Friday, June 5, 2009

We're going to Japan!

This is our family's travel blog. We're leaving tomorrow, actually, and we're really excited about it.

For those who don't know us, here's a quick intro:

  • Leo: Blogger at Zen Habits, author of the Power of Less, runner, husband, father of six. Not in that order.
  • Eva: Teacher, homeschooling four of our kids, loving mother, super super supportive wife.
  • Chloe: Oldest of our kids, 16, soon to be a junior at Academy of Our Lady of Guam, into MySpace and Lonely Island and making YouTube videos and the Beatles and playing guitar and much more.
  • Justin: 12 year old blogger, video game designer, guitarist, into Naruto and reading and much more.
  • Rain: 11 year old, graduated top student from his elementary school, outstanding soccer star, really funny, awesome video game player.
  • Maia: 9 year old, beautiful singer, loves Friends and How I Met Your Mother, awesome daughter and sister, really into the Harry Potter books right now.
  • Seth: Turns 5 years old today! Likes Star Wars, Batman, Spiderman, Legos, and anything cool like that. Has a unique martial arts style.
  • Noelle: 3 years old, adorable, loud and demanding, sweet and loving, a powerful personality.
This is our first trip as an entire family. We've been doing a lot of research and can't wait. We're all packed to go already.

We hope to post daily (or so) with pictures and some short descriptions. It won't be a lot but we thought this would be a fun way to share our trip with family and friends.

We've set it up to make this travel blogging super simple. Our camera will upload pictures into iPhoto on my Macbook Air, and then we'll open Picasa, select the photos we want and press "Blog This". Picasa uploads them to Blogger, and all we have to do is add a title, plus descriptions below each photo. The whole process with photos and all should take about 2 minutes, plus longer for writing descriptions.

If we get tired, we might not blog each day. But we'll do it as often as we can.

Here we are at Christmas time.

Leo and Eva.

The kids (with their cousin Lauren) at Rain's 11th birthday in January. From left: Noelle, Lauren, Justin, Rain, Chloe, Maia and Seth.


  1. I look forward to hearing about your trip. I'm looking at going to Japan next year and am hoping to learn something from your experiences. I've taken a Japanese class, but am not strong enough to communicate with (and it is something I am working on) the language.

  2. Enjoy your journey, I'm sure you'll make the most out of it! I really enjoy reading Zen Habits, and I wanted to thank you for it. I don't usually come to the blog, but I have an email subscription.

    I'll be checking this blog soon, for news about the trip, so enjoy!!

  3. Have a nice trip Leo... I wanted to visit Japan too. Would be interesting to follow this blog.. try posting pics and rough expenses.. but first make sure you have nothing but fun ;)

  4. Hey Leo, domo arigato for all the great stuff I've learned through your blog. I wish you a safe trip and a great experience. It's an inspiration seeing all of you guys and girls going on a trip together :)

  5. incredible family !
    have a fun in Japan :)

  6. I'm so glad you guys are having such a good time in Japan. I'm impressed you all managed to pack everything in a carry-on... even with a washer I don't think I could do it! Still working on minimalizing I guess. Have a great time there ~ I'm enjoying reading about your adventures. :)

  7. elisha benaventeJune 29, 2009 at 2:06 PM

    this was a great experience for them!

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