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January 10, 2016: Winter Break

By 10:06 PM

I didn't really take photos today because I had an appointment in the afternoon to get a replacement phone, and if I had taken photos they wouldn't have been backed up on my computer. Tori and I went to 10:30 mass at Sacred Heart because Camille and my parents went to a Clipper game at 12:30 with my Aunt Odette, Uncle Bimbi, Grandma Olga, Uncle Carlo, and Camille's friend, Brady. Afterwards, we picked up Gillian and went to Target, where Gillian bought a 3DS. I picked up some groceries and toiletries for school. Then, we met Ben at Panera - I tried the Chicken Soba Noodle Salad with peanut sauce. Afterwards, we went home before leaving for Brea Mall around 4. I was so happy they were able to replace my phone for no charge! :) I also picked up some fleece-lined leggings from urban (the deal right now is so good - normally $16, but 2 for $10!).

Today is my last day of winter break. :( I'm still at home because my class isn't until 1 tomorrow, and I kind of want to relish in these last few hours of freedom, even though I'll be back soon enough. Since I didn't start this blog until the last week of break, following is a reflection of every day of these past four weeks - mostly for me to remember this break more vividly. So, I decided to just put a photo and a couple snippets of what I remember (p.s. these sentences are really choppy and have no flow whatsoever).

Wednesday, 12/16
Mom & I went to the DMV to get my replacement license. My balayage appointment went for 5 hours. We took Tori & Camille to voice.

Thursday, 12/17
I took Tori & Camille to Disney before we started to get blocked out for the holidays. We parked in a parking lot far away. We also went to animation academy this day, but I can't remember who we drew - it might have been Jack Skellington.

Friday, 12/18: 
We picked up Kristy & Camille from school because Tori went to her friend's birthday. We went to Ajisen Ramen and picked out our pajamas from Sears at Puente Hills Mall. We also went to Friendsmas at Lucy's house. Hubert's Secret Santa present was secret deodorant, much to Lucy's dismay. I got Justin Bieber's album and Ben got a Star Wars water bottle. We brought chicken.

Saturday, 12/19: 
We put together cereal boxes and tags as favors for Camille's birthday. Ben and I went to Katrina's graduation party. Kathleen's dad kept telling everyone I wanted the chocolate cake. It was raining. I also took Ben to 5:30 mass.

Sunday, 12/20:
 AHH! The pajamas & pancakes party for Camille's 11th birthday was a success. Everyone showed up in their pajamas, even the adults. Ben and I ran the omelet station, but I sucked. We also sang Marvin's Room on karaoke. That night, we went to Target but the gingerbread house I found was crumbled. We decorated Mickey gingerbread men instead.

Monday, 12/21:
 We ate sushi with a bunch of Camille's friends and then went to Puente Hills Mall. The only photo I took this day was this selfie. It was my first time curling only the ends of my hair inward.

Tuesday, 12/22:
 I ate Thai food with Sabah and Jessica. Ben and I were gonna go ice skating but it was too late so we went to Brea Mall for some last minute Christmas gifts, but I can't even remember if we got anything. I also bought the cardigan in the photo from TJ Maxx literally right before we went to Brea Mall because I thought we were gonna go ice skating. We got pho for dinner. I found a hair in my pho at the beginning. They still charged me.

Wednesday, 12/23:
 Ben and I had to go to USC to pick up my mom's gift that got delivered literally the day after I left. It was a Basin White scrub. Then, we went hiking with Lucy, Clarissa, Kyle, and Jessica, at Schabarum but we got lost. We then ate at Bulgogi House and went to zero degrees. I think I tried something green tea, and we also played Jenga there. I took Tori and Camille to Downtown Disney for ice skating. It was easier than Anaheim Ice, but there were still some falls and wall grabbing. 

Thursday, 12/24:
 I really can't remember. I picked Ben and Kristy up. We hung out at home. Ben and I made Tori take photos of us in the front yard, but I didn't love them. The Hernandez family came over. Ryan got a hoverboard and I couldn't figure it out so I just looked like I was taking a dump. We had White Elephant and a lot of the gifts were really good, but there was also spam and corn beef up for grabs. 

Friday, 12/25:
 I got so much makeup from my mom it was beautiful. My favorite is the Anastasia Beverly Hills contour cream kit <3 We opened presents before heading to church and going to grandma's house. Ben was happy with BB-8. I loved my Swarovski earrings. We also decorated sweater cookies that night. 

Saturday, 12/26:
 We went to the cemetery to visit my dad's mom - it was super windy. We then went to a Korean BBQ place after where you get what you want from the buffet. I won $40 from the Lottery. I got my rose gold iPhone 6s plus. 


Sunday, 12/27:
 We went to Paradise Pier for breakfast with the Gees and the Tubons. It was yummier than I remembered. We sang Happy Birthday to all the December babies. I also went to Melanie's Surprise Bday at Anaheim White House. 

Monday, 12/28:
 It was Camille's birthday! We went to Mountain High. I got better at skiing. Ben was a pro. We took lessons - my mom was over it after an hour. Tori's boots were too tight on her. Their instructors were really nice. I went up the Roadrunner but I cried before I did it. It was honestly probably the highlight of my break. 

Tuesday, 12/29:
 A bunch of us - like, literally, 15 or something, went to Peter Pan at the Pasadena Playhouse. The elevator was full. Adam Sandler sat in our freaking row. The show was funnier than I remember. I still think Sabrina Carpenter looks like a midget. It was basically her concert though. But Tori and Gillian and everyone else freaked out. 

Wednesday, 12/30: 
I finally took Ben to watch Star Wars. It was actually pretty interesting from my perspective, having never seen any of the movies before. Afterward, we went to go get poke and played Just Dance at home.

Thursday, 12/31:
 I took Tori and Camille to LACMA. We stopped at Urth in DTLA first - it was their first time having it. Camille was over the art. Everything was pretty aesthetic. We had a party at home with the Perez family. We danced to One Direction. I almost fell asleep. 

Friday, 01/01:
 Ben and I went to Irvine Spectrum, but all the stores closed pretty early. I was looking for tan booties. We waited forty minutes to eat tofu soup. I got boba at the lollicup nearby and was amazed at all the employee benefits. We then went to Snow Monster. 

Saturday, 01/02: 
I took Camille to dollar tree to get a gift for Corey Fogelmanis (teddy bear, sour patch, and a card). My mom is so nice to take us back to the Pasadena Playhouse so Tori could meet Sabrina Carpenter and get all her twitter videos. We ended up seeing her at Urth. I got a photo with Peter Pan. We went to Target. Sara Carpenter has an R2D2 bag. We waited for an hour by the cast entrance but the cast never came out. 

Sunday, 01/03:
 We ate at Cali grill after church and they recognized us. We went to Disneyland and took lots of PhotoPass photos. We got home late. 

Monday, 01/04:
 My dad and I went everywhere to try to get my phone fixed. I didn't have a means to take photos. I stayed at home for the night and made this blog. 

Tuesday, 01/05:
 It was raining but I had my USC umbrella. Ben and I tried this chinese place. I got biang biang but there was a hair. We played uno at this boba place on lemon after picking up the girls. We went to go see Sisters at Puente Hills Mall and then ate bomb Thai food. 

Wednesday, 01/06:
 I ate Boiling Point with my mom. She took me to Puente Hills Mall and I bought stuff. We later went to DSW. I made Ben take photos of me outside of Camille's gymnastics. We made s'mores. 

Thursday, 01/07:
 We had lunch at MJ. We went to the post office. We went to Disneyland. Details below.

Friday, 01/08: 
We were supposed to go to Universal. We went to Bowl of Heaven, then the Shoppes, then the park, then Ben's house, then my house to make ravioli and pasta carbonara. I bought 5 Second Rule..

Saturday, 01/09:
 We went to half & half, South Coast Plaza, watched Star Wars, and had pizza for dinner.

Sunday, 01/10:
 Tori and I went to church, then Target, then Panera, then Brea Mall, then ate curry at home and played Five Second Rule. 

It was such a relaxing and fulfilling break - I wish it never had to end. I feel like I got to do all the stuff I wanted to do. While traveling would have been nice, I am grateful for all the time at home and the people I got to spend this break with. 

I'm so happy I started this blog too. I realized I'm doing it mostly for me. I feel like I used to remember everything, but, now, it all becomes jumbled in my head. I hope I can keep this blog up, even though I know soon things will be so busy. 








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