Wondercon 2015 in Anaheim, California

When we first rolled in to California exactly one year ago, we had barely unpacked our suitcases before we hit up Wondercon 2014 in Anaheim! It’s absolutely crazy to think that it’s been an entire year that we’ve been living in California.. where has the time gone?!
This was Tessa’s second Wondercon and Thyme’s very first Comic Convention EVAR!!!
We didn’t go to the convention in cosplay this time around because 1) I’m still baby-bearing chubby and none of my costumes fit and 2) I just don’t FEEL like cosplaying when I hate the way I look in pictures with the baby-fluff.
So while Jonathan and Thyme and I were dressed in “mundanes” (to use some faire jargon), Tessa joined my sister for a chibi version of her cosplay.
Here’s the whole family at our very first Comic Convention as a FOURSOME! ^_^


Here’s my sister and my daughter Tessa as Helena and chibi Helena from the TV show Orphan Black!
Usually when I recap a Comic Convention or Anime Convention weekend, I usually have a lot more to say and a lot more photos to share. But this weekend was cut rather short – we ended up heading home early and missing Sunday.
Basically, I had a splitting headache the entire day Saturday. I didn’t realize it at the time, but I was coming down with whatever bug was eating at Jonathan a few days ago. (By Sunday night I had a stinging sore throat that made talking and eating extremely unpleasant, continuous headache, body aches, fatigue, etc.)
Plus all the walking was making my not-quite-healed perineal tear feel like someone kicked me in the vajay.
I was getting exhausted from all the walking and discouraged whenever a fussy Tessa wouldn’t allow for us to comfortably walk the vendor halls or sit in on panels. Every time one or both of us had to bail out on a plan or leave a room because one or both of the girls were crying (or in Tessa’s case, acting crazy) I was getting increasingly disheartened.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind chasing a cosplaying Tessa around a convention all day – just not while I have a splitting headache, painful lady parts and body aches. The only thing I found myself genuinely interested in doing was taking pictures.
Aaaaaaand then at the end of Saturday as we were leaving the Orphan Black panel, my handsome hubby accidently dropped my Nikon d3 camera body. And it broke. Basically, the viewfinder is blurry, and it’s not the diopter adjustment tab. I’m sending the camera in to Nikon to repair, but in the meantime I, uh… don’t have a camera. Like, at all. (My back up camera body broke on Valentines Day just two months ago… when it rains it pours yeah?)
The broken camera, the getting sick and the stress of the weekend made me long to come home and spend Easter Sunday at church with my family, instead of spending another exhausting, stressful, camera-less day at the con. So home we came!
Despite the early ending, and the financially crushing mishaps, we did have a lot of fun on Saturday. I cannot wait to cosplay again, and hopefully next year will be a bit less chaotic and a lot more fun. So! Enjoy what few pictures I managed to take on Saturday before the camera broke! Haha.. *sob sob*

Random question.. I’m thinking about some new cosplay ideas. What movie, TV show, anime or game do you think we should do next?!

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Gingi is a photographer, cosplayer, amateur chef, crazy cat lady, anime otaku, bookworm, generic geek, world traveler, conservative Christian, homeschooler, devoted military wife and stay at home new mother of two little girls.

Gingi blogs about anything and everything that is relevant to being a supermom, stay at home wife, homeschooler and geek girl! You can contact her at gingifreeman@gmail.com or via the contact form on her website at www.domesticgeekgirl.com

Gingi Freeman

Gingi is a photographer, cosplayer, amateur chef, crazy cat lady, anime otaku, bookworm, generic geek, world traveler, conservative Christian, homeschooler, devoted military wife and stay at home new mother of two little girls. Gingi blogs about anything and everything that is relevant to being a supermom, stay at home wife, homeschooler and geek girl! You can contact her at gingifreeman@gmail.com or via the contact form on her website at www.domesticgeekgirl.com

47 thoughts on “Wondercon 2015 in Anaheim, California

  • 7 April, 2015 at 4:42 am

    well, i think you look beautiful in your “mundane” outfit as a gorgeous mom. I’m sorry to hear about you being sick and breaking your camera. 🙁 please, please take good care of yourself! you just gave birth and that takes a huge toll on a woman’s body. you’re strong and amazing but your health is very important. 🙂
    love, liz

    • 7 April, 2015 at 3:37 pm

      Yeah, I’m pretty sure I’ve been overdoing it recently.. I usually go go go till I crash and burn. 🙁

      Going to take the week to slow down, get better and figure out what the heck I’m going to do without a camera for 2-3 weeks, lol!

  • 7 April, 2015 at 7:46 am

    I don’t watch enough TV to give you a new idea but the photos look great and this looks like a wonderful event to be a part of!

  • 7 April, 2015 at 9:17 am

    It does feel like things happen all at once… especially when you start to feel sick… Next year things will be better Gingi… your camera will be fixed and you will be chasing 2 toddlers… (did I say it would be better… lol)… I am sure you will enjoy it more though… I hope you feel better soon… I will say some prayers for you that you will heal quickly… xox

    • 7 April, 2015 at 3:39 pm

      Hahaha, yeah I imagine the whole “chasing toddler around” situation will only get worse before it gets better, haha! Hopefully this run of bad luck with cameras will turn around to be a streak of GOOD LUCK in the near future.. I hope! haha!

  • 7 April, 2015 at 10:59 am

    Let’s see. How about Optimus Prime and Bumblebee? No? Well okay. I’ll settle for Captain America and Black Widow. Hope you mend quickly.

    • 7 April, 2015 at 3:40 pm

      When it comes to Marvel universe cosplay, my hubby and I have already covered Thor and Lady Sif.. haha.. we’re thinking of doing an anime or video game next… 😉

  • 7 April, 2015 at 11:15 am

    How fun!! I always thought it would be so fun to go to one of these big fan conferences. I would love to go to one for Harry Potter because I’m a nerd like that : )

  • 7 April, 2015 at 11:35 am

    Even fun things aren’t so fun when you feel lousy and your camera gets broken 🙁 Hope you are on the mend, and that the camera repair wasn’t too expensive. That said, these conventions are always a feast for the eyes, right? Even if we just sit and watch people walk by…

    • 7 April, 2015 at 3:42 pm

      Yeah, I knew I wouldn’t have ANY fun at a convention without my camera. I would’ve stuck around anyway, but feeling ikky just finished the trip for me, heh.. I still haven’t got a direct quote yet (Nikon needs to assess the damage first) but I’ve been quoted anywhere from $200 to $600.. YIKES!

  • 7 April, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    Sorry to hear your weekend didn’t go as planned! At least you came out with gorgeous shots before the camera broke! I’ve been saying every year I want to go to our local DragonCon but coming up with costume has always been a huge roadblock for me! Hope you’re getting over that bug and things start to look up again soon, Gingi!!

    • 7 April, 2015 at 3:43 pm

      YOU LIVE NEAR DRAGONCON AND YOU HAVEN’T BEEN YET?!?!?! Bad Ally!! BAD!!! lol… you HAVE TO GO. And take me with you! 😉

  • 7 April, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    Oh no!!! I’m so sorry your camera broke. What a bummer. I hope they can fix it in a timely fashion for you.
    Feel better soon– sending prayers your way!

    • 7 April, 2015 at 3:44 pm

      Thanks Julie! *hugs*

  • 7 April, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    Bummer about the camera!! I am sorry. Hopefully next year can be better. On a good note, Tessa did totally rock her look 🙂

    • 7 April, 2015 at 3:44 pm

      Didn’t she though?!

  • 7 April, 2015 at 4:31 pm

    What a cute family shot! You’ve got an incredible energy level, girl! It took me FOREVER back in the day to recover from having my babies.

    You go, girl!

    • 7 April, 2015 at 6:32 pm

      I’m still not recovered, that’s for sure. I’m just a workaholic and I’m stir crazy!! But it always takes me longer to recover when I push myself to the limit. With this cold, I’m pretty sure I hit that limit this weekend, haha…

  • 7 April, 2015 at 4:56 pm

    How sad about your camera. I hope it is fixable so you can do more of your lovely photostories. I hope you feel better – you have to take it easy girl!

    • 7 April, 2015 at 6:33 pm

      I know, I know.. I will take it easy now! I feel so yucky!!! Bleh!!

  • 7 April, 2015 at 5:28 pm

    Oh no, I am so sorry about getting sick, feeling poorly and the broken camera! i hope next year will be better. it’s still a lot of fun to look at the pictures. would love to go there!

    • 7 April, 2015 at 8:03 pm

      Yeah, what is life but ups and downs? hehe.. I’m looking on the bright side but MAN I feel so naked without my camera!!! lol…

  • 7 April, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    really beautiful pictures, Gingi! You kids and your sis’s daughter look adorable! Sounds like you guys had lots of fun 🙂

    • 7 April, 2015 at 8:04 pm

      That’s my sister with my daughter Tessa.. she likes to borrow her for chibi cosplays. 😉

  • 7 April, 2015 at 9:58 pm

    I don’t know anything about cosplay, but what about Game of Thrones? Is that totally overdone? You look great as mundanes too.

    • 8 April, 2015 at 1:56 am

      Haha, I still haven’t read OR watched Game of Thrones, but my hubby is really into it! I’ll have to ask him who he’d cosplay as! 😉

  • 7 April, 2015 at 10:40 pm

    All I can gingi is that you totally introduce me to a side of life I wouldn’t otherwise know about. Sorry about your camera and being sick. Life can be such a bummer sometimes. We’re on vacation and I got one super bad phone call from my dr as we were driving 14 hours south with 2 kids in the car in shock. Life’s so tricky sometimes!

    • 8 April, 2015 at 1:55 am

      Oh no! Now I’m worried about you guys! Is everything okay? Private message me maybe? My brain always goes to the worst case scenario, so you better not be dying or anything!!!

  • 7 April, 2015 at 11:32 pm

    Oh no, I’m sorry you didn’t feel well and your camera broke! You are amazing to do all of the stuff you are doing. You are so impressive! I hope you had a wonderful Easter and feel better and give yourself some time to heal. I especially love the picture you took of the girl with the horns…

    • 8 April, 2015 at 1:56 am

      Awww, thank you.. I think you are rather awesome yourself!!! <3

  • 8 April, 2015 at 12:08 am

    I’m going to tell my oldest son to check this out – he is all about Anime and will love seeing this. Maybe he can go one year!

  • 8 April, 2015 at 1:05 am

    Sorry to hear you were sick and your camera broke 🙁
    I’ve never gone to a comic con, but it’s on my to do list for this year 🙂

  • 8 April, 2015 at 1:25 am

    WonderCon was my first con!!! Yay! It was in San Francisco in 2008.. I think. It was awesome.
    Cassidy loves Orphan Black so I had to just yell down to him about this post.
    And the camera.. I’m so sorry. I’ve had that happen. It made ME feel broken.

    • 8 April, 2015 at 1:58 am

      Yeah, they JUST moved it to Anaheim a few years ago since it was completely crowded.. it’s much roomier at Anaheim, but it sucks that now So Cal has all the awesome cons, haha. AND YES! I feel naked without my camera. It sucks so bad. 🙁

  • 8 April, 2015 at 4:18 am

    April from Ninja Turtles…..according to JensGuy. Ha! No really, from you I have learned a new vocabulary word: cosplay. I knew about the comic conventions. My brother got to meet Checkov from Star Trek at one. I just didn’t know that the costumes were called this. I so know what you mean about the post baby body/wardrobe issues/newborn care/ lady part healing process! I planted my booty in my bed for baby #4 and firmly informed the family that I wasn’t leaving until my 6 weeks of healing were done. Most women are dying to get out. I just wanted to recover. Here’s hoping you feel a whole lot better soon!

    • 10 April, 2015 at 1:11 pm

      Hahaha, I have actually considered that one before!! I think with this next baby I’m going to follow your lead on the whole getting rest thing.. I am NOT kind to my body when it needs R&R and now I’m feeling it! 🙁

  • 9 April, 2015 at 7:25 pm

    Oh no!!!! You poor thing, I’m sorry you’re sick, your camera broke, and you didn’t get to complete the weekend. At least you got to spend Easter with your beautiful family. 🙂 Feel better!

  • 10 April, 2015 at 10:14 pm

    Just love the photo of the four of you ……… your girls are just great.

    Do hope you are feeling better now, take care

    All the best Jan

  • 11 April, 2015 at 7:37 pm

    Beatiful family…..very sad about your camera….. Hope u r feeling better now… 🙂

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