Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Life's a beach

We rented the beach house that the union that Benson belongs to owns.  My parents, Laura, Janel, Johnny, Avery, and Wyatt were able to come with us.  We were there the first part of August.  Since it was so close to Ryan's birthday we decided that while we had family in town we would celebrate. 
 Some friends of ours also happened to be renting a beach house in the same town we were in on the same weekend.  So we invited them to come and celebrate also.

 Ryan had been talking about a pinata for the last few months.  Every time we went grocery shopping he would point them out and I kept telling him he had to wait until his birthday.  He was very patient and very excited when it was finally his birthday.
 As soon as he got his hand on a piece of candy he had it opened and was eating it.  Then he continued to stuff his pockets.
 Present time!  He loved opening presents, what kid doesn't!
 The kids playing with the car that Ryan got from Dylan and Camdyn.
 Happy Birthday Ryan!
 Ryan wanted the head of the dinosaur.  The piece right in the middle of the cake!
 Me letting Ryan know that his mommy cut that piece out just for him.
 On Monday we headed right for the beach.  It was a beautiful day and we just hung out and enjoyed it.

 Dylan and Camdyn also came to the beach with us that day.
 Ryan covering Benson in sand.

 Avery and Brooklyn

 On Tuesday we had 2 sick kids.  It started with Ryan late Monday night and then on the way to the Evergreen Aviation Museum Brooklyn threw up.  So Benson brought her back to the beach house.  Then Benson, Jeremy, and Johnny headed back out for the museum.  They had a good time.
 Tuesday night we roasted marshmallows.  We were supposed to do them at the beach but with Brooklyn not feeling well we stayed at the house hoping she would be able to join us.  She never felt good enough to come out.  Benson layed in bed with her so she wouldn't be all alone.
 Notice my mom all wrapped up and the rest of us in shorts and t-shirts.  I told her she is turning into an old person.
 Wyatt, Jeremy, Ryan, and Avery
 On Wednesday we went to the Hatfielf Science Center.  They had a really cool touch tank that the kids really enjoyed.
 After that we ate lunch at Mo's and then headed to Devil's Punch Bowl.  We were there at the wrong time though because it was high tide so it wasn't as fun as other times we have been there when the kids can explore on the rocks.

Ryan, Janel, and Avery
 Johnny and Brooklyn
 Jeremy and Avery had a great time playing on all of this driftwood.
 On our way back we stopped to check out some scenery.  I love this view.  Not just the view of the wonderful man standing next to me but what is behind us also.
We had a great time.  There was a few hiccups along the way but all in all it was a great few days!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Saturday was our last day.  We went to a park in Los Gatos with Zach and Kelly.  We took the kids on the train and Ryan went on the carousel.  We also brought lunch and just enjoyed a few hours at the park.

Eating an icee.

 We had a really fun week.  Thanks to all who were involved.  It was fun posting the pictures cause it helped me escape for a few minutes and remember what a good time we had.

Sea Cliff Beach take 2

By Friday we had pretty much spend all of our money and energy.  So we decided to take it easy again and headed back to the beach.  The kids had had such a good time earlier in the week that we thought it would be a good idea to go back.  There must have been a storm the night before because there was a ton of seaweed on the beach which made it very stinky!  But we still had a good time.

Jeremy was super happy to see that the fort him and Ryan had built on Wednesay was still somewhat there.

 Ryan was way more brave this time to get in the water.

Back to SF

On Thursday we went back to San Francisco to do some tourist stuff.  We started back at AT&T park to walk around the outside.  While we were there a motorcycle cop pulled up and he let Jeremy get on his bike, he also got to beep the siren and turn on the lights.  He was going to let Ryan also but he was too scared.
 McCovey Cove
 Brooklyn posing, what a funny girl.
 Benson wanted to go to Alamo Square and take pictures of the "painted ladies." 
 Then of course I needed a classic "Full House" picture.
 We walked part way across the Golden Gate Bridge.  It was really neat.  We even saw a dolpin in the water.
 It wasn't windy at all.  (Yeah right)

 We drove down to this area.  I am not sure the name of it and watched the water crash against the rocks.  I let the kids poke their heads out the sunroof and get hit by the water.  As you can tell Brooklyn chickened out as the water was coming up!
 We were watching a seal play in the water.
 An old military fort at the base of the bridge.  It was really cool to walk through.
 The cemetary at the Precidio.  The kids were talking about who was buried there and Benson told them that they had to be in the military to be buried there.  So Brooklyn says to Jeremy,  "Yeah Jeremy, Zach will be buried here soon enough."  (Zach is Benson's nephew who is in the Army.)  Benson and I both said hopefully not!
 That evening we met up with Adrienne and went to dinner by her apartment in the Marina.  It was fun to walk around there a little bit.  After that we went back to her place and had ice cream.  And of course I didn't take any pictures of her and me!