What’s Happening in July???

22 Jan

So has curiosity nearly killed you all…wondering what huge thing is happening for us in July?

Well it’s big.  Very big.

Super exciting.

One of those once in a lifetime things

…well for impoverished single income families on a teacher’s wage.

Can’t stand the wait any longer?

Sure you don’t want to wait until the next post?



We are going to America!!

More specifically – the west coast of the U.S.

Better still…

It’s all expenses paid

…by my little brother.

Yep, he’s taking my whole family, plus my parents.

See, it pays to be nice to your siblings as kids.

Hubby has been to the U.S. and loved it, but the boys and I have never travelled overseas

…unless you count Tasmania and Hubby assures me that it doesn’t qualify.

So we’re very excited

and terrified (well that’s just me)

and overwhelmed by the planning involved (that would be just me too!).

Thankfully, my brother, a seasoned traveller, with take care of the details.

I just have to pack bags (mind boggling enough!)

and organise passports

(Can you believe that these will cost nearly a thousand dollars!  What a total bureaucratic rort!)

Then we just have to count down the sleeps.

Hubby’s putting in the paper for leave tomorrow.  Mr Boss better say yes now

…or we’re leaving hubby at home

Don’t think we wont.  Hehehehe.

Although we probably will need someone to carry our bags.

Better bring him.

San Fransisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Disneyland, Legoland (as per Brayden’s request), Yellowstone (maybe, hopefully), Las Vegas (only for the pretty lights), the Grand Canyon and more I’m sure….

Here come Tracey and her little men!!

…and hopefully one Hubby man too, if he can sweet talk his employer.




Posted by on January 22, 2013 in Family Events, Family Life, Holidays


10 responses to “What’s Happening in July???

  1. Elsa

    January 23, 2013 at 9:23 am

    How exciting!! Sure you don’t want to wait until September? DL will be crazy in July. But…oh well, you’ll still have a wonderful time. The Grand Canyon is on my must see list for the future. We loved San Francisco. Oh…how fun. So much planning lol!

  2. JoAnn

    January 23, 2013 at 10:21 am

    Oh my, sounds so fun and exciting. Its sad, but we live only a couple of hours from Yellowstone and haven’t made it there yet. 🙂 It sounds like you are going to have a great trip.

  3. Shelley

    January 23, 2013 at 11:52 am

    How exciting – best wishes for the planning, the prep, the packing & the passports! Enjoy your trip – what a great surprise!

  4. Kylie

    January 23, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    I couldn’t agree more with you on passports. We are just in the process of getting them all for us too. All that money we could’ve spent at our destination!!!

    What an amazing opportunity and what a very cool brother!!! You will have a blast!!

  5. Tracey

    January 23, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    Where are you off to Kylie?

  6. Kylie

    January 24, 2013 at 8:20 am

    Fiji, nothing compared to your big adventure, but it’s the kids first trip OS, they were super excited to be getting real passports!!

  7. Tracey

    January 24, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Oh that’ll be lovely, Kylie.

    Mine are horrified that I’m taking them to San Fransisco and Yellowstone. We learned about Earthquakes and Volcanoes last year. Hehehe.

    Brayden was thrilled when he heard there was a Legoland and made sure his uncle knew about it.

  8. Kirsji Larson

    January 27, 2013 at 8:39 am

    Arizona in July? Best not go too far south! I live in the Phoenix area … and it’s hot in July! Anywhere from 100-110 degrees. The Canyon should be cooler by about 20 degrees.

    If you are the adventurous type, you could travel to the bottom of the canyon by ‘ burro’, or better yet, hike down. It’ s a mere 1 mile to the bottom … but it takes several hours. Most people hike down one day, stay the night by the Colorado River, then hike out the next day.

    The skywalk is another option. That is a nice piece of plexiglass overhanging part of the Canyon. For a small fee you can walk out on it and look DOWN into the canyon. 🙂

    We also have the Petrified Forest and Meteor Crater in northern AZ, Lowell Observatory near Mogollon Rim, as well as many Indian ruin sites. Sedona is beautiful in the summertime, too.

    OK now you need a few extra weeks in the US!
    Disney and Legoland are awesome, as is Seaworld, but I agree they will be crowded in July.

    I would suggest some of the great Native American ruin sites if you have time. Tuzigoot, Montezuma Castle, and Montezuma Well are three places we visited just last week.

    Enjoy your stay! 🙂

  9. Kirsji Larson

    January 27, 2013 at 8:41 am

    I forgot to mention, July is the start of our monsoon! If you are lucky, you just may see one of our spectacular summer storms!

  10. Tracey

    January 27, 2013 at 11:53 am

    Hot weather is nothing unusual for us Aussies. We’ve just done a week of near 40 Celsius. Today, for something totally different, we are on tornado watch. Tornadoes are a rarity, in fact I’ve never been anywhere near one, so we’re in for quite a day. Plus flooding. Just to keep us living on the edge.

    Yeah, July wouldn’t have been our very first choice of visiting months but it’s the only time that works in with everyone’s work schedules. So we’ll just get to rub shoulders with a LOT of US folk rather than just a few. 🙂


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