And the winner is... The Quest!! She guessed it right :) This picture was taken on beautiful (though slightly windy) Redondo Beach in LA, California. It was my first time to see the ocean...
But it wasn't the only thing we saw. How about this picture:
Yes, we are in "The happiest place on earth" aka Disneyland... Before you start thinking that we might've gone insane going on vacation while my husband is unemployed, I have to explain. We did go on a vacation but it was a "paid one". My BIL arranged an awesome "job assignment" for Hubby. He had to deliver a prop, for a commercial shoot, all the way to California and then take it back almost a week later. Because I've never been to California (and because my husband has been promising to take me to the ocean for the past 8 years...), we decided to tag along. The company was paying for food, gas to and from and accommodations plus another $200 for every day they needed us/him to stay in LA, and when my husband's amazing family found out that we were planning to go there, they got together and presented us with the means to purchase Park Hopper tickets to spend three days in Disneyland and California Adventure:
It was so much fun!!! The kids had a blast and enjoyed every minute of it. The weather was beautiful - not too sunny or hot but warm enough to wear a T-shirt. It was more than we could ever hope for...
We also spent a day in LA going to Beverly Hills, Hollywood Boulevard, even a Russian store (there are a bunch there and the food is delicious!). Of course, I took a picture of the famous "Hollywood sign":
There were also some fun characters to take pictures with on Hollywood Boulevard:
It was supposed to be a picture of the little guy but as you can see the Oldest Kid in the family just couldn't resist :)
This year we planned to have a family vacation for just the 4 of us and were saving money for it but due to unemployment it never happened. And this trip was that dream come true... Thanks to so many blessings in our life. Including unemployment (who would've thought I'd ever say that!!) because we would never get an opportunity like this if Hubby was working...
But to make this month even better and to tell you something I was dying to share for a whole week, my husband finally got a job!!!! Not in California (sorry, Nan :) but it's a wonderful position with a well-known non-profit with great benefits and salary (about $5000 a year more than the salary and top bonus he could make in his previous employment). Almost 4 months later our prayers were answered, and after a very long and hard September we got an amazing October! Life is so good, it's amazing!!
And to put a cherry on top, we have a tradition in our family started by my Dad many moons ago to buy local bread wherever we go. This is what I got this time :)