On Thursday, April 9th, we set out after breakfast to do something with the kids in the city. Our SF friends suggested the Museum of Mathematics, which is just of Madison Square Park. Coincidentally, we ran into Eugine and Ed when we got there. It was a fun place to spend the morning.
POPSUGAR NYC was just down the street, so we met Jen and my parents there for a quick tour. Had lunch at Hillstones right across the street afterwards and then went shopping for some gifts. I'm sure the kids were puzzled how we left FAO Schwartz and the Lego Store empty handed for them. After they grew bored of Saks, I took them to American Girl. They had $26 of their own money to spend. They soon realized that $26 does not go far in that (or any) store. In the end, they took home a cat. I offered to fund the difference to upgrade to a puppy, but they declined. We had fun riding the subway back to Columbus Circle, which conveniently let out right at the hotel.
That evening, Jen and my parents stayed at the hotel with the kids so Grace and I could celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary. I consulted Jen and decided on Jean Georges for dinner. Grace is obsessed with his wife, Marja, and we've enjoyed his restaurant in Hawaii. Purely coincidentally, it was located just downstairs in our hotel. We had a really amazing meal and the service was great.
Happy 10th Anniversary to us!
This year we spent Spring break in NYC for the first time. All the families got together for Dave's birthday later in the week. We stayed in Columbus Circle, which was a convenient location and we had a great view of Central Park for the week.
My parents arrived the day before us and were staying with Jen. The seven of us went to see Matilda on Broadway. We stopped in Carmines about 45 minutes before the show for a very quick bite to eat. Everyone enjoyed the performance, especially the kids, who have seen the movie several times.
Afterwards, we all took the bus up Avenue of the Americas, which dropped us off right in front of Quality Italian. Dave joined us for dinner, which was one of the best meals we've enjoyed together in NYC. My mom was especially pleased with her lobster pasta dish. Lucas continued to perfect his stink-face for no good reason.
My cousin, Sandor, was just returning from Disney that day and couldn't use some Nets tickets he received so he graciously gave them to us. My dad agreed to join me, so we headed to Brooklyn after dinner. It's been a while since we enjoyed a game together and we had a great time with amazing seats. Thanks, Sandor!
Spring break was off to a great start.
We met the Moons and Binzers for Easter brunch at the Dipsea Cafe. Afterwards we had planned a hike, but it happened to be raining during the one hour window we planned to be outside. We almost abandoned the idea, but decided to just go for it.
We drove out to the trailhead of the Tennessee Valley Trail and set out. It only took about 0.1 miles for Lucas to start bellyaching about how far it was. The Binzers and Moon boys are used to long hikes.
When we finally made it to the beach, Mike, the Easter Bunny, had gone ahead to hide eggs all over the beach for a surprise Easter egg hunt. The kids had a great time.
Lucas bucked up and hiked his way back, counting for only the last 600 seconds. Afterwards, we went over to the Moons' house and the kids watched Star Wars (Episode IV). Olivia and Lucas didn't watch the whole thing, so that's still on the to-do list. We spent the afternoon there and then had dinner at Tiburon Lodge before heading home.
Today was Grace's birthday (and mine). This year, she was determined to make it "my" birthday because she thought it was a big one. She had planned a very thoughtful getaway to Carmel Valley Ranch, which included unlimited golf.
Something came up and we weren't able to go. Not only was she super understanding, but within 24 hours, she was able to get us a reservation at Gary Danko though a FOG (friend of Gary - thanks Adon!). We've been meaning to go for years, but was just waiting for a special occasion. I guess this was it.
Thanks, Grace, for another awesome birthday together!
Jea and Eddie brought the kids to California for Spring break, which included a few days in SF. The kids wanted to stop by "uncle Jason's work," so I gave them the nickel tour. Grace brought the kids up to the city and we all had dinner together at Epic Roasthouse, which is a great spot for out-of-town guests.
On Thursday, everyone came over to our house for dinner. Grace cooked an amazing dinner for us and the kids had a great time playing together. Thanks, Lees, for making time for us on your vacation!
This past weekend was our "rain check" trip to Northstar with Julie and Albert. We had rented a house earlier in the season, which we couldn't get out of. Albert was traveling, so they almost didn't make it, but we're really glad they did. On Friday after we arrived, we had dinner in the village.
On Saturday, the Olivias had a half-day lesson together as did Ellie and Lucas. Theo skied with Julie and Albert and I skied with Grace. I peeled off for a bit before lunch to do my regular runs on Burnout. After lunch, we all skied a few more runs before heading back to the house.
The house was definitely the nicest we've ever rented up there. There were plenty of bedrooms. Somehow, the sleeping arrangements on the first night were the same as the ski lesson groups. I'm not sure how long Albert will allow Ellie and Lucas to bunk up. They are two peas in a pod at school, which is super cute.
On Saturday, we braved the hot tub (who knows what's in there?). We ordered out food from the village and just ate at home. Everyone was pretty tired from the day and even the adults turned in early.
On Sunday, the Lees were going to head home. We were open to skiing but decided not to. It only got down to 43 overnight, so it was probably only going to be good in the very early hours. It also turned out to be a very windy day, so I'm glad we just hung out before heading home. We took the gondola up to the Ritz-Carlton to have brunch at Manzanita. There were very few people at the resort, which made it nice and quiet (until our crew came along).
We all headed home in the early afternoon and were home before dinner time. I'm glad it all worked out and we were able to take this trip together. The kids and adults all had a great time together. Until next time!
This past weekend was the Carey School Ski trip. The Crowthers invited us to stay with them, which was our first winter trip to their Donner house. We didn't attend the trip last year, but a couple years ago there was a large turnout. This year there were fewer families, but it was still a great time.
Paige and Sam are on ski team at Squaw, so they were on a schedule. Olivia and Lucas graciously agreed to attend ski school on Saturday (not) so Grace and I skied together in the morning. We met up with Adrienne for lunch and then took Olivia out of school early to ski with us. Lucas was thrilled to hear this from Olivia later. At the end of the day, all the kids met up and John and I were able to take a few runs up Red Dog and KT. I did not keep up.
On Sunday, just our family skied together until lunch and then headed out. The snow was better than I thought it would be and it was still short-sleeve weather by afternoon. We headed home late afternoon and stopped in Sacramento for dinner.
Thanks, Crowthers, for another great Tahoe trip. It's always great to get the families together. I will start training for our next adventure.
This past weekend, the guys from West Bloomfield met up for our annual ski trip to Utah. While there was initially more enthusiasm from the bunch, in the end several people weren't able to make it. Thus, the team was Steve, Scott, Herb and me.
We stayed at our usual town house just outside of Park City. The entire trip was planned around the Sunday brunch buffet at The Stein Eriksen Lodge at Deer Valley. We committed to also ski there on Friday, leaving Saturday open to ski somewhere different.
After receiving some fresh snow at Deer Valley, it wasn't that compelling to go try the Canyons again. Because we have never skied consecutive days at Deer Valley before, we hadn't taken advantage of the complimentary ski storage (nor even noticed it). However, once it was discovered, that sealed the deal for skiing there all weekend as we saved ourselves the trouble of carrying our crap back and forth.
Another new development was our Saturday brunch buffet at the Montage, which was beautiful. Scott still stands by the famous Deer Valley turkey chili, which we ate on Friday. We also enjoyed some great dinners at some new restaurants in Park City.
It snowed even more on Saturday so Sunday morning we were out early for first tracks. It was probably the best conditions I've had all season and was a lot of fun. We all had afternoon flights so we headed out right after lunch.
Although the team was small this year, it was a perfect four for all the chair lifts and we were able to enjoy catching up. Hopefully next year we'll be back to full force. Discussions have started for an epic trip to celebrate our half centuries, which is now in sight. We're still negotiating skiing or golf. I'm up for both!
On Sunday, February 22nd, Warren was in town from Singapore, which always gets the gang together. Ky was coincidentally in town for dinner, so we had an impromptu SF roommate reunion. Esther and Jon brought baby Ellie over for a bit, which was a real treat - what a cutie!