Our move out to Palo Alto for the summer was quick and easy. We were blessed with a great set up from some friends and literally have a playground and fenced in grass right out our back porch. Other than both of the boys getting sick the first week, we have tried to hit the ground running with things to do and see in the area.
It has been hot hot hot! What's this they say about bay area weather?? It is in the 80-90's almost every day and our unit does not have AC! This means lots of pool time which is fine with me. I have gotten good at lathering on the sunscreen for me and my pale pale babies.
From one of my first runs in the area. Stanford campus is beautiful and so different from Harvard!
We went and saw the horses at the Stanford barn. It is so beautiful!
A day in Napa:
We left in the morning to make the 1.5 hour drive up to Napa Valley. We met up with some of section J at a winery and we loved seeing some familiar faces. Having taken a trip there just a few years ago we weren't chomping at the bit to do a ton or touring so it was just nice hanging and enjoying the beautiful scenery. Notice I didn't say weather. It was scorching! It felt too hot to do anything outside but sit. So we got some yummy bbq food and sat a shaded picnic table to munch on our spoils.
Aziz, Monika, Ravi
A day at the beach:
Our second weekend here we took a day trip down to the Santa Cruz area. While we didn't make it over to the actual town of Santa Cruz we got a great beach day in and enjoyed playing in the sand, throwing the frisbee and playing 4 square with paddle balls.
A day in the city:
Since we got to the area I have been itching to get up to the city. (and then I get there and remember that it is always so stinkin cold) But our first weekend we decided to head up in the morning and hea dto a few different areas. We started at the Ferry building farmers market. Something we had done before and loved. So much yummy produce and goood food. After that we drove over to golden gate park and rowed around the lake. I really wanted to go to the tea gardens but it just wasn't worth the money to Beau. Next time :) Tennyson loved rowing around the lake and Beau and I sang "kiss the girl" the whole time. Tennyson seemed to continually exclaim "what do happen mom? " it's one of my favorite phrases he has right now. Everytime he corrects a word or phrase that he has said wrong for a while I try to get him to revert back to the old version because I love it so much. Sometimes it works. Like how he calles watermelon water-monin. Or in stead of hold me he says hold you.
Anyways we finished off the day at Ikes sandwhiches at dolores park which was a mad house! I love big cities but San Fransisco seems to have a unique flavor all it's own. Oh and Ikes was so so yummy!
Christian has entered the cutest stage and is learning things left and right. Included in this is how much he loves and looks up to Tennyson. He copies everything he does and is always anxious for attention from him. Most of the time he gets it in very physical ways but usually he's a good sport.
Because of the crazy heat we have been spending a lot of time at the Rinconada pool. It's not that great of a toddler pool but it's nice because it's so close. Tennyson gets more and more comfortable swimming on his own every time we go which is nice. Oh swim lessons....one day I will make you work with our schedule.
Post swimming passout
Berry picking here is pretty different than out east. Still fun but it made me miss getting in all of the u pick varieties that New England offers every summer.
Farmers market sspoils