Last Sunday we went for a quick visit up to San Francisco to visit my mom and aunty. It’s about a 2.5 hour drive for us. The kids were pretty good.
Never mind the part where Shane couldn’t take Charlotte’s whining and incessant pleas for a “waweepop”. Oh wait, let me correct that… “WAAAAWEEEEPOOOOOOP!!!!” He made me give her one.
And then, as you’ve probably guessed, she figured out that all she had to do was continue to whine and plea incessantly and we would give her a steady supply all the way up there.
Note to self: Take emergency lollipops out of the van. Yet another great idea that has backfired on us.
I love SF. Maybe it’s because we visited here so much when I was a kid. I feel comfortable driving around despite the hills and crazy traffic patterns. Like this intersection where the two left lanes suddenly and curiously become left-only turn lanes. The one right lane goes straight… into the next block, which has three lanes. Shane really doesn’t like driving in SF.
We parked at Ghirardhelli Square and it cost $22 for about 3 hours and that was with a $6 validation discount. We walked down to the pier area to eat. You can see Alcatraz in the distance there.
We ate at Cioppino’s and it was very nice. This picture is awful and it’s even taken after I ate about half of my soup. I’m terrible at taking pictures of my meals. I always get distracted with eating.
I was sitting across the table from my mom and Aunty Edwina. I was holding Eliza and had her standing on my lap. I was simultaneously kissing her cheek and swooning over her, explaining to my mom and aunty that she is the best baby ever and she’s so calm and cheerful and never any trouble.
Just then her arms apparently sprouted a few inches and she able to grap hold of my full glass of water in the middle of the table and dumped it all over the table, my lap and the floor.
The amazing servers at Ciopinno’s were on it before I even realized what had happened. I was really impressed. The guy who finished off the cleaning said “See? Nothing happened.” And my aunty remarked “Wouldn’t it be great if that happened at home?”
Uh. Yes!! Like every mess that happened, people swarmed in to clean it up before you even realized what happened!
I’m sure I’ll remember that moment for the rest of my life and Ciopinno’s has earned a loyal customer.
I’m just sorry I didn’t get pictures of it, ha!
After we ate, we headed down Hyde Street Pier to tour some ships that are offered by the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.
Caleb on an old ship’s anchor. I’m impressed that he actually let me take a picture of him.
This was as we were leaving the pier and looking toward SF…
After that, we hung out at Ghirardelli Square listening to the live music. It was a beautiful day, the weather was just perfect.
Here’s Ana posing. This is the only one I got in which she wasn’t picking her nose. She thought that was hilarious. I think she’s spending too much time with Caleb.
And this was about 5 minutes after we left the parking garage…