Tuesday, July 22, 2014

and so June began...

June began this way:
 The boys had a lemonade and snack stand during our neighborhood yard sale.  They made $46!
 Each of the last ten days of school were some type of theme to dress up for.  Crazy hair day was a big hit around here.
 I was lucky enough to be able to go on a field trip to the zoo with Ky and Kade's class.
 And Krew was lucky enough to come with us!

 Krew really loved the animals at the zoo, and he really loved the playground at the zoo too!
 Another season of baseball started-go Cubbies!
 We celebrated the last day of school at Smart Cow! The twins love it, I'm so over it,
 and Krew doesn't like to eat anything that cold. But he sure is cute!

Monday, July 7, 2014

we went to san francisco-day 3

We got a rental car for the third and final day of our trip so that we could explore a bit further away from the city.  Our first adventure by car: driving down the famous Lombard Street.  It was so awesome!  These pictures don't do it justice, so if you've never been, go.  I know my kids would have loved it!

Our next adventure by car: crossing the Golden Gate Bridge!

We drove over the bridge so that we could get to Muir woods and see the HUGE redwood trees.  
Again, I could not believe we were only a few miles from where we had been the previous two days, because it felt completely different.  
The trees were unbelievable, it was so calm and quiet in there among the huge trees, and it looked and felt like no other place I had ever been.

These pictures are so pretty, but they are nothing compared to actually being there.  Again, if you've never been before, go!
For lunch/dinner, we headed to Sausalito to eat at the highly recommended restaurant: Fish.

The line was crazy long and went way out the door, but we waited anyway, and we are glad we did!
Isn't my date handsome?!
Yet again, we had an amazing view from our table!
Remind me when I'm no longer pregnant to find some good ceviche, because the couple of bites I ate before realizing that the fish was merely marinated and cured, and not cooked, were amazing!

After we ate, we drove through the hills of Sausalito to see the homes with the amazing views.
The funny thing was, most of the homes you could hardly see because they were hanging off the side of the cliff.  All you could see was the parking space or garage, and the front door or stairs that lead to the house.  It was gorgeous up there!
Next adventure by car: The Painted Ladies, aka the Full House houses!
It was so funny to see these homes in person and think about how many times I had seen them in that opening shot from Full House.  Honestly, the Painted Ladies looked like they all needed to be repainted, and one of them was being worked on, so hopefully they will all get some fresh paint, because they looked a bit sad. 

We spent a bit of time relaxing at the park that is just across the street.  There was a group blowing these huge bubbles, which was pretty awesome!

That evening, because I was too worn out to walk any more, we went to a movie theater and saw Captain America 2.  It was a good movie, and a nice ending to such an awesome trip!

I'm so happy that Bart and I got to spend these 3 days just the two of us, seeing so much, eating so much, and being able to have multiple conversations without being interrupted, before this new little one joins our family!

we went to san francisco-day 2

Day two of our San Francisco trip was so different than our first day, but equally fun and full!  We started the day by riding from near our hotel to Fisherman's Wharf on the classic red trolley cars.  

We could not get over how steep the streets are through such a busy downtown.  It was crazy to see people hanging off the sides of the trolley cars as they went up and down the steep streets.
Our first stop was Boudin for breakfast.  There were so many yummy baked goods and breads for sale.  I could have probably been fine spending the whole day there just eating baked goods!

It was fun to watch them make these rosemary potato rolls.  I wish I a) had the recipe and b) was better at making breads, because they looked so yummy!
From there, we spent the next few hours enjoying the sights and sounds, and smells at Fisherman's Wharf and Pier 39.  It was hard to believe that we were only a few miles away from where we had spent the previous day, because it felt so different.

Don't these strawberries look amazing?  And they were all huge!!
For lunch, we ate at another Boudin bakery, this time we had clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl, and the yummiest grilled cheese on sourdough.  When in San Francisco, right?

Our next attraction: Alcatraz!

Even just taking the ferry out to the island was fun, and so pretty!

I had been on the Alcatraz tour before, but it had been awhile.  I remembered some of it, but I was still fascinated by the whole thing.

I think it was a "bit" windy out there!
These are our two favorite rules from Alcatraz, and we are currently working on implementing them in our own home, hee hee!

When we got back, it was dinner time, and since we were right on the water, we knew we had to have seafood of some kind.  The problem was deciding what and where.  It all looked so good!  (okay, well most of it did anyway.)

In the end, I decided on two (huge) lobster tails, and I was not disappointed!

We had another amazing view from our table. Oh, and Bart wasn't bad too look at either!

I call this one, my dinner and my bump!
After dinner, we decided to check out one more touristy destination:
There were several cute little shops, but we were a bit worn out, so we didn't stay long.
We did decide to have some ice cream from Ghiradelli, again with an amazing view from our table!  And because two lobster tails wasn't enough food, we ate this: