Saturday, 20 June 2009

Back to the Real World



My family and I enjoyed a wonderful trips the USA last month. We met lots of lovely people and did some fantastic things.

We flew to Los Angeles and stayed with friends in Pasadena. A very beautiful suburb and place to live. We based ourselves there for a few days and then headed off to see Disneyland. My boys hadn't been before so they were at a great age to really enjoy all the rides. A very expensive day but well worth the visit. Now I don't need to ever go again. Twice is enough for me!




We also went to Hollywood which was not what I was expecting at all - I was a little disappointed, but I am glad I have seen it.





We then headed out to Las Vegas to stay at the Monte Carlo Hotel, only a small hotel with about 3000 rooms!! It is right on the strip so the view from our window was pretty sensational. Met up with my brother and his family there and had two days of just hanging around.




We then drove to my brother's house which is in Clarkdale Arizona - a pretty nondescript drive, but we drove over the Hoover Dam which my boys thought was pretty amazing.





The next two weeks we spent in Clarkdale with my brother and his family, and had a lovely time with all the kids. Sedona is quite close to them, and it really is a beautiful place to visit. There is another little town right near there as well, called Jerome which is set in the side of the hill - very historical and had some beautiful galleries.





It was a lovely relaxing visit and I am finding it very hard to get back into the normal routine of life back home. I haven't sewn or even looked at anybodies blogs! Hopefully it will all come back to me soon, as I am so behind with so many things.



This McDonalds is in Sedona Arizona - it is the only one in the world with different coloured arches! Of course, we had to go and visit!

I am going to try and catch up on reading what everybody has been up to, and I am hoping that it will inspire me to get sewing again!


23 comments:

chaletgirl said...

Welcome back! Looks like you had a marvellous time!

Gorgeous photos, and I have to ask...the last one - where is that? It looks like a bundle of fun!

Belinda said...

Welcome home. My now I'm sure you have heard the new. Looking forward to hanging out in Sydney...woo whoo!

Nikki @ My Black Cardigan said...

Holidays, big or small, form such an important part of family history. I'm sure this one will be talked about for many years to come.

Louise said...

Looks like heaps of fun and I'm looking forward to catching up sometime this week. Love those gorgeous boys!!

Gillian aka Silly Gilly said...

Wow, welcome back! I can understand how it is hard to adjust to 'normal life'. I've been to Disneyland and Vegas in the same trip too. It's so much fun and so different to here! BTW, love the M&M's photo!! So bright!

Jodie said...

Glad you are back here - see you friday !!!

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Looks like an amazing trip!

Andi said...

Welcome back Cathy.
Looks like an amazing trip!!!
See you soon.
Andi :-)

Marina said...

Welcome home Cathy. Sounds like a great trip with some really interesting highlights. Good luck getting back into the sewing!

periwinkle said...

I'm not surprised you are having trouble getting back into the swing of things -- I've been to Vegas but haven't been to Disney - yet!!

Sandra @ Pepperberry and Co. said...

Ooh, welcome back, Cathy! It's so lovely to have you here again. I missed you!! So much has been happening in Melbourne, but I'm pretty sure it doesn't compare to the wonderful excitement of a trip to the US. I love that country, and you went to such gorgeous parts of it!! Thanks for sharing your (as always) spectacular pics- I'm looking forward to many more stories. I hope you get your sewing groove back on soon, although settling back into life is all part of the fun!! xxx

Jellybeansdancing said...

Welcome back Cathy. Looks and sounds like you had a fabulous time! Lesley

Thimbleanna said...

Glad you made it back safe and sound! It sounds like you had a good visit -- I laughed at the fact that twice if enough for you and Disney. My hubby feels the same way. We're headed out west in a few weeks -- kids insist we go to Vegas -- not my favorite place -- especially not in the middle of the summer -- dry heat or not LOL!

Stacey said...

Welcome home. So glad you had a good trip!

rousabout studio said...

Oh wow!!, You make me feel like planning a holiday! Looks like you had a great time..thanks for the awesome photos..

Jade said...

Love your holiday snaps, Cathy! Welcome back and hopefully we've inspired you to get to your sewing again. Hope to catch up with you when you're in Sydney, too.

Cascade Lily said...

Welcome back! Looks like a fab time was had by all. Yes Hollywood is a shocker isn't it?!

Corrie said...

oh wow looks fab! keira knew exactly where you were with those pics and its on our list of things to do but I think is better when they are older like yours! mind you we are mickey mouse obsessed in this house!!!

Corrie:)

Melanie said...

Cathy, I'm popping in after Nikki's blogmeet to say hi - I just ran into Claire (Matching Pegs) at school, and she mentioned you're local to me as well, which I didn't realise. So if I wave big enough, you might see me! It was lovely to meet you this morning, hope we can do it again sometime :)

Tinniegirl said...

It was lovely to see you today.

broderie said...

glad to know you are back safe and sound after a lovely holiday with family, friends and now heaps of special memories!

Gina Stepp said...

When are you and the boys coming back, Cathy? The girls have only been out of school two days and they're already bored!

jacquie said...

what a wonderful trip! it's good to get away, but so nice to be home.