOWZERZ!!! Any who, it’s more fun to watch when your teams are not playing hehe. And how about that Gaga performance? LOVED!

Now to get all of this baby stuff out of storage, do lots of laundry since all of this stuff haven’t been touched in a year, and organize for little girls arrival! I am guessing 3-5 weeks for her to make her debut.

And still, no baby name yet! Eek

xoxo

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Disneyland in December 2016

Hi everyone, hope you all are getting your Christmas shopping done (I know we’re not there yet).

I survived a Disneyland trip during the holidays, with a 22 month old, at 6 months pregnant (phew). We recently just got back from our trip to Disneyland in Anaheim, CA with Jack’s sister Tracy, her husband Alberto, and their daughter Crystal. It was a 7hr drive from northern California.

With me being 6 months pregnant, I was scared I would be tired, in pain from back aches, or cranky, but I really enjoyed it. I barely feel pregnant as it is, so I felt fine. As long as I had my comfy shoes, water/snacks, and lots of bathroom breaks, I was happy.

We were there for 3 days, and each day we walked around 7-8 miles (crazy). We did so much walking, and tried to go on every single kiddy ride. We watched the Christmas parade, Paint the Night parade, saw the fireworks, enjoyed the festival of holidays parade, the Holiday World of Color water and lights show, and I got to enjoy my first experience tasting Pineapple Dole Whip (which was amazing)! This trip was mainly for Jovie and Crystal, so the focus was for them to enjoy it as much as possible.

It was worth every minute. Especially with Jovie being 22 months old, we figured she would be at that age to start to understand everything and enjoy it, and she did! I was worried it would be too much stimulation for her with all the people, music, lights, rides, and just all the commotion, but she was fine and took it all in like a champ.

Jovie loved the parades; she danced, clapped her hands, and waved at all the characters. She met lots of characters and met Santa (she cried when she met Santa). She said hi to the characters by their names and blew them kisses, it was amazing to watch.

I’m not gonna lie (maybe it’s the hormones) but I would get emotional watching her get excited, she just had a blast and it makes me so happy to see her enjoying herself. I had more fun watching her get excited!

I finally got a chance to sit down and go through our photos. Combined we took around 1,000 photos, but I narrowed it down to 187 (you can click on the first photo and scan through them).

Hope you all enjoy these photos, as always, thanks for stopping by!

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Bishop’s Pumpkin Farm

 

 

We have been hearing so many great things about Bishop’s Pumpkin Farm located in Wheatland, CA, so we just had to come see this place for ourselves. Jacks family was in town so we had to go! And I must say, I was totally impressed! This place is not just a pumpkin patch, they have so many attractions, dining, bakeries, and shops. Bishop’s even make their own fresh baked pies and apple cider! It is almost like going to the fair, so much to do and your feet will get tired! I wish I had taken more photos, but when your having fun you forget about your camera. Enjoy!

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A Weekend in San Francisco

 

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Happy Monday everyone!

This past weekend was a busy one running around San Francisco with Jacks family. So I decided to write a recap of our fun filled (yet exhausting) weekend! (Photos are posted below).

Whenever I personally visit my hometown of San Francisco, I always think to myself, “you never know what you have until it’s gone,” This is so true on so many levels. When I lived in San Francisco, I took it for granted. I was a busy young go-getter working two jobs hustling my way into this busy city that I never really got to enjoy it. I’ve never been to Alcatraz, Lombard Street, or tried any new hip restaurants; and the list goes on. Since Jack joined the military and we moved away to places like Alabama and Alaska, I realized how much I missed San Francisco. I left my heart in San Francisco, it is seriously one of the most beautiful cities I have ever had the privilege of growing up in. If you haven’t been, I highly suggest adding it to your bucket list.

On Friday we weren’t even planning on visiting SF at all this weekend, but Jack came home early and spontaneously suggested, “Hey! Lets go to SF!” and I just couldn’t say no, haha. So I did laundry, cleaned our house, packed, got Ted settled with his sitter, and we were off. We picked up Jacks sister Tracy on the way since she was just getting off of work. Jovie was so excited to see Auntie Tracy, because if she knew Auntie Tracy was around, than her Cousin Crystal can’t be far, and they are really like mini best friends. Friday night we went to go eat at our usual Vietnamese restaurant in Daly City called Pho Huynh Hiep 3 and the food here is just delicious! They can get pretty busy, so get there early.

Saturday was super busy! First we went to go check out Pier 39. I always love visiting this place because it always brings me back to my childhood. Its pretty cool, and it was Jovie’s first time, so I was excited. You can see Alcatraz, the Bay Bridge, and the Golden Gate Bridge from the Pier, plus much more. We walked the Pier, they had a farmers market going on, saw the ferry building, visit the playground, Jo and Crystal went on a carousel, got some yummy Trish’s Mini Donuts, and saw the sea lions. Jovie was fascinated by the huge body of “water” ocean  🙂

After the Pier we walked to Fishermans Wharf, its a short one minute walk from Pier 39. Fishermans Wharf have lots of shopping, souvenir stores, all kinds of restaurants, and street performers. Jack and his family decided on In & Out for lunch, but my pregnant picky self wanted to try Chipotle for the first time.

After lunch we drove across the Golden Gate Bridge to Marin County, we wanted to see the famous Point Bonita Lighthouse. It’s about a 10 minute drive through the beautiful scenic Golden Gate National Recreation Area, and a 0.5 mile walk to get to the light house. Since it’s by the ocean, it was very windy and cold up there, so if you visit bring lots of layers to warm up. But right when we reached the lighthouse, the bridge to the lighthouse was closed for maintenance. We were so bummed we couldn’t go to the actual lighthouse, but got to see it from a distance, we still enjoyed the hike and got some pretty photos. They will open back up in October, so we will be back.

Our Saturday was just halfway over. After the lighthouse, we went to this fun place for the kids called Peek-a-Boo factory on West Portal Street. Jovie and Crystal had a blast, they did not want to leave, we ended up staying til closing. By this time I was pooped, I wanted to go back home to take a nap.

After the Peek-a-Boo factory we went to our favorite place to eat, Ling Ling Cuisine on San Bruno Street. This place to us has the most delicious Chinese food we’ve ever tasted anywhere (and we’ve tried a lot of places). It never fails, always our go to spot when we are in San Francisco. After dinner, we stopped by a few places for some shopping, then finally went home.

Sunday morning we decided to drive back to Plumas lake. But before we hit the road we had to stop by our favorite dim sum place Good Luck Dim Sum and Chinese bakery Cherry Blossom Bakery for some treats. Both places are located on Clement Street, Clement also have other little asian markets, stores, and restaurants stretching a few blocks. Once we got our food, we said our goodbyes, and drove the two hours back home to prepare for another week!

Phew, this ends our weekend recap, hope you all try out some of these places, let me know if you do!

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Exploring Yosemite Valley

Of course seeing all that Yosemite National Park has to offer in just one day is nowhere near possible. Since it was our first time visiting, we wanted to rent a van and explore. We decided to visit an area called Yosemite Valley, one of the most popular areas in Yosemite.

Yosemite Valley is kind of like your one stop shop. It has a visitor center, restaurants, beautiful scenic views, lodging, camp sites, and hiking trails, all surround by wildlife and beautiful trees.

We decided to visit during Labor Day weekend, and man was it BUSY! I mean bumper-to-bumper traffic. It is also the 100th Birthday of National Parks. So yeah, we could have visited during a slower time, but in the end, it was worth it.

We did a bit of hiking, but mostly drove around. I would have to say the Tunnel View location was my absolute favorite! It was like looking at a painting, so surreal. Tunnel view is a viewpoint where you can see all of Yosemite Valley, Half Dome, El Capitan, and Bridalveil Falls. Since we visited in the end of summer, most of the waterfalls were close to dried up.

It took about 4 hours to drive to Yosemite from our home in Plumas Lake, California, and another 4 hours to get back. And the long car rides with an impatient one year old was going to make me pull my hair out. Jovie probably made me chase her all day long. It was a tiring day; I suggest going very early (I mean get there by 6am early), lots of snack, lots of water, and comfy shoes. Being 3 months pregnant did not help either, but I’m glad we came. We are already planning to come back. If you haven’t visited Yosemite Valley, I highly suggest it.

Enjoy these photos from our short trip.

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Jo with her cousin Crystal.

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Bridalveil Falls.

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Tunnel View on Wawona Road.

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El Capitan.

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