Let The Adventure Begin…….

Easier said than done…..

You would think after doing this for so many years, that I would have the routine down by now. Nope! The process is never dull from beginning to end. I absolutely love our adventures over the years. Honestly, it is totally worth all of the sleepless nights of packing. The sheer joy on my children’s faces is priceless. So, please come along for the ride…….

The Chapmans’ adventure this year is taking us to different regions of Switzerland…. for the moment. Every summer, we try to explore with Jordan and Alexandra some different fascinating part of the world. We consider this a big of part of their education. They need to know and understand how they fit in this great big world. Fortunately, the little people enjoy traveling just as much as we do.

The planning for the family vacation usually starts in September. The children tell us where they would like to go and why. All of their ideas are listened to. But then, we explain why we can’t go here or there. This year, Jordan wanted to go to Australia. Alexandra had her heart set on Argentina to go visit her Uncle Pollo and Auntie Val. Both wanted to end up in France with their cousins Jibril and Noe. So, the compromise was Switzerland. They pretty much dictate where the next adventure will take us. Of course, Christopher & I will always have the final say because wherever we go, safety is a big concern.

They know that we usually leave the last days of July or the beginning of August. As the days get closer to our departure,  the children become more excited. I don’t have to tell how much work goes into planning vacations with little people. I was exhausted just thinking about it. I have to tell you, I still have not mastered the ‘art of packing light’. It’s a work in progress. Seriously!!!!

 

Today is the day. Yeah!!! Both children are literally bouncing off of the walls. They are so hyper and excited. 7 pm can’t come fast enough to go to the airport. We decided to let Alexandra go to cheerleading practice. She Which would have ended at They/we love to fly. Since the fly to Zurich is eight hours long, we tend to fly at night to go. They play for a while. Then it is lights out for everybody but me. I can’t sleep. I’m too nosey. You know I just spent the past 36 hours packing, organizing and cleaning. I’m now functioning purely on adrenaline.

A Special Visit: The White House

Visiting The White House was an extraordinary moment in time!!!

Both Christopher and I wanted the children to visit The White House while President Barack Obama was still in office. This moment may not exist again in our lifetime. We needed them to understand that anything is possible with hard work, courage, determination and perseverance.

President Obama is a man of great integrity, dignity, and unbending principle. He is also an amazing leader. He’s always conducted himself with great pride , courage, restraint and showed tremendous love for his country. We wanted Jordan and Alexandra to see the face of hope and possibility.  President Obama represents that and so much more.

Pictures to come……

 

So long Big Island……

Kailua-Kona……Treasures to last a lifetime.

Hilo…….Moments engraved in our minds.

Sadly, we must say farewell to the most beautiful, breathtaking, magnificent island in the world. Big Island was definitely a great choice for the Chapman Family. In Kailua-Kona, everyday was an adventure. Hilo, with its magnificent, dramatic waterfalls, fertile rainforest, volcano craters and blooming gardens was extraordinary. We will not forget our time spent on the Big Island. Jordan and Alexandra had the time of their lives. Christopher and I did as well.

Thank you for the fantastic MEMORIES!!!

Big Island Visitor Bureau Website – Hawaii

Enjoying San Francisco’s Various Piers…….

My children’s favorite part was seeing so many birds on Alcatraz Island. Christopher’s favorite was the weather (my least favorite). It was very comfortable for him. Temp. changed drastically doing the day. You have to have your jacket just in case. You know me, I will take a bit of sun whenever I can get it. Lunch was my favorite part of the day. I was so looking forward to that clam chowder. I was NOT disappointed.

We had lunch at the Blue Mermaid Chowder House & Bar, Fisherman’s Wharf , Pier 41.

I had to try  the New England Clam Chowder. It was soooooo good. Service was fast. We ate well. Alex never fails to try out different foods. She may choose not to eat more than a bite, but she will always try it. Jordan will not!!  IMG_4981

Between lunch and dinner, we walked and walked; tasting this and that. They had so much fun. We snacked nonstop. I love that. We played on the streets.IMG_8436 IMG_8433 IMG_8435 IMG_8432 IMG_8431 IMG_8430 IMG_8437 IMG_8438 IMG_8439 IMG_8440 IMG_8441IMG_0600IMG_0599IMG_0605IMG_0606IMG_0608IMG_0610IMG_0611IMG_0603IMG_0604IMG_0612IMG_0614IMG_0618IMG_0619IMG_0621IMG_0623IMG_0626IMG_0627IMG_0632IMG_0634IMG_0635IMG_0636

We are definitely making memories. What I love about our family, we truly enjoyed being together. We walked around a bit more before heading back to the hotel to rest (not me). I stayed back to unpack somewhat while Christopher took the children to the hotel pool. It could be 30 degrees and my children would still go full force in the water.

We had dinner at the Wipeout Bar and Grill. My son only had french fries once again. Jordan is not at all adventurous when it comes to food. I’m not worried about him. I know that will change. After dinner, we walked around for about two hours, taking in the sights.  Yes, my little people were exhausted by the time we got back to the hotel.IMG_8450 IMG_8448 IMG_8446 IMG_8444 IMG_8443IMG_0654IMG_0653IMG_0661IMG_0642IMG_0641