Here are a few of the ones we did get.
Maybe, just maybe, he'll be one of those men that are in touch with their feminine sides....
Or maybe I should start saving for his therapy sessions now...
Half Moon Bay is such a pretty little place, only about 28 miles south of San Francisco. The area is very immersed in agriculture. There are crops everywhere as well as many nurseries with the most beautiful roses. The area is well known for its fava beans, artichokes, strawberries, and ollalieberries. We had some fantastic meals on this trip, including probably the biggest and best bowl of clam chowder I’ve ever eaten. As I’d never heard of ollalieberries until this past week, I was determined to try some. We finally had a piece of ollalieberry pie on our last day in the area and it was well worth the wait. Auntie Jan described it as a “little slice of heaven”. It even garnered some applause.
Speaking of Auntie Jan, we enjoyed our visit with her so much. The girls (well, all of us) think the world of her. The girls just seem to light up whenever they’re with her. She’s such a wonderful person and I wish we could spend more time with her and her family. She left on Monday to go back to Wisconsin. Lauren asked if she could go get Uncle Mike and come back on Tuesday. :)
Some of the highlights from our trip included:
Day 1: Swimming in the pool with Daddy
Dinner at Half Moon Bay Brewing Company
Walking around Pillar Point Harbor
A gift of beautiful mums from Doug
Operation Crab Rescue ~While at Pillar Point Harbor, we came across a crab stuck between two boards in the pier. When I saw him, I immediately thought of that song, “I’ve seen better days.” The crab’s predicament was of great concern to our girls and some new friends they had made on our walk. They were determined to help the little fellow. They finally found a plastic bag and managed to gingerly pluck him out and return him to the water….all without getting pinched!!
Day 2: Fitzgerald Marine Reserve and the harbor seals ~This was my favorite stop. The beach was just beautiful, covered in shells, kelp, and seaweed. I really wanted to take some pictures of a tidal pool but we weren’t there at the right time of day AND our way was blocked by a pod of beautiful harbor seals. Of course, our head-strong child (Lauren) was determined to get to them. Auntie Jan explained why she couldn’t go over. Mommy explained why she couldn’t go over. Daddy explained why she couldn’t go over. She was still determined she was going to go for a visit.
Horseback riding at Lemos Farm
Beautiful flowers at Pastrino’s ~ Lauren managed to get her head stuck in one of those wooden cutouts used for pictures
Late picnic in the room~Jacob was trying every cute trick he knew to get a bite of Daddy's crab salad and bread
Sam’s Chowder house for dinner with the best clam chowder!
Day 3: We stayed at the Best Western and were very pleased. The rooms were really nice. There was a great breakfast. The kids loved the pool and the adults loved the outdoor fireplace. We had all of this for $130 a night. If, however, you felt more like spending $300 a night up to $3000 a night, then the Ritz-Carlton was only one street down. The Ritz offers the public coastal access, so we stopped by for a visit. They certainly have quite the view. The rooms even have their own fire pits. It was something. Afterwards we drove south to Pescadero and wandered around the town. We had lunch at Duarte’s Tavern where they brought out a loaf of hot bread that was to die for. Doug had a bowl of Cream of Artichoke soup and Jan and I shared that heavenly slice of ollalieberry pie. We actually came home with a loaf of Pesto Artichoke focaccia and another pie...for later.
It was really a wonderful mini-vacation. I think it energized all of us. Now if I can just convince Doug to go back again next weekend….
We had an incredibly good time in Half Moon Bay. It was such a nice little get away...especially considering that the temps there were in the 50's-60's. We returned home to a temperature of 111! Yikes!! I'll be posting some photos from our trip later today or tomorrow.
I love the warm autumn colors in these pictures. I'm especially attracted to the color of the blue-gray mailbox in front of the copper-colored wall.
So, what do you guys think? Like or dislike? Ideas for decorating??
Answer: You post pictures of your beautiful and brave cousin Brittany.
I've always thought Brittany was absolutely gorgeous. This last trip to Alabama she agreed to let me take a few pictures of her. She was such a great sport and was up for whatever I asked. Poor girl! She ended up with cobwebs in her hair. She had hay in her hair. She stood with no shoes on a snake-y bank. She even posed on a decrepit porch of an abandoned house with a huge bee infestation. I had really wanted to do the abandoned house shots and was so excited about them. Unfortunately, that was our last stop of the day and the sun had already gone down. I didn't have my flash and even with my widest aperture, I had to dial the ISO way up. Plus, I was terrified she was going to be attacked by bees. I still wanted to share it because I thought the idea was fun.
and a hunk-a, hunk-a burnin' love.
My stepdad has a nice little cabin built out behind their house. It's very rustic and it's where the family goes for cookouts. Anna calls it Poppy's cabin. Lauren calls it Poppy's "cabinet".
Anna found a watch at my mom's. She proudly wore it everywhere. One day I asked her what time it was and she replied, "I don't know. I can't tell the time. My watch is on speed dial!" (Stopwatch setting)
Anna wanted to call Doug while we were away. She dialed our new home number, listened for a second and then hung the phone up. She looked at me with a perplexed expression and said, "Some lady said my party had been disconnected but I'm not even having a party!"
On the drive to the pet store, we had the following conversation:
A: Mommy, can I have a fish?
A: How 'bout a puppy?
M: Honey, we already have a dog.
L: I want a cunafish.
M: You mean you want a tunafish?
L: No, I want a CUNAfish. Just tell Anna.
M: Anna, Lauren wants a cunafish.
L: No, I don't. I want a lizard or a parrot.
By this time, we had made it to the pet store. Lauren was determined to bring home a lizard. I tried to explain to her why we were not going home with a lizard. She was none too happy about that decision. So, for the next day and a half, periodically, she would yell out, "How 'bout my lizard????"
We were at the grocery store and an ambulance raced up, sirens blaring. The girls asked what was happening and my dad replied that somebody must have had a heart attack. I heard them talking about it in the backseat of the car a few minutes later. Lauren told Anna that somebody had a "hat" attack.
The girls noticed the "Piggly Wiggly" sign while driving through a town in Alabama. Anna sounded it out and said, "Pigg-a-ly Wigg-a-ly...ooh, I wouldn't want to eat there!"
~"I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. "~ My God! How little do my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy! ~ Thomas Jefferson
We're back in California, safe and sound...although I may be a bit more gray after my first time flying with three kids. We had a great, great time on our mini vacation. You can check out some photos from our adventures in the posts below.
Whenever we visit Alabama, it’s almost as if we’re in a black hole of time. You wake up and the next thing you know it’s 10:00 at night. There are so many things to get done during the day but time just seems to slip away. I was thinking about that a lot on this trip but then I realized no matter how quickly the day goes by, when you're in the country there’s always time for...
Watchin' the corn come up in rows...
Doing chores....like shellin' peas
....and takin' care of the chickens...
Makin' new friends....
Takin' the road less travelled....
Hangin' with your cousins....
And your uncle...
Enjoyin' the land...
Learnin' to drive...
And there's always, always enough time for huggin'.