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Sunday, June 10, 2018

~Part 3....Sonoma/Napa~

We spent two full days in wine country.

Our first stop was Ramsgate Winery

the wine was lovely and the grounds amazing



Kendyl faking the drinking...she pulled that off well. Best daughter in law award goes to Kendyl who does not like wine but had a blast playing with us!




Chris looking the wine connoisseur part (I had to look that word up to see how to spell it๐Ÿ˜ฒ)



one of many family pics


this is more beautiful in person


Gardner getting his art on


ha



Next up our driver took us to Buena Vista winery. Again the wine was wonderful and the grounds super cool.

cheers and fam vacay bracelet check!


Allie wanted the "pensive" look. Hank and I look constipated ๐Ÿ˜‚


walk a straight line check!



Allie played with her new phone camera the entire trip...now we all want the new iphone! Notice how vibrant this pic is (wrinkles and all) compared to the one I took of Allie above...



Another fun day with my kiddos! We ate at El Dorado that evening and the kids planned their next morning to go check out the Sequoias before the wineries. My favorite part of the entire trip was watching how much the kids enjoy each other and have such a great time together. I had quite a few moments thinking of how proud Jeff would be of the adults they have grown up to be...funny, hard working, adventuresome, and most of all how commited they are to our family and their spouses! I am so thankful for these six!



Tuesday, June 5, 2018

~San Francisco/Napa #2~

Saturday morning Hank wanted to go to Mama's restaurant...it is so so so good, worth the wait kinda place
It opens at 8:00 so when Hank woke me up at 6:00 to leave by 6:20...I don't think I even responded since I knew he had already suckered Julianne into going that early (eye roll...she is always a pleaser...even when she knows it may be ridiculous:). I had promised Ju the night before that I would bring her coffee around 7:15 when maybe some normal people may be lining up. Allie and Eric passed since they were going to find a great sushi place and Gardner was not feeling great.

Anyhoo...Julianne started texting me at 7:00 asking for her coffee since it was freezing and I was already on my way....also sending me pics of the crowd....

yeah, not one person was there at 6:37 a.m. Hank is so proud he was first in line haha!





once I arrived at 7:00 with N000000 peeps in line, Ju and I took off to see Coit Tower...
we did not rush to get back:)

this was the line at 7:30 haha!! Good thing he drug Julianne there at 6:40. A worker opened the door at 8:00 and I asked him, "what is the earliest time most people start lining up?"  He responds, " 7:15 earliest". When told that this bozo (pointing at Hank) showed up at 6:40, he kind of chuckled...Hank says out of respect, I say out of thinking someone is a bit OCD :) . Chris joined us at a normal time of 7:50...smartest one of the group!!

Proof...so so awesome



Our driver was picking us up at 1:00 and we needed to check out of our hotel, so we just hung around Ghirardelli square and ate a bunch of junk until she came:)! We asked if she had time to take us to see the bridge...she did but not much so we had to HURRY!


We took some super fast pics after RUNNING up a big hill to the summit...


and quickly ran down to our waiting van, lots of laughter, and I about wet my pants ha!



We arrived to our awesome hotel in Sonoma, after waiting a bit for our rooms we received this pic from Gardner...

they are so ridiculous and funny!

All the kids started sending pics of their fruit and cheese plates with a bottle of wine...of which Hank and I did not receive. I think we were even with having flown first class now ๐Ÿ˜‚
Our plate was delivered when we were leaving for dinner ha!

when we returned from dinner the pics started flying again of our tv's fireplace....

and of course the awesome fitting "slippers" ๐Ÿ˜‚

We had such a great trip....lots and lots of laughs and NO interruptions!!
Next up all the wineries!





Friday, June 1, 2018

~San Francisco/Napa Part One~

This is part one... seeing as I have a gazillion pictures I want to save! 
Hank and I took the original big kids and their spouses on a big ole adult only vacay...they refer to themselves as the OR's (originals) and the xtras (spouses) so our trip was called #xtrafamvacay.

It was the best! I don't get much if any one on one time with my big kids since life is still busy with little people so this was such a special treat for us. We had actual conversations...without being interrupted except when I went off on a tangent ha!

We met Gardner and Kendyl in Phoenix and the vacation began with....
Gardner and Kendyl made trip bracelets for us (instead of their usual hilarious Mother's Day gift...last year they gave me a cement garden step stone with their footprints...at 27 years old๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚) including our names and Napa...
Mine says Piddle and Hank's PopPop. And no, we are not grandparents yet, but they call us these names since I asked what they would call us some day when we do become grandparents. They claim they were pushed into choosing and will not back off these names haha, whatever!

Our first stop was San Francisco for two nights...

Gardner and Kendyl always put hotel robes on first thing๐Ÿ˜‚



We stayed at Ghirardelli Square, it was an awesome place. We sat out on the terrace and enjoyed the view before we headed to our first dinner.

cornhole tourney


the gang minus Julianne, she must have been walking with me. One of the things I realized traveling with grown children is they still try to pull one over on you at all times, laughing hysterically as they do so. The picture before this one was way prettier but Gardner was flipping me off...he is so funny yeah right haha, just wait for all the pics with Allie's hand cut off๐Ÿ˜†

a perfect example, her sweet mama's hand on her shoulder so happy to have her kids with her and Allie slyly flips, once a punk always a punk๐Ÿ˜‚

the kids stayed up late planning the next day. Chris drew a map...it was spot on the real one...kinda


 On our first trolley ride
oh poor Allie is missing a hand again. Hank finally told her to stop๐Ÿ˜‚

first up was the Painted Ladies from Full House. It was so fun exploring with the kids since Hank and I had never done this before. Wish the trucks weren't there but what are you gonna do?



the park was gorgeous





Next up China Town


 I love this place, it gives me a little piece of China! We went in search of the best sushi restaurant only to be turned away since....we still are not sure why seeing as there were plenty of tables...but we found an awesome Chinese restaurant later. 




On to Lombard Street or Lombardo or Lombardi as I kept calling it๐Ÿ˜ด
Allie and Eric notice I'm taking their pic but not Hank ha!


the pic does not do justice to how steep it is








Lastly we hit the Pier.  We vistied the seals and facetimed the girls, they were so excited:). Everyone went back to hang until dinner but Allie, Eric and me. Allie is such an adventurous traveler, always ready to find something fun. We went through a mirror maze! It was really fun, a bit creepy at times but super cool. 





Whew that is enough for one day!!