Have You Received My Christmas Card Yet? Because I Have Not.

Dear Family and Friends,

We are incredibly sorry that no one has received our Christmas cards yet this year. We ordered them in Shutterfly’s after Thanksgiving sale and they have still not come in. When I ordered the cards, the estimated delivery time was December 7th-11th. The tracking said that the delivery was on time and the delivery date was December 11th, but obviously that came and went.

I don’t know when I’ll be getting my cards. UPS’s tracking information is of no help. According to UPS, a summary of the tracking information for my Christmas cards is as follows:

  • DEC 1: Transferred to the post office, Richmond, CA
  • DEC 3: Shipment tendered to UPS Mail Innovations, Tempe AZ
  • DEC 3: Package received for processing by UPS Mail Innovations, Tolleson, AZ
  • DEC 4: Transit, San Leandro, CA
  • DEC 5: Package processed by UPS Mail Innovations, Tolleson, AZ (back to Arizona apparently)
  • DEC 6: Package received for sort by destination UPS Mail Innovations facility, San Leandro, CA (back to California)
  • DEC 7: Package departed UPS Mail Innovations facility enroute to USPS for Induction, San Leandro
  • DEC 14: Accepted by post office, Richmond, CA (WHAT!?!)
  • DEC 14: Package processed by post office, Richmond, CA.

Based on this tracking information, I can only discern two things: (1) UPS took my Christmas cards on a two-week round-trip vacation between Richmond, CA and Arizona, and (2) my Christmas cards have gotten more travel than we have this year.

We promise I’ll mail out the cards whenever we get them. When you receive the card, just pretend that the “Holidays” referred to in the card is Easter and we are super ahead of schedule.

If you want a sneak peak at the card, here it is. I also posted some of the pictures on our December 1st post. We hope everyone is safe and healthy.

With Love,
The Ohta Family

A Sneak Peak at Our Christmas Photos

Last weekend we finally took our family photos for our Christmas cards.  We normally take them in November so we were a little late this year.  There were so many good photos this year, I was a little sad that I couldn’t use them all.  Thanks so much to my friend Jolene for being so patient with my family.

Here is a sneak peak at some of the pictures that didn’t make the Christmas Card cut.  Ev  looked at the Christmas cards I just ordered and said that I chose the wrong pictures this year.  Looks like someone just volunteered himself to order our Christmas cards next year.  Ha!

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Honolulu City Lights Parade

As part of my birthday weekend, Ev agreed to take Connor and I to the Honolulu City Lights Parade.  We were lucky enough to find parking and thoroughly enjoyed the family time.  Despite Connor’s best efforts, Connor fell asleep half way through the parade and missed seeing Santa.  I’m sure he’ll do better next year!

Here are some of my favorite “floats” in the parade.  Everett and I both agreed that we were most impressed with TheBus.

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The Board of Water Supply.
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Hawaiian Electric Company
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Santa

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So, which was your favorite float?

My Early Birthday and Christmas Present

Check out my cool new toy!  After hinting about needing a better camera than my camera phone for months, Everett finally gave in and bought me a new camera.  It’s supposed to be my joint birthday and Christmas present from him. But, when Everett said I needed to wait until my birthday to open it, I said “Not a chance!”  I’m pretty sure he knew that was going to happen.

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With a little help from my photographer friend Addison, Everett and I decided to go with a Sony Alpha 5000 mirrorless camera because it was light and slim but was more versatile and functional than a run of the mill “point and shoot” camera.  I also love the fact that you can swap out the lenses like a DSLR.  Also, as Addison pointed out, if I decide to upgrade my camera later on, I will be able to use the lenses on the new camera.  I’m already looking at more lenses to buy!

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My first selfie with my new camera.  🙂

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Playing around on the settings on my camera.  It just so happened that Ev and I were both wearing green yesterday so I was playing with the black, white and green setting.  More pictures to come soon.

Festival of Giving

Festival of Giving

This weekend, to Everett’s dismay, was filled with a lot of shopping.  Every year, Everett and I stress out about buying Christmas gifts – partly because we procrastinate and partly because Everett wants to support local businesses and refuses to buy anything online.  While the latter reason is admirable, it also takes so much more time and effort to gather and buy the gifts.  In moments of weakness, I’ve been tempted to load up my Amazon cart and buy everything in one fell swoop.  Fortunately, by that time it’s too close to Christmas for the packages to arrive on time and thus am forced to continue shopping locally.  Soooooo, I’ve made a point to start and finish earlier this year.

To start off the Christmas buying season, we spent the weekend taking advantage of Ward’s Festival of Giving event.  For a $10 donation, you received a passport to the event entitling you to discounts at 85 Ward Village shops and restaurants.  Ward has been having this event for years, but it was the first time I’ve ever participated personally.  Overall, we definitely got our money’s worth out of that passport.  I bought 3 and a half gifts and Everett pretty much bought all his coworker’s gifts from one store.  While I didn’t find gifts for everyone, it was a great start.

On a side note, when did Washi tape become so popular?  I found at least 5 different stores selling Washi tape in various colors.  We saw it so often that even Everett made a comment.  What do you even use Washi tape for?    Although, I’m sure if I look at Pinterest, I’ll find a million different uses for them.

5 more weekends to Christmas!