Hi, it’s August! (and what happened in July)

Has it really been nearly two months since my last post?? I guess that’s what happens when you stay busy.

Busy scraping the old sealant off a trailer roof and slicing your thumb open, requiring the use of antibiotics for the first time in over a decade… Busy packing for a family of four into 4 carry on size bags, bringing enough to cover two weeks of cold city touring plus grubby camping clothes suitable for 99 degree weather… Busy going to California to see Yosemite but only really seeing the billowing smoke from the fire… Busy finding toddler size bite marks in two different types of cheese… Yep; life goes on, even when the blogging takes a hiatus.

We did get to spend a few days in San Francisco.

Where the sun suddenly disappeared and the fog rolled in (the family pic and the one above were taken within 20 minutes of each other).

So we resorted to using the extra pairs of socks as gloves. Hey, San Francisco, I think someone forgot to tell you it was July.

We took a pedicab to our dinner of fish-and-chips. The next day, we checked out the Renegade Craft Fair, but I was too enthralled to take any pictures. We met up with the adorable Jen from LWPH sews, and picked up a gorgeous new crib sheet for P’s room update (she has requested pink, since it’s her “fay-wit” color). Also, she posted a pretty cute pic of the girls and I on her instagram feed, since we were the lucky winners of an adorable blanket. Check the schedule to see if the craft fair is coming to a city near you! You won’t be disappointed.

We ate at the same restaurant for breakfast 2 of the 3 mornings we were there. If you are ever in San Francisco, eat at Brioche. At least once.

On our catamaran tour of the bay I decided then and there that when I grow up I want to be a pirate and sail the seas. It was so peaceful and beautiful that we forgot how cold it was.

A highlight of our trip was getting to visit our friends on a dairy. G had requested weeks in advance if she could help feed the calves, and they were kind enough to fulfill her dream. (How cute is that one above with the heart on its forehead?! I need an emoji with heart eyes right about now.) The girls played in the cottonseed, in the exact spot I played as a girl. Sometimes life does that to you– brings you around, full circle, and you get to enjoy what it’s like on the other side. I used to think it was the most fun to be a kid and jump and slide in the softest, most gigantic pile of cow feed– but, nope! Turns out it’s the most fun to be a parent and watch your kid discover it, as their faces light up while they laugh hysterically.

We reached the “first tooth” milestone one night into camping in the Sequoias– and as she stood smiling, biting down on a paper towel, she said with raised eyebrows, “twenty bucks?”, asking for due compensation… that might seem a little steep, as I have no idea of the going tooth fairy rates, but husband and I knew that she had another tooth coming up behind it already and an extraction would cost way more than the $20 we promised her.

Because of the fire in Yosemite, we only ended up staying one night (less than 24 hours) and woke up to sore throats and a smoke filled tent, with a fine layer of ash covering all our camping gear. So we hit the road and headed to Santa Cruz, where we were able to take a day and see the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Sometimes it’s the plans that fall through that lead you on an adventure, so we tried not to be too disappointed that we missed out on Yosemite.
 

Prior to camping, we ended up having to pick up a helmet for P, and this is the one she chose. We didn’t have room in our carry on luggage, so we had her wear it onto the plane so as to avoid any questioning from the flight crew as to whether or not we were over the luggage allowance… It worked out, because a) she didn’t want to take it off, and b) you never can be too careful during takeoff and landing. 😉

Stephanie

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