Belize Day 1 & 2

After a long day of travel, we are in Belize now.  We flew out of Ontario at 6am.  I got about an hour of sleep.  Yvonne, not wanting to bring a bunch of school books here, stayed up all night to read and take notes on them.  The kids got woken up dark and early at 3:45. And of course they decided not to go back to sleep.  Gonna be a long day of traveling.

We have a 2 and a half hour layover in Dallas.  There’s a kids playground there to waste time at.








One two and a half hour flight down.  One 2 and a half hour flight to go.

We were lucky enough to get a whole row to ourselves on both flights.  Chloe even got her own seat.


Caleb & Caris 2nd short nap of the day.


The tired little bunch even slept through the landing.


From Belize City to Ambergris Caye



It was a little cloudy, a little rainy, and very humid. 5pm and we’re not even at the resort yet.


The kids enjoying a view from our balcony.



The kids chillaxing a warm day.


Caris got some cute facial expressions.




A chance to play in the sand.



Playing on the comfy bed outside.


Alcohol + White People = Party (Day 5)

Caris started stripping for us early this morning.  As soon as we got out the house.  This stripping theme will be a recurring them today.  Her outfit was conducive to her stripping.




We had our breakfast buffet today.  It was delicious.  We’ve been eating quite a few buffets since we’ve gotten here.  The price is pretty good for most of them, and we don’t have to pay for the kids.  But the best thing about buffets is that we don’t have to wait for food to feed our children.  For some reason they have lots of ants in their pants.


We decided to go swimming after breakfast.  Of course a breakfast buffet, we needed a little downtime before we got in the pool.  Time to relax at the beach.  Or at least try with our kids climbing all over us.





Caris likes to play with the sand.  She was dumping handfuls on us.


Chloe likes to sleep on mommy or daddy.  This is another recurring theme.  In fact that’s pretty much where she lives most of the day.


Time for the pool.  Caris needs to get dressed into her swimsuit first…  After she gets undressed first.



Caleb loves the water.  He’s like a little fish.  I think he spent more time under than above.


Room service for lunch.


We found this at during our trip to Walmart last night.


Caleb & Caris are still on LA time.  They nap until 6pm local time, which means it’s dark after their nap.  The playground is open all day though.  And has lights.  Good enough for me.










Stripping again.  So easy.  Just so easy.


I’ve been to quite a few weddings, mostly which are of Chinese people.  A lot of the times there’s a dance floor at the reception, and here’s what I’ve noticed about dancing, at least the weddings I’ve been too.  No one dances.  Not unless you have alcohol and white people.  You can have white people and no alcohol, and there’s no dancing.  You can have alcohol and just Chinese people, and there’s no dancing.  But put the two together, and you have a perfect combination.

Country Western Night at our resort is an all you can eat, all you can drink buffet.  And there’s a dance floor in the middle.  What do you get when you mix white people and alcohol (all you can drink alcohol).  A party.  These are mostly old people here, but they were having a blast line dancing nonetheless.  Having a blast with the beer drinking contest.



Caleb was completely fascinated with the show.  Caris was focused on her food.


We missed the bull riding competition.


Caleb has been scared of balloons ever since they started popping at the Mexican Fiesta night.  Caris just doesn’t care about the sound, and likes balloons.


Nuevo Vallarta/Puerto Vallarta “No Groping for You!” (Day 1)

We have arrived safely in Mexico.  Traveling with three kids 3 and under is not the easiest thing.   But thank God there was an open seat so I didn’t have to have Caris in my lap for the whole three hour plane ride.


But before I go further on, let’s describe the preparation before we got on the plane.  I (Chris) was up until 4 in the morning packing bags.  Not only did I have to pack the bags, I had to set up the security camera (I’m watching you, burglars!), and turn off the water, and clean the kitty litter, and throw out the trash, and feed the cats, and feed the fish, and pack some more bags.  We packed heavy.  Yvonne and I joke that if it was just us, it would take only an hour to pack and we’d have only one bag. 

With 3 kids, 2 of which still need diapers, the packing list just grew by a order of 5.  We checked-in 3 suitcases, a checked car seat, had 4 carry-on backpacks (2 toddler size), 2 more car seats for the airplane, a double stroller, and a bag of food.  Every time we fly, I HATE the security checkpoints.  Not only do we have an enormous number of things to carry through the checkpoint, the TSA security doesn’t even work!  All they do is yell at us and stress us out.  We carry a big container of soy milk for Caleb for his allergies.  Now you’d figure the TSA would like to check a 2 quart container of soy milk every time, but that’s really checked thoroughly 50% of the time.  Security theater.  I hate it.  And now they want to look at me naked or feel me up.

Luckily for us, the Delta terminal did not have the full body scanners installed.  I didn’t have an opportunity to get felt up.  I’m actually kind of disappointed.  That is one less thing for me to complain about.  No groping for you, TSA!


Everyone in our family is sick.  We all got nasty colds.  Everyone is coughing up loogies and blowing out yellow snot.  And now we’re getting on the plane to hurt our ears cause we can equalize our ears.  At least I couldn’t.  But the plane ride was much better than expected.  For one we had an extra seat for Caris.  And Chloe slept much of time.



When we landed, it was complete chaos.  We’re tired from not sleeping the night before.  We have 2 toddlers who have been cooped up in a plane for 3 hours, one of which decided he didn’t want to nap.  We too much luggage for a single car.  And then all these people are bombarding us with “help.”  Not even 30 minutes on the ground, we already signed up to have a timeshare talk.  Not only did we sign up, we actually paid someone $10 US for the privilege of someone to waste our time.  We are such idiots.

We rented a car from EZ Car Rental.  I chose them because they had the cheapest rates.  Let’s just say EZ wasn’t so easy.  First off, the EZ Car Rental office is located off the airport, which is fine since a lot of car rental places aren’t actually at the airport.  They needed not one, but 2 cars to fit all of us to shuttle to their office.  And that’s with Caleb and Caris sitting in my lab and Chloe in Yvonne’s.  We get to the office which is located at a gas station.  Yes, a fuel reloading location.  I knew coming here I was going to decline the insurance, since AMEX will cover all our insurance needs.  But the salesman says the insurance is mandatory.  I question this “mandatory” business, but he says he will not let me get a car without buying the insurance.  We’re stuck at a gas station with no where else to go.  Not many options for us.

We reserved a mid-size car.  However mid-size car in Mexico is not quite the mid-size car you expect in the states.  This mid-size car only looks slightly larger than a Jetta.  Now you remember how much luggage we were carrying?  And how it took 2 cars to pack it up?  I had my doubts all of it would fit in a Nissan Tiida, as did the salesman.  Of course for a $20 “tip” I could upgrade to a Jeep SUV.  In the span of 10 minutes, I felt I got swindled and a deal by the same person.  And even with the Jeep, everything barely fit.  Caris unfortunately had 0 leg space.  When I say 0 leg space, I don’t mean it figuratively.  She literally had 0 leg space with the stroller in the back seat.  I will have to take a picture on the way back to there.

Chaos doesn’t stop at the resort.  Poop is everywhere.  Chloe is on anti-biotics, so she is pooping liquids.  Caleb has loose stool all the time anyways.  And Caris decides she needs to go too.


Most of you will notice Chloe getting changed.  However, look at the ground.  That’s Caris’ poop.  For the past week, she’s been practicing taking off her clothes everywhere.  And she often says, “poo-poo” after she poops.  Of course she’s saying it now.  And now knows how to take off her clothes and diaper.  That’s what she left us.

The rest of the night wasn’t so bad.  We ate at the buffet.  Took baths and went to sleep.  Pictures (which is what most of you want anyways) should suffice.






For those of you who don’t know, we are in Belize.  You may even know that we missed our plane Saturday morning, in case my poem/rhyme didn’t make sense.  Here’s a photo journal if we have the photos.

We were suppose to catch the 7am connecting flight to Dallas Saturday morning.  However due to poor planning, we barely missed the flight.  The next flight to Belize is the red-eye flight connecting in Miami.  We were always curious to see how our kids would handle the red-eye flight.  Looks like we get to find out.

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The kids had fun at night at the airport.  We had to keep them up for the 9:25pm red-eye flight.  They were barely holding up.  When we get on the plane, Caris falls asleep in my arms rather quickly.  It is hard to hold her the whole time for almost five hours. Caleb, however, does not do so well.  The T.V. is on the whole time during the flight, and Caleb cannot peel his eyes off the television.  He’s captivated by it.  He only sleeps for 2 hours.  And the one rule we have with Caleb that we forgot about…  don’t mess with his sleep.


We have a five hour layover in Miami, so we’re hoping Caleb and Caris would just sleep at the airport. Caris does alright, although it is difficult for her to go and stay asleep.  Caleb, again, has trouble. It doesn’t help that there are birds flying INSIDE the airport.  But he just can’t sleep well outside his dark room.

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IMG_6146 <— See the birds?

Both kids are awake on the Miami to Belize flight.  It’s morning time for them even though they only got a fraction of the sleep they normally get.  And they’re hungry and it’s breakfast time.  And it’s only a 2 hour flight.  No point trying 2 hours to get Caleb to sleep for 5 minutes.  Caris still tries to find time to get some sleep whenever she can though.

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The flight to Belize is not the final destination though.  Oh no.  We still have to fly to Ambergris Caye.  Big planes are not needed.  In fact big planes won’t fit on that airport.

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I know some might be scared of these little airplanes.  But they are fun and exhilarating.  The trip doesn’t end there though.  A boat ride to the resort, and we should finally get there.

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Now it’s time to lounge around.  It’s been a long trip to get here.


And it’s hot!


Very hot!


But we’re here.  And sometimes we just need to chill and zone out.  Guess what we’re doing here.





Another Vacation?

We rented a golf cart the other day.  On our way back to our resort from town, this guy stops us in the road.  This guy happens to be one of those timeshare recruiter guys who offers you something in order to hear their spiel to buy a timeshare.  Normally they give you free breakfast or lunch or even cash.  We got $100 cash last time we were here.  This was different though.  Instead, he handed us this scratch off card like a lottery ticket.

Yvonne scratches her ticket gets one palm tree and 2 big X’s on her ticket.  I scratch off my ticket and I got three palm trees.  This is good, right?

Well, everyone is a winner here at Village Reef.  That single palm tree gets you $25 or something.  I don’t know the exact prize.  But the real winner here is the three palm trees.  We take a look at the back and that’s the big prize!  There are three possible prizes.  A) Caribbean vacation.  B) $1000 HP Laptop.  C) $700 US cash.  I want the cash.

However the choice is not ours to make.  There’s a “void if remove” part on the ticket will reveal what we actually won.  However, we’ll have to go through the timeshare spiel in order to claim our prize.

The next morning we go back to there to claim our free breakfast and big prize.  We meet up with Laura (who by the way was 100x better than the Williamsburg spiel-er).  We were not interested, and went on to collect our prize.  Guess what we got.

I could use a laptop or sell it.  The cash works even better.  But when are we going to be able to go on another vacation in the next 12 months?  Worst off it’s not redeemable for cash and non-transferable (unless authorized, whatever that means).  Hopefully we can sell this or give it away.  The place was nice though.

No Nexus One for me yet.


The Suitcase Has Arrived

Yay, we got our suitcase yesterday night around 6:30 or 7PM.  The right one this time!  It came fresh off of a flight from Philly.  I guess our suitcase wanted to enjoy a longer layover than us.  

We’re Back Home!

Last Saturday (despite delayed flights, a 5-hour wait in Atlanta, and a last minute change in our destination airport), we arrived at our resort in Williamsburg, VA in the wee hours of the night. 


7 days later…

after enjoying Jamestown and Colonial Williamsburg…

swimming nearly every day…

Caleb dealing with an incessant chesty cough (bad Virginia allergies?)…

Caris catching roseola…

Mommy (with Caris strapped on her chest) slipping on water in the Philadelphia airport…

Running through the Philadelphia airport barely making our transfer to L.A…

Arriving in LAX one suitcase short…

Coming home to cats that appeared to have never left our 100 degree bedroom (how much fur can 2 cats shed in a week?… a lot!)…


Yes, we are home.  Pictures and vacation stories to come if we have time.

Virginia Vacation

We’re going to Williamsburg tomorrow for a week. Chris checked into our flights. We have 5 or so hours going to Atlanta, and then we fly into Richmond. Chris just told me that the flight is completely full. He couldn’t even find 3 seats together for our family. Oh my. This could be quite interesting. We were really hoping for an open seat so that we wouldn’t have to hold Caris in our laps the whole time. Now, we’ll just have to see if we can even sit together so that Chris and I can help each other out during the flight. Hmm, 2 children and 2 adults in a 20 square foot area for 5+ hours. The 1 hour car ride after the flights is starting to sound comfy to me. 🙂

The End of Our Hawaii Trip

Yes, yes… I know… we really are behind in our blogging.  We still haven’t finished blogging about our Hawaii trip. 

Our Hawaii Alarm Clock
I forgot to blog about one story while we on the Big Island with Stan, Bel, & baby Noah.  It’s memorable.  While we were in Hawaii, Caleb was our 6:30AM alarm clock.  No matter how late we put him to bed, no matter how many times he would wake up at night, he ALWAYS woke up at 6:30.  On our last Big Island day, Caleb woke up at 7:30AM.  When we saw the clock, Chris & I cheerfully got out of bed and praised our boy for sleeping in.  The pool opens at 7:30AM, so we decided to go swimming.  On our way to the pool, I pointed out to Chris that it’s a gloomy/cloudy day since it was still a bit dark for 7:30.  We get to the pool.  It’s locked, but somebody’s inside cleaning.  He tells us to come back when the pool is open.  We tell him that the pool is supposed to open at 7:30.  He looks at us and says something like, “It’s 7:30 already?  Oh no!!  I’m running late.”  Then he looks at a pool clock and tells us that it’s only 6:45.  What?!!!  We still have no idea how our bedside clock got changed.  It was right when we put Caleb to bed.  Oh well. 

Our Flight Home
We were running really late to the airport, so Stan & Bel came to help us return our rental car and get checked in quickly.  Our flight was with ATA.  Stan knew one of the ATA worker guys.  He was one of Stan’s high school friends.  Stan tried pulling some strings to get us ahead in this long, long slow line (since we were already late).  He found out from his friend that our flight was canceled (though nobody else in the line knew that yet as the flight was only announced as being delayed).  We got pulled out of the line with our luggage.  His friend got us onto the next American Airlines flight back to LAX.  Yay!  Go Stan.  It’s nice to have our Hawaiian connection.  Only a few were given tickets onto this AA flight.  Most had to wait until the next departing ATA flight (I think that was in the middle of the night or the next day).  And out of the ones who received AA tickets, we were the only ones who had our luggage.  You know why?  Because the Wong family was running really late and hadn’t checked in to our original flight like everyone else already had. 


Yes, Caleb and I got chosen to be personally security checked.  I guess we just look that dangerous. 


Caleb slept for only 30 minutes on this plane ride home.  He really had trouble falling asleep and staying asleep.  We tried to make him as comfy as we could, but it was one fussy plane ride home.


Daddy even tried to help Caleb with his ear pressure by enticing him with a pacifier. 


We got back from Hawaii on Friday, 3/14/08.  We needed that whole weekend to unpack and decompress from our vacation before Chris went back to work on Monday.  Here’s Caleb helping us unpack.



Yesterday, I discovered that ATA filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy on April 3rd and ended all of their passenger services to Hawaii.  Good thing this happened after our trip to Hawaii.  We probably couldn’t have afforded to pay for another set of airline tickets.