Friday, August 26, 2011

San Francisco Day 7

We all decided to hit up the Bay Area Childrens Museum on our way out of town.  We were able to drive across the Golden Gate Bridge, and the museum is not that far from it, it was pretty cool.

They were currently having a Curious George exhibit, and our little Curious George lover was in heaven!

This is the view of the bridge from the museum

Tyler wanted to ride our bikes around Lake Tahoe, well little did we know that the road around there is really busy, it scared the crap out of me, being pretty new at this bike riding stuff, so we didn't go too long.  It was sure a nice view though

Big boy in a little trailer!!
It was a really fun trip that we were glad we took.  Fin was pretty rough the whole last day of driving, but we survived it all and have a lot of fun memories to take from it.  I asked Holden what his favorite part was and he said "playing with my cousins"  He always has such a fun time playing with them, I wish we lived closer to each other, but we will take the opportunity to see them when we can. 

San Francisco Day 6

Our initial plan was to start heading home on Friday, but we decided to spend another day there.  Tyler went on a bike ride and rode across the Golden Gate Bridge, I was worried about him out there, it is pretty scary.  When he came home, Nikole took us to these concrete slides that were really fun for the kids.  It is a lot of fun until people start getting burns from the slide.  Finley kept wanting to go again and again.

Since Tyler grew up in Florida, he missed the ocean and was determined to see it.  Nikole took us to the beach in Pacifica, and it was sooooo cold!  The kids loved it, even though they looked bright red after playing in the water.  I was surprised at how more and more daring Fin got, he kept saying that the water was coming to get you.  But he loved throwing rocks in the water and then he eventually kept getting more and more wet, until he fell in the water and then he was done.  Tyler did go out and swim in it for a minute, it was too bad we didn't bring his wet suit and surf board.

San Francisco Day 5

We went to the Discovery Kingdom Six Flags.  It was a lot of fun and the weather was perfect
Andy, Haley and Holden having their pictures taken

Waiting in line for their first ride

Finley pointed out where he wanted to go on the map

I love this picture.  Fin was scared to go on most of the rides that I tried to get him to go on.  Tyler and Nathan had taken the big kids to ride the roller coasters and Nikole and I had the littles.  But when we met back up with them he was more daring enough to ride the rides with Tyler.  Here he is with Michael waiting for the frog ride to start

Tyler said that while they were waiting, Fin said he needed to say a prayer, which is funny because he never says that so randomly, I guess he felt he needed the protection :)

Tyler had to put his hands on his shoulders so that he would feel safe, crazy kid!

This is how Caleb was most of the trip.  And looking back on the trip, I don't think I realized at the time, but he was soo good during the whole trip.  He never fought me and did what I needed him to do!

All of the big kids did this game and won a prize, and the next thing I know Fin is climbing out of the stroller saying that he was going to do it, so Tyler helped him

Michael, Holden, Fin and Andy

San Francisco Trip Day 4

Tyler wanted to take out bikes so we could ride around Golden Gate Bridge Park as well as ride to the ocean.  When we had been on the road about 1 1/2 hours after we first left, Tyler realized he had forgotten to put the wheels to the trailor in the car.  He was trying to come up with a way to still be able to do it and I suggested we ask my mom to overnight the wheels to us, it was pretty costly but after we hauled our bikes all the way there it was worth it.  Although Caleb is a pretty big dude and it just is too small for him so we are going to be on the lookout for a bigger trailer.  But the funny thing is--Tyler will love this--but we finally navigate our way to the park and set his bike up and he goes to get the trailer out and we had left the wheels at my sisters house, after they had been overnighted to us!!  He was not happy to say the least :)  So we went back and got them and then headed back to the park to do our ride.
It was pretty cold and windy, I wore Tyler's leg warmers and Holden wore Tyler's arm warmers on his skinny little legs.  It worked out and it was pretty fun.  Finley loves to go on bike rides, and Tyler says that he narrates the whole ride.  We ended up stopping at a little park that my sister had told us about in the park and Holden and Finley had a fun time playing in there

After the ride and dinner, Tyler took all the kids to the school playground again.  We took their pictures of them all bundled up on the steps of their house.

Nikole taking a picture of them, with a happy baby Alina looking on

San Francisco Trip Day 3

On our second day in SF, my sister offered to watch the boys while Tyler and I went downtown to check out a few sights.  We knew that it was going to be cooler in SF but we didn't realize HOW cold it actually was going to be.  I wish I would have taken more pictures of their house and where they live.  But they live SW of downtown and are usually shrowded in the mistly fog all the time which makes it a lot cooler.  Downtown was not as bad, at least the sun was shining.  So that is why Tyler and I are all bundled up in the middle of summer!
Tyler and I on the steep street that we parked on to go to the Coit Tower

A picture of the Coit Tower from a distance

A view from the Coit Tower

Tyler took a picture of all the tourists taking pictures of Lombard Street.  We ended up driving down this street while trying to find the Coit Tower.  Lombard Street is the most crooked street in the world.

After Tyler and I took our little tour, we went and picked everyone up and went back downtown to Fishermans Wharf.  We went to Hyde's Street Pier, where we were able to tour a bunch of different vessels.  They gave the kids each a little book they could fill information out about all the boats, which turned out to be a big pain in the butt, because Holden was determined to do it and Tyler and I ended up doing most of it, fun for us!

Fin and I on the Ferry

Holden reciting the pledge that they made him do to get his badge.  The lady was really cute with the kids and really nice about it, so that made it easier!

Tyler made them all point at their dang badges!!  Can you believe the pants and jackets in August!!

Tyler and Nathan took Nate, Holden, Haley and Andy to a SF Giants baseball game that night.  Traffic ended up being so bad as we were leaving Downtown that we left them there to wait for Nathan since it was so close to the game.  So I then had to drive back to their house by myself.  I was pretty scared, you take your life into your hands while driving in CA!!
Tyler said it was a fun game but pretty cold and they were selling hot chocolate and he wanted some, once again this is the middle of August!!

Trip to San Francisco Day 1 and 2

My sister and her family are living in San Francisco for a year while her husband is doing a specialized training for his career as a doctor.  We haven't taken a big family trip like this for 5 years and decided to was time to.  We broke the 12 hours of driving up into two days.  The first day took about 8 hours to get to Reno, NV, where we stayed at the Silver Legacy Casino there.  Holden had eyes as big as quarters as we walked around and had dinner there.  We walked over to Circus Circus after dinner and let the boys play games and win some prizes there.
We stopped at the Bonneville Salt Flats on the way.  I have lived in Utah my entire life and have never been out to them!!  Tyler tasted wanted to taste it to make sure it was in deed salt--It was!!

At the hotel on the morning of the second day.  Tyler was trying to convince Finley to get in the hot tub.  The pool was way too cold, so they stayed in the hot tub

He finally got in

We did make it to my sister's house that afternoon, and she made dinner for us and the kids played at the school playground that is down the street from them.  My brother in law Nathan got some good pictures of them, that I will add later when I get them!