At precisely 9:47 am on Saturday Mr. Occasionally Fashionable suggested we stay the night in San Francisco. Approximately two hours later, I had five people showered, dressed, and packed for a last minute overnight adventure. And, about two hours after we got in the car and one well napped baby later we arrived in the city. We promptly checked in, dropped off our luggage, and then hit the streets. First up was Fisherman’s Warf and Pier 39. The kids couldn’t get enough of it! We then strolled around, hiked some “cement mountains” aka steep streets to check out Lombard street, watched the sunset, leisurely strolled back to our spot for the night, showered, cuddled during a movie, and slept ridiculously well for not being at home.
The next day we woke early and did the the mad dash to get us all dressed and to breakfast before the kiddos broke down in hanger. And, by kiddos I am including myself! Mama is a eat the minute she wakes up kind of Mama. After satisfying our tummies we pack up our things and headed off to our friend’s apartment for a surprise visit. It’s not often our schedules match up, so I was pleasantly surprised to find they were in the city at the same time as us. We all went for coffee and tea, and a leisurely stroll around The Academy of Fine Arts. All the kids wanted to do was “scooter” through San Francisco. I’m so happy our friends knew a safe route so our kids could fulfill their dreams. Watching them zoom down the sidewalk and back was the cutest thing ever. They were sure living it up!
I have to say that when first broached with the subject to skip town all I could think about was what I needed to get done around the house. Laundry needed to be put away. Toys needed to be purged and organized to find room for all the Christmas loot. My closet was in desperate need of some attention and color coding. Backpacks and school supplies needed to be prepped to return for winter break. My car needed to be emptied. But, hold the phone. Total moment right there. I mean live life and create memories or make sure my never ending to-do list is accomplished. Yeah. If it’s never ending, which hello mom life is, of course it can’t be accomplished. Light bulb!
I am so glad we prioritized right. And, I am totally stoked to have a husband that constantly reminds me of what is truly important. Chores can wait, children can’t. Love him. Love us. Love the kids. Love it all. So many prayers of gratitude going up right now. Life is so, so good, and we are beyond blessed. I am so very happy for this reminder right before we head back from winter break. Sometimes with hectic schedules the reason we do it all and the importance of it can get lost. Feeling like this spontaneous adventure really helped spark a light in me to continuously chase memories with these people I love so much and so much thankfulness for the opportunity to do so.
*The baby didn’t care at all about the sea lions. He was just plotting how to get into the water.
*Adore this curb appeal. I mean, my color scheme for sure!
* He is literally forever climbing everything.
* Little baby. Big Column.