My excuses? We moved. We settled in. We moved back out and renovated. Then we moved back in. I got a new job, a way harder job. We’ve just been too busy “being” and “doing” to reflect as much as we’d like. The good news, we never stopped taking photos. So we’re going to take a broad sweep, get some photos out there, but never “catch up”.
View photos of us traveling around Colorado! These photos are totally out of order, but include a wonderful family reunion in Montezuma, CO, a few days in Telluride, a trip to Estes National Park, and visits with friends in Denver.
We spent spring break 2015 in and around Mt. Shasta – check out our adventures!
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.
Jessica’s parents and grandma flew in for the week of Malina’s spring break, which also included Easter and Passover! We both had to work but Sandra, GG, Ganda, PaPa and the kids spent the week having fun!! We spent a lot of time eating slow meals together, reading books, coloring, taking walks, going to the playground, swimming … and even checking about Malina’s 2 favorite museums in SF (BADM and CAoS).
We all drove up to Mendocino for the long weekend and stayed at a great house on the bluff overlooking the ocean, which was beautiful!! Soon after our arrival, we learned that Aunt Emily and her boyfriend Rob got engaged! Hooray! We are so happy for them! We had a few celebratory toasts on the deck for the addition to our family. While in Mendocino we took 2 beautiful hikes, checked out the downtown, saw really cool tide pools, and explored the area around our great big rental house! Jessica also learned that turkeys can fly!
It was a great visit!!
While Chuck was between jobs we spent a long weekend up in Lake Tahoe. We stayed on the west shore in the cute waterfront town of Tahoma. We got very lucky and managed to pick a weekend that Tahoe received an additional 8 inches of powder. It made for slow driving conditions, but also a beautiful landscape, good skiing, great sledding, and lots of snowmen and snow angels :)
Malina got on skies for the first time at Granlibakken Ski Resort and did a great job!! She skied down the small hill 3 times by herself. Pretty awesome!! She and Logan both enjoyed the sledding as well. Otherwise, we enjoyed spending time in our cute little cabin and taking long walks in the snow.
Yes folks, you heard it right… this was not a play-date, it was a lady-date! After several challenging weeks with Malina’s bedtime routine, we made a deal that if she could be smooth for 5 nights, Jessica would take her ice skating (she chose this activity) and she asked for hot chocolate as well… something she’s never had before. So she managed to be smooth for 5 out of the following 9 nights and we went! Who knew there was a full size ice skating rink in downtown San Francisco?!
Malina didn’t love ice-skating, but we did 2 entire laps holding hands. Then we had hot cocoa, which she didn’t like either. But they just opened a “City Target” in the same building, and that was a total hit!! She loved it! She commented that she’d never been in such a big store… our little urban girl.
We spent a beautiful and sunny February morning north of the Golden Gate Bridge in Tennessee Valley. To our surprise the parking lot was already full at 9am and there were tons of families taking the mile trek down to the beach. The kids enjoyed the walk and all the “nature” we saw along the way. Once down near the water they played in a cold little stream with new found friends. The walk back was later than planned and several meltdowns ensued …
We had another wonderful (albeit short) visit from GG, Ganda and PaPa. While they were here we celebrated Great Grandma Barbara’s 91st birthday, watched Malina’s kung-fu class, went on a hike at Lands End and played at Malina’s preschool!! It is always great to have them visit.
We went to 2 museums this past week. First we went to the Academy of Sciences with Janine and Violet. It’s the coolest museum around, with tons of fish tanks, a penguin exhibit, an Amazon Rain Forest (humidity and all), an albino alligator … the list goes on!! Then we went to Bay Area Discovery Museum with our playgroup, but it was freezing outside. A few other random photos in here of us hiking and Malina being silly. Malina LOVES to find her Dad’s shoes and “walk” around the house in them.
Chuck had his first weekend day off in quite a while so we decided to take advantage of it and go on a hike. The weather wasn’t ideal, but we headed over to Mt. Tam anyway. We did a nice look from Mountain Home Inn, down into Muir Woods and back around.