Pajaro Dunes Trip



Family Boardwalk Rides

Love our view

We trekked down to Pajaro Dunes (between Santa Cruz and Monterey) with several families to spend time with old friends and celebrate Eliot’s 5th birthday! There was something along the lines of 17 adults, 7 toddlers and 2 infants … so it was crazy time all the time. With different bedtimes, naps times, and eating routines, we spent the majority of our time hanging out in the house and catching up. Our place was right on the beach, so we also enjoyed the sand and water :) Unfortunately, it was too cold for most of us to swim (well, except for Bill and Eric who dove in). One of the highlights was supposed to be a train ride on a real steam engine in Felton, CA … but tEliot's 5th birthdayhere was a fire and the train was canceled. The kids were bummed but we replaced it with a trip to the famous Santa Cruz boardwalk, which was awesome for the kids! Malina has no fear, she rode every ride that her height would allow for, including the log ride and those chairs that swing around about 50 feet off the ground, as well as a real roller coaster. She couldn’t get enough!! Logan didn’t enjoy it quite as much though.

All in all, a crazy busy weekend chasing young ones around a 3 story house, but at the same time, wonderful to really catch up with great friends!

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Sleeping, bathing, playing, eating and birthday-partying!

ice cream birthday bath

preschool wannabe heels What are rainbow sprinkles? Ice cream @ 11am!

The title pretty much sums up this post! We are in birthday party central over here … everyone we know seems to have an April, May or June birthday … which means lot of FUN! And with all our great Bay Area weather, the majority have been outside!

In addition, Logan has become very interested in going to preschool. He actually thinks he IS in preschool and part of Malina’s class. It is really cute, he even asks for his backpack most mornings. The hard part is tearing him out of the classroom as we say bye to Malina. Fortunately, the teachers and other kids love him, he’s almost like the class mascot, so they welcome him with open arms. Get ready for the fall little man, because it will be your turn!!

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SF Half Marathon

Pre race sunrise photo Start line

Chris and Jess running along the Marina Fort Baker

Finishers! 20130407 San Francisco Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon (24)-1

We spent a few months training for the SF Half Marathon and when our alarm clock went off at 5am on April 7th, we decided that we were totally crazy to be doing this race as sleep deprived parents of young kids. But we dragged ourselves to the starting line, met up with friends and had a good race on a beautiful day. Chuck ran solo. Jessica ran with good friend and pacer/photo journalist Chris Jones. Once completed, it felt like a great accomplishment, but not something we plan to do again any time soon.

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