Friday, October 30, 2015

San Francisco

A while ago, Southwest had some really cheap flights to San Francisco. Jared thought a couples trip would be a lot of fun so we bought tickets. Brian and Tashina, and Tony and Danell joined us. Jared and Brian left Thursday so they could go to the Seahawks game. The rest of us arrived early Friday morning. 
Our first stop was to the  Palace of Fine Arts
Tashina thought this looked like the perfect climbing tree. 
Right around the corner is Lucas Films. We visited the Yoda fountain and then walked around the lobby looking at Star Wars memorabilia. 
Golden Gate Bridge from the Presidio
Drove down to Muir Woods 
Another view of the bridge from the other side
At Golden Gate Park
Sutro Baths 
Palace of the Legion of Honor
We did the Half Moon Bay drive and stopped at Sam's for lunch. Apparently they have the best lobster roll so that is what we ordered for lunch. It was really good---as was the clam chowder (which they served to you in a bowl the size of a bathtub!)
Grace Cathedral
The seals at Fishermans Wharf
We stayed in a house in a cute little neighborhood. This was a little market by the house. It was fun exploring...we found a yummy Mexican place that served great smoothies and a Mexican bakery.  
The rest of these pictures are from Danell and Tashina. We took a lot of selfies! I don't think I have ever been in so many vacation pictures in my life.  
At the Huskies game 
This is some guy who offered to take our picture. When we looked at the phone we had an awful lot of his picture. haha
Palace of Fine Arts
Somewhere in China Town
Greek food for lunch
Doughnuts from Kara's Doughnuts 
Driving down Lombard Street
We saw a lot of pumpkin patches on our drive
On the last day, the guys got massages in China town and we got our nails done. This is the guys leaving the massage place. Danell and I ended up also getting a foot massage as well. 
Chinese food in China town right before coming home. 
Last selfie on the plane
We had so much fun and are already planning our next trip. It was a nice little break from the kids (A HUGE thanks to Josh for watching the kids!) 

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Halloween Flashback

 Looking at old Halloween pictures. 

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Cider Fest

Every year my family gets together and makes fresh apple cider from apples in the orchard. I've never been home when the apples are ready so I always miss it. When Jared was in Michigan, I took the kids to AZ for a few days. It was so much fun and worth the 12 hours in the car with the kids.
The kids really loved picking apples. I swear Devin was there (he runs when he sees the camera!)
Devin and Adalynn were awesome and pretty much did most of the dehydrated apples. 
Twins!
One night my mom threw the girls a princess party. They called it Paula's Princess Party (she served pop, popcorn, pizza and they painted and had a pony pinata). Lyla was taking a nap so I didn't get any pictures of her. 
Mom and Addie on their way to pick up the pizza in their princess outfits. 
Bobbing for apples
I wish I had taken more pictures of the process of making the cider. Maybe next time! I also didn't get any pictures of Jen, Jake and Bruce! They were there and we had a nice time with them. 
Had to get a picture of some of the yummy produce I took home. I also had 16 quarts of applesauce and a box of apples.Not pictured are two ice chests full of elk burgers, ground elk, elk sausage, pork roasts and a bunch of the cider. 
So glad I was able to come home, even if was a quick visit!