Sunday, May 29, 2011

Memorial Day

We usually forget to hang out our flag on holidays.  It's hit or miss, depending on how busy we are but this time I remembered so we put it out yesterday before we forgot once again. 

For anyone who wants to add meaning to Memorial Day, you might be interested in the link I'm posting below but it's not for the faint of heart.

It's not gory or anything but it is uncomfortable.  I know friends who would rather skip it and, in a way, so would I - I only read it once.  But it made me run to the closet and grab the flag. 

(I think you will have to copy and paste it, though, since it did not come up highlighted when I added it here)

Friday, May 27, 2011

"Gateway" Part II: Baseball and Dirt Biking

One of us in the family had a birthday...not just any birthday...well, I'd better stop here before I get into trouble.
(We were not supposed to make a big deal out of this momentous day.) 

The reason I called this post: "Gateway - Part II", is that it was the second part of the momentous birthday for this particular family member. It was a gateway to a new era, so to speak.

 I think I'm getting into trouble here...

Anyway, we took the old guy to a Giant's game at AT&T Park.
Kevin, and both Laurens joined us! It is an amazing ballpark!

Here's McCovey Cove where boats hang out to catch home run balls.

Then, of course, we went to Dave's favorite San Francisco seafood restaurant in North Beach.

Daddy-Daughter time...
Daughters can give hugs and hold your hand and no one thinks it's odd!

Coit Tower. We still love the touristy stuff!

Lauren drove us down Lombard Street - a drive only for courageous drivers!

She navigated the cable car craziness too...

Gotta love this wonder Kevin and his Lauren want to live here.

Now, since Drew is in Los Angeles, which is about a 6-8 hour drive away (depending on traffic), he couldn't join us for the "big day" so he had his Dad (aka: dirt bike buddy) join him for a ride in the Mojave Desert.

Here is the famous and desolate Mojave Desert where the two crazier members of our family have been going for years to ride dirt bikes:

Dad on a break...

The ultimate rider...fearless I hear...

The "fearless rider" and his lady love, Giovanna, at Dodger's Stadium...rooting for the Giants!  Now, wearing a Giant's hat in Dodger's stadium, ....  that's fearless!!!  I almost had a panic attack thinking about it!

Great kids!  Thank you so much!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Gate To The Future - Part 1

We've lived here for 35 years but never walked across the Golden Gate Bridge.  We drive over it at least once or so every year but, for some reason, (maybe the wind and cold!) we never got out of the car to walk the span.  This time we did!  It's 1.7 miles long...

Here we are approaching the bridge.  Lauren was our personal chauffeur.  First, we drove across to the other side where there's a spot to park.

 As you can see, the bridge is really orange, not gold.  It's pretty much a "rust-o-leum" kind of paint job and the bridge painters work every day.  They move along from one end to the other, all year, every year.

 Mind you, this picture was taken in MAY! Brrrrrr....

 Some sailors are braving the cold!

 And freighters passing under the bridge too.  Most are from China, bringing us all our cheap consumer goods.

 What a nice view of the City from that sailboat, huh?

 The sailboat looks pretty small compared to the bridge.

 Alcatraz....former prison and a very interesting tourist spot.  You can take the ferry from San Francisco to Alcatraz and it's a very popular tour.  In fact, it's hard to get a ticket for an Alcatraz tour unless you book in advance. We've done it a few times.  It's now a National Park and the guides are park service employees.  They will even offer to lock you in a window-less, solitary confinement's spoooky... I've done it.  And several years ago, Dave had a business event at Alcatraz and one of the former prisoners hired himself out to chat with guests during the cocktail hour.  Seriously.  Weird.

 Here's a windsurfer and the catamaran sailboat...That guy must be freeeeezing!  The water in the bay comes down from Alaska!! We watched him fall too.  He was wearing a wet-suit but...even so...

 He was out there even when we left!

 Here's a freighter passing under us.

And a tug boat pushing it from behind.

Here comes the Ferry!

The "Red and White Fleet" ferries carry commuters from Sausalito and Tiburon as well as tourists.

 We have sailed under the bridge a couple of times on friends' sailboats.  The first time we did it, I was 9 months pregnant with Kevin.  They told me to stay in the cabin below so I wouldn't get sea sick.  I did that for most of the trip but then came topside and I was fine. I probably could have stayed on the deck the whole time...but you never know...and can you imagine being seasick and  9 months pregnant???  The next time we sailed under the bridge, Kevin was about 10 years old.  Now, that was a fun trip!
 Thank you Lauren - great job driving through the city.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Mother's Day...

Recently, Lauren and I were reminiscing about the quotes I used to find for her when she was in high school and we thought it would be fun to find new ones.  So, in my search to find new ones for her, I discovered this old one that I had read many years ago and I decided to post it here... because there are so many new Moms and Dads lately and it made me think back to those days when my kids were little.

"I looked on child rearing not only as a work of love and duty but as a profession that was fully as interesting and challenging as any honorable profession in the world and one that demanded the best that I could bring to it."    Rose Kennedy

I actually read this comment from Rose Kennedy many years ago.  It came at a time when I was immersed 24/7 in little kids and Dave was traveling most days of the week.  I remember one night when I had finally gotten all three kids to bed, after a long day with them, and I was flat-out exhausted.  I sat down to watch the 11 o'clock news and there...on TV...was an old friend named Peggy.   We went to elementary school and high school together and there she was on national TV in a lovely suit and looking so poised, clean and collected...sheesh....while I was slouched on the couch in sweats with baby drool on my clothes and an amazingly messed up house.  

I did not need to see Peggy on TV right at that moment...

Actually, it was pretty funny - there I was, on the couch in my grubbies and sneakers, surrounded by discarded toys and crumbs on the carpet, too tired to even go to bed, with Dave off working in some other Continent for the past few weeks, and there was Peggy...all dolled up in a really nice business suit, looking like organization itself!  I can laugh at it now but at the time I felt like...I certainly did not feel like my previously put-together self, that's for sure!  Actually, it was enough to make me wonder.  I used to wear a suit too - what the heck!

Not so long after that, I read that quote from Rose Kennedy.

It took the edge off.  It got the meaning of my life straightened out for me.

"I looked on child rearing not only as a work of love and duty but as a profession that was fully as interesting and challenging as any honorable profession in the world and one that demanded the best that I could bring to it." 

So, if you ever show up some place with baby drool on your shoulder or if your house is more than slightly untidy, I hope Rose Kennedy's comment helps you too.  

                              Happy Mother's Day

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Taken for A Ride

Well....I was taken for a ride.  My darling husband actually sweet-talked me into getting on the back of his ATV to go for a ride in the hills.  Now, first of all, I am not fond of any vehicle without 4 wheels and a sedan-type chassis and I try to resist rugged terrain in general, but he promised me wildflowers so how could I say no to that...

Dave says it's actually a weed but it sure looked pretty to me.

It's still somewhat green.  

It was lovely, (despite that little bug that chomped into my ankle).  Dave calls me "nature girl".  You can see he has developed an ironic sense of humor.

Happy looking at that they're someone else's!

Dave's Osprey family...He also has made friends with Errol the Squirrel.

California Poppies...

It was heavenly.

The Countdown:  3 more days until Lauren comes home!