Happy July 4th!

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I’m so happy I’m in bed. I am so tired you’d think I ran a marathon. The holiday was a never-ending trip to a few different places. Staying the night at Palm Springs for the first time was an eye opener, literally 106 degree heat at 9pm! It was crazy. Then another under the sun related activity was planned, we picked strawberries, raspberries and a few veggies. Surprisingly, the kids had so much fun that alone would make a tired mama like me do it all over again. I had fun don’t get me wrong, I just wished it were a lot cooler.

Some photos: Me, carrying my two babies; my little girl and my fave polka dot dress of hers (she outgrew this already, I just can’t letttt gooo); the kiddos at the top of Palm Springs, we rode the tram (not doing it again!); picking raspberries; view from the top; rustic breads I made this week;

Santa Barbara Zoo

IMG_1392IMG_1414IMG_1406A few weeks ago, hubby and I took the kids to the zoo. I hate zoos. In fact, my son’s first trip to the zoo was with his dad. But there’s something about Santa Barbara Zoo. The fact that it is smaller in size compare to the LA and San Diego zoos is a plus for me. It stinks… but not much – thanks to the ocean breeze nearby (yeah, it’s walking distance to the beach!). I find the lethargic animals endearing, the grounds are great, lots of open areas which my son loves, people are nice, and it’s very much catered to kids. Also a big plus is the soft taco snack and the children’s play area.

Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for children 2-12 years old.

http://www.sbzoo.org

Dream Destination: Iceland

Puffins!
Puffins!

From time to time I will feature the places I want to go to. We will start with Iceland.

While my husband and kids’ ideal vacation involves warm weather and white sand beaches, my perfect vacation falls in the ‘a lot of walking’ and ‘fully-clothed’ variety. I love to go sightseeing, visit historical places, go to museums, and maybe do a bit of adventure, I also like SNOW! But for now I will happily tag along with my family because my kids are still young. Once they are old enough to learn about these places then I will take them there. London, my favorite city in the world, would probably be our first destination.

Music inspires me. When I heard about Svefn-g-Englar by Sigur Ros back in 2000 I was intrigued. The ambient sound and ethereal voice just amazed me. I have a nice foreign language playlist in my ipod but this one made me curious. The language was different, sort of sounded like its made-up! After some research, I found out that it’s from an Icelandic band known to use constructed language in their songs. I was hooked especially when I saw their videos, which features Iceland as their backdrop. The place is just gorgeous.

Now I don’t really have a plan to go there yet, but someday I want to. I want to do a family road trip on the Ring Road and see geysers, waterfalls and towering cliffs. Oh, hopefully see an Aurora Borealis, too.