Our Trip to Leavenworth


Mr. Bee has a silly schedule. His schedule is different every week, we only know that he doesn't work on Sunday. Other than that, we have to wait until the next week's schedule comes out.

Well, he had the day off yesterday (Monday). Of course he had a great idea of what to do. He wanted to go to Leavenworth.

Leavenworth is a town that is about 130 miles away from where we live. The interesting thing about this town is that you will feel like you are in a Bavarian village. It is so fun, the buildings just look very Bavarian. What I like the most is when I see stores that are more common there (e.g. Starbucks and Safeway) because the font of the brands are in Bavarian font. It's just so unique!
So, from what I know, Leavenworth hasn't always looked like a Bavarian village. After reading the Leavenworth History, I found out that the city was on the brim of extinction when they started to change the appearance of the city. With the beautiful background of the mountains, the Bavarian theme was picked. Their plan was to attract tourist to the area. According to the site, "close to two million tourists come to Leavenworth each year." So we know that their plan to save the town has definitely worked very well.

The Christmas Lighting Festival is one of Leavenworth's annual event. If you are thinking of coming, here is the schedule of Leavenworth's Christmas Lighting Festival. It is a big magnet for tourists. I remember going there on a Saturday two years ago, it was definitely packed! So be prepared with having to find parking, walking a little, and with finding out where to eat. Two years ago we couldn't find any restaurant that could accommodate us.

Anywho, back to yesterday... When we got there,  I was hungry. So we just walked around, looking for something that sounds good. So, I think researching the restaurants before you go there is very important.  If you have a smartphone, that means you can just research while you are there. Look for restaurants reviews in Yelp or maybe Trip Advisor. Just make sure you look at the reviews first before you go. Unfortunately, this is something that we forgot to do. So, we ended up eating at The Soup Cellar, which was the first time we ate there and probably the last. Why? The food wasn't good and it was definitely way overpriced for what you get.

I had the Bavarian Plate, which has two German sausages, potato salad, kraut, and a dinner roll. As a Reuben fan, of course Mr. Bee ordered the Reuben (Corned beef, kraut, swiss cheese on rye bread) that also comes with thousand island sauce and potato salad. He also got the fountain drink, I had water.

The Bavarian Plate
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The Reuben
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Mr. Bee seemed to enjoy his food. Unfortunately, I don't think I enjoyed it as much as he did. The sausages were okay, it wasn't very delicious. The dinner roll was warm however hard to eat, the texture almost felt like rubber. The potato salad was good though, that's probably the only thing I really enjoyed! What's sad too is that we spent $27 total! Too expensive, I guess that's the downside of a tourist town: food is more expensive!

After eating, we just walked around the town and visited various stores. We went to one of my favorite store there: The Wood Shop & Hat Shop. I really like this shop, it's just so fun to try on all the different hats they have there.

I tried the Panda Hat on.
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I made him wear it.
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We had so much fun! I am glad that we were able to go there and spend time with each other. Leavenworth is a fun town, you should visit it sometime!

Here are some more pictures:
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December '13 Finds


  1. Knitted Socks by ThreeBirdNest  | 2. Pink Gold Giftwrap Kit by ThurstonPost | 3. White Deers on Kraft Wrapping Paper by Wrapped by Alice | 4. Snowflakes Crochet Garland by Namolio | 5. Dandelion Candle Holder by Wapa | 6. Rose Gold Wish Bone Necklace by LayeredAndLong

Here are the finds of the month. I am going to start collecting the things I find throughout the month and sharing it here. You might find things to buy, great recipes, tutorials, etc.

December is also known as the month of gifting. So, with that in mind, this month I have chosen things that are great for this month's theme. Some of the things featured is amazing to be gifted (or to be put in your wish list) and some of them are things that are great to wrap your presents in. I don't know about you, but I really love wrapping presents! So I love this time of the year because I usually get to wrap quite a few things. You have to be careful though, when the presents are wrapped so beautifully, sometimes you don't want the gift-receiver to just rip it apart! I remember when growing up I would open any presents I got with such caution so that I would rip the gift wrap! Then I would fold the gift wrap, and keep it in my book cabinet, never to be used...

I hope you like it!

*below you might see an ad. In the future I hope to be able to get rid of it :) *


Checking out

Snoqualmie Falls in December

This morning Mr. Bee was reading the newspaper while eating cereal for breakfast. In the newspaper He saw a picture of Snoqualmie Falls. Since we had no plans for today, Mr. Bee suggested to go there.

Well, I'd just have to say that I am so glad that I did! When we got there, I could see there were a lot of people who came to take photographs of the view. While enjoying the view, I saw a helicopter hovering over the falls (I bet they were taking pictures too)

Let's let the picture do the talk!

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A man that was standing by Mr. Bee told him that he had never seen Snoqualmie Falls like this before. I feel so lucky and grateful that we got to enjoy this beautiful view!

Our attempt of taking a selfie didn't quite work...

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Fortunately a nice couple offered to take a picture of us

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Free Printable -- Albert Einstein Quote

Hi everyone! So, I decided to do another easy project in Adobe Illustrator. I decided to make a printable quote. There are so many great quotes out there and this is the one I chose.

"Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile" -Albert Einstein

I feel like this is a great quote. This quote reminds us to serve others around us. Charity never faileth! I have also  found that doing an act of good deed not only can help others to be happy, but also myself! As human, we are social creatures, being around people makes us happy. I am grateful to have so many people who care about me and have done so much for me. I hope that this quote can remind us of those who care about us. I also hope that this quote can remind us to help others whenever we can!

I hope you will enjoy this printable!
Albert Einstein Quote

To download the pdf file, click the image above. For personal use only.

Making My First Color Palette

Mt. Rainier Color Pallete

I have just started to learn on how to use Adobe Illustrator. I have been having fun with it so far. I am borrowing a book from the local library. It is called Adobe Illustrator CS6 Classroom in a Book.  This book is the official training workbook from Adobe Systems. I should write a review when I'm done with it! I think this book has been a great way to spend my time. It is harder than, say an eCourse where you can watch a video. However, since I am borrowing this book from the library it is free! Yay!

So after learning some basics I just thought I would do an easy project, something I can share on my blog. I think a color palette is a pretty fun, easy project!

I took this picture when my husband and I went on a daytrip to Mt. Rainier. We usually just go to this place called Paradise. Paradise is so pretty, and there is a little hike that you can go up to. It is very pretty in the spring, so many wildflowers. On this day we decided to go to another place called Longmire after we went to Paradise. Well, it turned out to be a great idea! The scenery of the road we took to Longmire was just so amazing. It was something new to us, none of us had been there. So this is one the sites that is between Longmire and Paradise. It is called the Nisqually River.

I hope you will enjoy it!

Thanksgiving Weekend

Something that I realized this week is that I need to do better with updating this blog! Yeah, I need to post more often. The thing is, I know I have the time but I just got lazy.

Anywho, I hope all of you had a great Thanksgiving day! I sure did :) My parents-in-law hosted the Thanksgiving dinner and there were family members everywhere! Grandma, aunt, uncle, cousins, and siblings. In total we had 13 adults and 4 kids. I think the 4 kids were more noisy than the 13 adults... Well of course!

It was my 4th Thanksgiving.
My 1st Thanksgiving was in Utah. I spent it with the Bartletts, the family that hosted me while I was an exchange student.
The 2nd Thanksgiving was in Wenatchee, WA. I was in my first year of college and my host family, the Kanes, took me to celebrate Thanksgiving with their family.
The 3rd was here with Mr. Bee (my husband)'s family. I think we had been dating for about 8 months. It was a happy day. Well, Thanksgiving has always been a happy day anyway.

It was quite fun! Mr. Bee's Grandma taught me how to crochet with thread. It wasn't easy. While I was struggling to make 1 napkin ring, Grandma made 3 already. She is quite the pro! Actually, she made a doily for our wedding.

That day, we also celebrated my brother-in-law's birthday, so we had the famous Bybee apple pie! Yay! It was so super duper delicious! Oh the food I ate that day. Let's just say that my tummy had quite the party.

More about food that we had, so pretty much the whole Thanksgiving weekend we had turkey. So, we had roasted turkey on Thursday, turkey enchiladas on Friday, turkey noodle soup on Saturday, and more roasted turkey on Saturday (Mr. Bee's aunt cooked fresh turkey.) Someday I should share the recipes.

Did anyone go anywhere for Black Friday? I personally didn't get anything. There were sooo many great deals, but there wasn't anything that we needed and nothing that was in anyone's wish list. We did go to Jo-Ann though. My mother-in-law is going to make blankets for her future grandchildren. They had a great deal on flannel, 75% off! Luckily, the line wasn't as bad as we thought! So everything went pretty well.

It was this last weekend when I realized that I need to post more often! I would like to be better. I had this blog up for myself, so I know I will benefit from it. Hopefully this can somehow help others too! I would try to share more here.

I hope all of you had a great weekend!
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