Sunday, September 30, 2012

full circle moments

Last night I got together with my life long bff Ally.
She is wonderful. But I've said that a million times before!
It was so awesome for many reasons, some being:
a. Sometimes I feel really alone since I'm not very good at making friends, and she invited me over just when I was feeling this
b. She's hilarious and we just laugh and laugh and laugh
c. Her new little married house is SO fabulously decorated, I was in awe!
d. We played Yahtzee, such a classic
But the best thing ever about last night was that we watched her wedding video! I don't think anyone understands our true fascination with wedding videos. We used to watch her sister Jennie's probably once a week, not even exaggerating. We would search out people's wedding videos to borrow and watch. It was by far our #1 hobby, next to spying on boys in the Whiting's backyard and making tapes of us singing.
So watching Ally's own wedding video was so strange and beautiful! How did we go from watching wedding videos to starring in them (well, some of us)? It's crazy how life can come full circle in what feels like such a short time. I love these moments.

Monday, September 24, 2012

I love San Francisco, vol. 2

On to day 2! We woke up, got some bagels and caught a cab to Fisherman's Wharf for our tour (and some fresh mini donuts). My dad heard about this movie tour that shows you all the places where movies have been filmed in San Francisco while showing you the actual clip. We thought it sounded like a fun and different way to see the city, so we went for it! And guess what... it was AWESOME. I didn't really know most of the movies but it was a great way to see the entire city! We seriously covered the entire city in 3 hours. Let me show you.

At Fisherman's Wharf, we saw Alcatraz from afar and Jessica felt very riveted.

We stopped for pictures at City Hall, which is so gorgeous and looks like it belongs in Paris and not in the middle of the city!

The painted ladies! AKA Full House houses AKA my childhood. Alamo Square Park has these beauties plus a stunning view of the city. I loved it here... only need like 3-5 mil and one of these houses will be mine!

Inspiration Point. Right in the middle of a Golden Gate park and a fabulous view of the bay. I think it's safe to say we all left very inspired.

The GGB herself! Fun fact: my Grammy walked across the bridge the day it opened in 1937 when she was 12 years old, and she walked across it again on the 50th anniversary. This year is the bridge's 75th anniversary and we wish Gram was here to walk across with us!

We went to the roof of this fort at the base of the bridge and it was windy and cold and AMAZING! This moment was to die for. I love this place.

We tried to recreate our picture at the Sydney Harbour Bridge in Australia a few years ago here

anyone recognize this? It's the house from Mrs. Doubtfire

this beautiful wall of flowers was in front of some crazy nice house in Pacific Heights right across from the Mrs. Doubtfire house
We had lunch at this crazy place from Man vs. Food called Ike's Place. It was a long wait but soooo good... my only complaint is that they have no place to actually eat. But we walked to a park nearby and ate there since it was such a gorgeous day! Oh and this place is apparently in the gay neighborhood of San Fran, which we found out when we came across a group of about 30 men walking the streets literally. butt. naked. True story! Pretty awkward when you're with your dad but it was actually super funny.

Then we headed to the Giants game! Dixon chose seats on the second row in right field. It was awesome and a totally different experience than the night before! We were right behind Hunter Pence and Jessica fell in love with him.


They won the game and clinched their division! It was SO exciting and the coolest environment ever! All the players ran around the whole field giving high fives and celebrating and it was just the best moment. Something I'll never forget! Bring on the playoffs!

It was such a short but sweet, packed trip. I loved every minute of it! I came home so exhausted but I'm already ready to go back. Hopefully I'll see you soon, San Francisco!

I love San Francisco, vol. 1.

This family loves the bay area. Some of our roots are there- my beloved Grammy was born and raised in El Cerrito, right across the bay from San Francisco. My dad has lots of great memories of going there in the summers to visit his family, and lucky for us kids, he likes to pass those on to us. It's a very special place to me and I really wish I would have been able to go there with my Gram! I know she would have had the greatest stories and hole-in-the-wall places to visit! Do you think there will be cities and vacations in the next life? I really hope so, because Gram is most definitely rocking that joint.

Anyways, my dad turned the big 5-0 in August and we originally wanted to do a big family trip to SF to celebrate. It didn't ever come together, but my genius mother had the idea to gift him Giants tickets for whenever he wanted to go and with whoever he wanted to take- cue sibling rivalry competition! Luckily I also had a genius gift for my dad, a video of pictures of his life that included all the pictures from our various travels and adventures over the years. This made him nostalgic (mission accomplished), and he invited his 3 favorite children to accompany him! SCORE! Chase was disqualified via the whole mission thing, and Hannah just isn't quite cool enough to join us yet (sorry Bill, love ya). So without further adieu, I present to you day 1 of our San Francisco trip!

*There will be a ton of pictures because it's easier to share them on the blog than email them to the siblings. Suck it up and enjoy it with us :)))

We left early Friday morning, met up with Jessi at the airport and flew to SF. Padre was already there for some work stuff so we met him at the hotel right on the Embarcadero, and our room happened to have a KILLER view of the bay!

This hotel was excellent for me because there's this random sandwich place that I'm obsessed with called Buckhorn Grill that was literally 10 steps away. Seriously, best tri-tip sandwich of my life. I'm a little sad we only had it one time, I DREAM about this sandwich! (Prepare yourselves for food updates, it's my reality people).
We took the cable car right outside our hotel up to Union Square and Market St. for some shopping and the obligatory stop at Nike Town SF for some Giants gear, because you can't let that discount go to waste, right?

They get business DONE, even on a cable car

Then we went back to change and head to AT&T Park for the game!!! I just love this place. There's something about a ballpark that puts a smile on my face. We had the most beautiful walk along the embarcadero to get there, including walking right under the Bay Bridge. And did I mention that we had the perfect weather the whole time we were there?!

Supporting my boy Buster Posey... I adore him
My dad left me and Dixon in charge of seats. Friday was my night and I picked some great seats in the club level, mostly for the incredible gooey carmel popcorn, which I failed to get a picture of because it was inhaled at a disgusting rate. It was Olympic Night at the park and when we were walking to our seats we ran into Nathan Adrian, aka 3 time gold medal swimmer from the London Olympics! He was the guy that won the freestyle by .01 seconds if you remember. And, he's a total BABE... I got to touch his back and I could feel those swimmer muscles right through. Sorry I'm kind of a creeper Nathan, but you're just TOO gorgeous!

bacon wrapped hot dog... check.

garlic fries... check. surprisingly delicious!

We got to see my boy Buster get the Willie Mac Award! Did I mention I love him?! And his wifey and little baby twins were with him and my heart just melted.

check out this sunset... it was an unbelievable night!