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Disneyland, I Miss You Already

My family spent last week at the Happiest Place on Earth, Disneyland. It’s been several years since we made the trek south. The drive takes a minimum of 6 hours from our home, but can take much longer depending on the dreaded L.A. traffic. After three magical days, we came home.  Leaving the park is always bittersweet. Now I am going through Disneyland withdrawals.     I know people have varying feelings towards all that is Disney. I saw people on this trip who have way more dedication to the brand than I do. I’m talking full sleeve tattoos of Disney Read More

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My Summer Bucket List

In February, I created a springtime bucket list. Since summer is just around the corner, I thought I’d review what I actually accomplished on my spring list and then create a new list for the summer. You can see my spring list here. I feel fairly good about it.   Spring Bucket List Review Plant a garden It hasn’t happened. I keep thinking I need to get some tomato plants in. I still have time. At least, that’s what I keep telling myself. Go to Disneyland I booked the trip and it will take place in June. So technically, it Read More

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Sightseeing in Salem and Portland

Last week, I traveled to Oregon with my middle child to visit Willamette University in Salem. She’s still struggling to decide which university she’ll be attending next year. Willamette was the last on our visit list. We’d never been to Oregon before, and really liked what we found. In fact, I told my husband I’d happily move to the Pacific Northwest. I like the rain, the greenness, and the trees. The people were friendly, and life seems to be a bit slower there than here in the Bay Area. We boarded our plane in San Jose and had an uneventful Read More

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Enjoying the Beauty of Bellingham

My daughter and I took a quick trip to the Pacific Northwest over the weekend. She is graduating from high school in May, and we were checking out a college she is considering. While I’m not looking forward to her leaving for college, it was a great excuse for a mother-daughter trip. And Bellingham, Washington was a really nice place to visit. I have only been to this state a few times, and I have never been this far north. Bellingham is less than 30 miles from the Canadian border and about 65 miles from Vancouver, B.C. Western Washington University (WWU) Read More