It’s almost Christmas Adam! Get it? Since Adam came before Eve 😇
I wanted to share some of our favorite holiday and 50th anniversary treats we got the past few days! 🍭 It was hard not to want to eat everything at Disney because they were all so beautifully made and delicious! Good thing I walked about 25,000 steps a day in the parks, so…bring on the treats 😋🎄🍭
Holiday and 50th Anniversary treats pictured in this post –
Coming to us all the way from Europe, BrickLive is now open in Houston until April 30th, 2022! It is located in the Railway Heights Market, and is a family friendly exhibit your kids will enjoy visiting and learning from.
A few years ago, we took our 3 kids, flew across the Pacific and visited family in Hong Kong. We HAD to visit Hong Kong Disneyland, and had our first experience at Disney’s Avengers themed park. I expected the new Avengers Campus at Disneyland to be similar, but it’s actually quite different!
Two weeks after visiting the great grandparents in Shanghai and finally experiencing the magic at Shanghai Disneyland, we packed up our suitcases and 3 little ones, and flew to Hong Kong to visit my in-laws and more Disney magic at Hong Kong Disneyland!
This was my first time in Hong Kong, and boy was I surprised at just how densely populated but also really beautiful this island is! A little bit of history about Hong Kong – it is part of China but is governed separately, and it has its own economic system. Hong Kong was colonized by the British Empire for 100 years before it was returned to China in 1997. Because of that, a lot of people in Hong Kong speak English and Mandarin, while Cantonese is spoken by everyone.
TIPS for traveling with kids to Hong Kong Disneyland –
We recently traveled to Charleston, South Carolina for our Thanksgiving vacation. We were grateful my parents could come with (one of the many perks for being young parents – the grandparents are young too and can travel with and help out!), and we celebrated baby Warren turning 2! A lot of our friends asked why we picked Charleston over, say Disneyland, or a more popular tourist destination like New York City, Chicago or Seattle. Here are some of my reasons:
Did you know herbal tea is NOT tea? Chamomile and Jasmine, also not tea! On this Milktea Monday, I got to visit America’s one and only tea plantation in Charleston, South Carolina, and learned all about how American Classic tea is made! 🌿
This is what a jetlagged baby looks like in our house 🥺 . . Jetlag is hard enough for me alone, throw in 3 kids who’re also trying to get over 13 hours of time difference…well I’m just grateful I’m a stay home mom and don’t have to get up at a certain time to work! 😆 . . With advice from @thebucketlistfamilyand my international travel expert mommy friend @crystalmoimoi, we “drugged” our kids for the FIRST time ever with children’s melatonin, and I must say the tiny tablet worked rather well on my older two, who slept almost 9 hours straight on the international flight! The baby was too young to be fed one, so he is having a harder time trying to sleep, and we’ve been, yawn, playing with him at 1am because he is so awake at that time! . . Hoping a week is all we need to all get back to normal! If you have experience with how to get over jetlag faster please do share!
One of the things I will miss so much going back to the states is authentic Chinese food! Once you have lived in China for a while like a local, you will know why Panda Express is NOT considered Chinese food (um you can’t even find fortune cookies in China!). . . Sharing a few of my favorite dishes! (I didn’t take enough pics, too busy eating 😆) Everything is always prepared beautifully and delectably, using fresh, local ingredients and seasoned to perfection. Some of my favorites include #桂花糖藕#十三香小龙虾#鸡头米炒虾仁#上汤小笼包，fruits like #杨梅#水蜜桃#山竹awwww I’m drooling! The only “gross” thing I really enjoy eating is frog legs, they are so good in Nanjing hotpot!
All kids settled down, waiting for our plane to take off, and thinking back to our very first trip as a family of 5. I attempted to copy @thebucketlistfamily because it was also their first public family of 5 photo! I remember one of the podcasts I listened to talked about how no kids are born good travelers, they get better the more they travel! It’s so true. Now after so many adventures with them, I definitely have better expectations – EXPECT NOTHING and appreciate everything!!! 😆 Traveling is definitely more joyful this way!