32 posts categorized "Travel"

November 06, 2008

Backyardigans Live

We're big Backyardigans fans here so when we saw an advertisement for a live performance of our favorite singing fivesome, we jumped on it. It was pretty fun! The girls totally loved it and they've been begging all day to do it again. However, at about $40 per ticket, that's not likely.  But we're happy to have done it once!

Who's your favorite?  My favorite is Uniqua.  I have no idea what the heck she's supposed to be but she's cute.  I get the pirate song stuck in my head and it's there for days!

October 06, 2008

Ahhhh! That was fun!

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Even with a 60% chance of rain, we headed to San Francisco for the weekend and we're so glad we did because it was beautiful!  We took the ferry to Sausalito where we dined on pizza and ice cream while basking in some of the most perfect Bay Area weather we've ever seen! 

Three hours later, we took the ferry back to Fisherman's Wharf and enjoyed more of the local culture and fried food snacks.  Gwen and Maddy loved the Sea Lions on Pier 39 and thought they should be called Sea Dogs because they bark so much!

We were amazed to see an incredibly large yacht sailing around the bay.  The Maltese Falcon is a clipper sailing luxury yacht owned by American venture capitalist Tom Perkins. It is one of the largest privately-owned sailing yachts in the world at almost 290 feet!  Believe it or not, it's possible for just one person to control the yacht.  Amazing.  The girls really could have cared less but we were impressed!

More photos from the weekend here: 

October 01, 2008

My Dream


One of the most memorable parts of our trip to China this summer (our 3rd trip) was attending live performances in many of the cities we visited.  We saw the Acrobat Show and the Kung Fu Show in Beijing and several dance shows in Xian and Shanghai and nearly every other city on our itinerary. 

At first, we didn't hold out much hope that our girls (almost age 4) would care at all for these performances but it was immediately apparent that both of them loved the shows so we were sure to include one in each of the cities we visited whenever it was possible.  Even though most shows encroached upon nap or bed time, both of our kids sat in a nearly hypnotic state and hardly blinked for the entire performance!  That's how much they love shows! 

Today, they also enjoy movies but they're quick to distinguish between the two by saying that they want a "show with hands".  This is a direct reference to the type of show they love -- the type with colorful dancers and their hands (like the picture on the left). 

We're always on the lookout for new theatrical performances so we were thrilled to learn that the China Disabled People's Performing Art Troupe would be in our city in October.  This looks like a very impressive show and we're really excited to have tickets to this event and happy to advertise it on our blog. 

I hope we'll see you there!

OCTOBER 11, 2008

My Dream
An extraordinary performing art presented by
China Disabled People's Performing Art Troupe

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August 31, 2008

Labor Day Weekend

We spent Labor Day weekend in Santa Fe this year and the highlight of the trip was that we got to meet our new niece for the very first time!  Interestingly, she was born the same day as Michael at almost the same hour so they're almost exactly 20 years apart to the hour.  What are the odds of that!?  Her weight and length was nearly identical too!   And, like my firstborn, she's breathtakingly beautiful.

Gwen and Maddy were really excited to meet her.  They were excited about just about everything last weekend.  They love to fly in airplanes.  They love to sleep away from home (we bought two aerobeds for kids and we're very impressed with the quality!).  They were extremely excited to see Nana and Grand-dad again and were not at all happy about the prospect of going back home -- until they realized it involved another plane ride.  When we landed in San Jose, they wanted to do it all over again and they've already started asking about our next trip.

Here are some more pictures of pretty little Baby Paige. 


May 28, 2008

Memorial Day (Weekend)

Even though we were barely unpacked and recovered from our China trip, we decided to pack up again and head somewhere fun for the three day holiday weekend (Memorial Day).    We don't have many of these so it seemed a shame to waste one.  Plus, now that we know our girls can sleep in a hotel bed, we're trying to make up for all the lost long weekends of the past two years.  Besides, this is our last year before they're in school (Pinch me, please!  Can that be true!?!).

May 24, 2008:  Saturday morning, we loaded our suitcases into the van and headed to San Francisco (Interestingly, we seemed to have as much luggage for two days in San Francisco as we had for 4 weeks in China).  We found a nice hotel right on Fisherman's Wharf and spent the next 24 hours exploring as much of The City as possible.   The girls LOVED the cable car and had a blast running around Ghiradelli Square.

First on our agenda was the SF Zoo.  The girls love animals and visiting a zoo is always way up high on their list of favorite things to do.  We saw the usual assortment of beasts, rode the steam train, ate some overpriced food and had a wonderful time!  I'm not sure what's up with the peacocks this time of the year but they sure were frisky!  This lovely fellow was more than happy to follow us for several minutes and strut his stuff for our camera. 


We had a delicious dinner at Aliotos where the chef was very accommodating and agreed to cook up two grilled cheese sandwiches for the girls so Mommy and Daddy could enjoy some of San Francisco's best seafood!  When Andrew and I were dating, this was one of the first places he took me and Michael.  Michael wasn't a vegetarian back then and was just a little kid - barely 12 (next week, he'll be 20!).   A few years later, we came back with my brother and sister in law.  I remember where we sat each time we dined there.  Today was our third visit and I often think about how it would have felt to have a crystal ball way back on our first visit and be able to look into the future and see that the third time we walked through those doors we'd each be holding one hand of our two daughters!   

I wonder what our 4th visit will be like.  I'm already trying to imagine it!


May 25, 2008:  Sunday afternoon, we checked out of our hotel in SF and headed south to Half Moon Bay.  We stayed at the Ritz (something nice to do once but really much too extravagant!).  The grounds were gorgeous and we strolled along a path flanked by beach cliffs on one side and a velvety golf course on the other.   The view was incredible but it was a bit overcast so not too many of our pictures turned out. 

Gwen started out in a really rare and quite miserable mood (no nap) and we got plenty of disapproving looks from just about everyone as she stood on the path and wailed.   Daddy finally pulled her out of it by showing her how to roll down a little hill in the grass. 

For the best part of an hour, the kids ran up and rolled down that small grassy hill with their Daddy (while Mommy took pics).  They laughed and romped and rolled and never wanted to stop even though all that grass caused Gwenny and Mommy to discover allergies we never knew we had!  Seriously, we sneezed about 100 times each!  We went back to the room and ordered room service for dinner and lounged around and snuggled in our two queen sized beds and watched cartoons.   

May 26, 2008:  Monday morning, we checked out of the hotel and came home.  It's nice to have these little trips but oh-so-nice to be back home!  At least that's how Mommy and Daddy feel about it.  Gwen and Maddy protested as soon as they started to notice familiar scenery and told us "I don't wanna go home!  I wanna go hotel home!"

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