I was super excited when M3 mentioned that this trip would include a day in San Francisco! Couldn’t wait!! I had only visited there one other time and it was for a brief couple of hours on a cold, rainy February afternoon back in 2008. This year’s trip ended up being a bright sunny day and the best part was that we were all together!
We left Casa Salsa just after 9am and watched as the temperature quickly dropped by over 40oF! We made a quick stop off at Wela and BobBob’s for Apricot Dream Bars – I mean, to drop off Dusty, and then we were on our way.
The change in temps meant the donning of hoodies in the morning but that was just fine with us. Hannah was chilly so S2 offered up her hoodie which she looked adorable in as it’s still a couple of sizes too big for her. Some of the clothes Hannah inherits from Ro and Ree have been handed down from H2 and S2 so there is a possibility this hoodie may make a reappearance in a couple of years. Fun!
After a quick stop at Starbucks for lunch (a first for us and it was yummy!) we were off to the Exploratorium.
Inside the Exploratorium there was more than the girls could possibly see and experience in the time that we had there. We had a number of hours to enjoy it and yet we probably visited only about 1/4 of it! If you have to opportunity to take your children there, they’ll love it!
This one little spot occupied them for over 10 minutes so it was easy to see that this visit would be one where the kiddos took the lead and we happily allowed them to explore at their own pace.
At one point we moved on to the ‘pin play’ where the girls spent ages creating these awesome flowing designs!
There was a neat spot with mirrors that created a fun visual effect. Many would say 1 of someone is enough but not when you stand here! Hannah’s favourite part was when we danced in front of the mirrors. I love her creativity!
I really wanted to eat in the city so we walked next door to a beautiful restaurant called The Waterfront. It offered a breathtaking view of the Bay and I ordered Lobster Risotto which I moaned with happiness with every single bite I think!! It was beyond delicious and my mouth is watering again now just thinking of it! Hannah enjoyed fish and chips but I think her favourite part was the cute little ketchup bottle.
Sadly all too soon it was time to say goodbye to D2, K2, S2, and H2 as they were flying home early the next morning. Saying goodbye to the girls was tough so Hannah gave them each a hug that will hopefully remind them of her love.
This is our 2nd year that we have shared July 4th together and hopefully we’ll be able to do this again next year!