Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Fall Break Vacation | Part 2

On Sunday we headed to the Chiefs verses 49ers game.  Dana was super pumped about the game.  My brother is a big Chiefs fan.

Me with my adorable nephew, Mason.

I set my camera timer and grabbed this shot before we headed out for the game.  Mary had sitters lined up for the kids and they had a blast while we were gone.

My brother...

The kids were having a pillow fight before the sitter arrived...

I didn't take my good camera to the game so all of these images were taken on my iphone.  The fog never ceases to amaze me in in San Fran.

Getting ready to ride the light rail to the stadium.

Several others had the same idea.

A doctor that Mary works with provided us with two of our tickets.  They had a pretty cool tailgating party beforehand with lots of yummy food too.

It was hot, hot, hot... and more hot.  The sun is so strong in California. I baked in the stands for the first quarter and then I sought out shade until the third quarter started.

That night Zach was having fun with the kids...

My mom wanted some pictures of their cat, Bonnie, so she could draw her.

She sure is a pretty cat...

On our way out of Novato we stopped at the Jelly Belly Factory and took the tour.  We bought entirely too many bags of belly flops. You know... the ones that don't make the final cut.

Then we headed for Lake Tahoe to break up the drive home.  We stayed one night at the Marriott and had a wonderful time touring the area.

We took a walk down to a beach and enjoyed the view and the park.

I took a little break and enjoyed a fresh tomato, basil and pesto salad while Dana hung out with the girls at the park.

The kids had fun playing.

We all took in the beautiful sunset over the lake...

I loved that there were hints of fall everywhere...

The hotel that we stayed at had a kids center so we checked the kids in while we loaded up the car.  They had fun painting and climbing their faux rock wall.

The next morning we drove to Emerald Bay to get a different view of the lake.

The girls were being their normal silly selves.

This guy came along and started singing.  Clara decided to join him and he thought that she was just adorable.  We think so too.

The following morning we headed out of Tahoe and stopped at this lovely and quaint breakfast cafe.  I had a southwest brown rice and scrambled egg breakfast bowl.  It was delicious.

By the time we hit southern Nevada it was getting dark out.  It was a blood moon night, but I didn't know it when I took this picture.

Instragram edit on a cellphone picture...

I didn't get out my good camera in Vegas.  We arrived late at night, but we decided to take the girls down the strip to check it out from the comforts of our car.

The next morning, Dana took the girls to the pool.  They were so anxious, they were pacing while waiting to go.

After their swim, we headed out of the hotel and went to the Bellagio to have breakfast at the crepe bar.  I couldn't eat a crepe, but I could eat some of these decadent treats.

Clara waiting very patiently for her food...

We had a wonderful time and I feel very blessed that I am able to enjoy fun trips like this with my family.  It was nice to get out of the routine of school, dance, voice lessons, photography and homework and just enjoy each other.

Fall Break Vacation | Part 1

This fall we headed to California to visit my brother and his family. We also made a few stops during our trip.

On the way to Novato, we stopped in Redlands for a night.  We stayed with Dana's friend, Jaime, and his wife Sarah.  Redlands has this amazing ice cream shop that we went to after Jaime and Sarah's wedding rehearsal dinner.  I have been thinking about that place ever since.  So, of course, we had to go again.

Last time I got the salted caramel and my kids got the chocolate lavender.  They didn't care for the lavender and honey topping, but that was exactly what I was craving so I ordered the chocolate lavender and got them a plain chocolate scoop.  In hindsight... I should have ordered the topping on theirs and ate it myself.  Dana got the fresh mint chip.

Yum!!!  I am craving it now.

Aiyana enjoying her ice cream while she watches them make it for other customers.

The next morning we stopped at local bakery before heading out.  The girls wanted cinnamon rolls and so did I.  Since I eat gluten free I haven't had a cinnamon roll since I tried making them several months back.  Mine did not turn out so well.  So I needed a cinnamon roll fix.  This bakery had gluten free cinnamon rolls... Yay!

I took a few bites and decided that if I was going to eat all of those calories, I was going to do it the right way.  I asked the lady to warm it up and top it with butter.

On to Novato we went.  We were forced to drive part of the trip through Oakland and came with-in a few feet of a very nasty accident.  I was peering out my window thinking "we are in a very shady area of the city".  I was focused on a man dancing in the street with a cigaret in his mouth.  All of a sudden I heard this loud bang... Like someone fired a gun.  The man immediately ducked and held his position.  I wanted to scream, but I was frozen.  I looked in front of our car and the vehicle ahead of us appeared to have been trying to make a right hand turn and someone coming from the opposite direction t-boned them.  I said a little prayer and thanked God for keeping us safe.

We soon hit beautiful Novato and winded our way through the town to my brother's house.  The kids went crazy when they saw each other.  It was a pretty loud and eventful night.  

Then they crashed...

The next day we headed to Muir Woods to see the redwoods.

It was so dark under those humongous trees and trying to get a picture of these three together is nearly impossible... the little rug rats.

My sister-in-law, Mary, dared to take a picture of us with my camera lol.  Poor thing. I have a manual focus box in my viewer and I was too lazy to switch it off.

My brother took a picture of me explaining my camera to her ha, ha.

Mary took this picture with her camera...

...and my brother caught this one of the kids.

The girls and I taking a little break from our hike.  I was wearing boots with heals... Dumb idea.

I love how the light beamed through the trees...

The next stop was Point Reyes Lighthouse so we could venture out to the western most point of California.  It was so beautiful there.

The girls really loved the view.

We could see the fog creeping in so we hurried to the lighthouse before it was engulfed.

Point Reyes Lighthouse

Mary took these pictures...

I love this silhouette of my brother on the lighthouse viewing deck with the sun behind him.  Good job Mary!


The wind was a bit obnoxious

Back to my camera...

Poor Clara... Couldn't see a darn thing with all of that hair.

The fog had found us...

You can see it rolling off the side of this cliff.

We went inside the lighthouse to hear about it's history.

This picture was taken as we were heading up the 300 steps to the parking lot.

The kids had to stop for breaks on the way back up.

That night we got pizza and cake and celebrated Mason's 5th birthday a little early.