It's been a while since our last Vegas trip (i.e., since last year), so the gang met up a couple weeks ago. Now that Ray is back on the team, we finally got to meet his awesome wife, Rakhee. My vote was for adults only, but then realized I don't have a vote. Lucas has actually been asking when we were coming to Vegas, so I might have been taken down a notch if we left him at home.
I don't recall coming this late in the Fall before. The whole point of Vegas for the kids is to hang out at the pool. However, it was barely warm in the sun and cold in the shade, so swimming was more of an endurance event than a leisure activity. I stayed out of the pool, bundled in layers. We basically had the whole thing to ourselves whenever we were out there. Lesson 1: November is too late.
I also don't recall being so tired all the time in Vegas. I booked early golf with Ed so that we could be back in time for lunch and pool in the afternoon. Given the above, this wasn't really necessary. Getting up at 5-something two mornings in a row is the last thing you want to do in Vegas unless you're heading to Drai's. I used to be able to do this no problem. Now, it's a problem and I was in a bit of pain at dinner both nights. On Sunday, I went to bed at 10:45pm with the kids. Lesson 2: I'm too old to do it all and need to schedule an afternoon nap.
I also don't recall not gambling at all in Vegas. I think Ed played for an hour on the trip and he tried to text me on Sunday when he got his second wind, but I was already sawing logs. Lesson 3: If we're going on a family vacation to swim, it needs to be somewhere warm and a time of year when the sun sets after 4:30pm.
Lucas and Olivia will not be returning to Las Vegas until they can: 1. golf and 2. gamble. Or, next year, because Grace says so. Also, Grace was sick and tired on this trip and got lots of R&R, so lessons 1, 2 and 3 did not apply to her.
Palm Springs, anyone?
Lucas turned 7 today. Seven! He wanted to invite both the girls and the boys from school to his party and he has buddies in both classes. So we invited 40 first-graders over ... to our house.
Kate, our old nanny, planned and prepared all the details for Lucas's Star Wars-themed extravaganza. Between the jumpy, crafts, Episode IV and a relay race, there were plenty of activities to keep the 30 or so kids who attended busy. In addition to my parents and Jen, we put all parents who were
foolish kind enough to stick around to work! Thank you!
Despite many sideways glances (like, what were we thinking), Kate and Grace pulled it off and it seems like all the kids had a good time, especially the birthday boy. We haven't told him yet that his party next year will be a sleep over with one friend, and by friend, we mean his sister. Just kidding!
Happy Birthday, Lucas! We love you so much.
Halloween at POPSUGAR SF on Friday, October 30, 2015.
Fun for the kids, teachers and parents.
Grace invited my parents to come visit for a couple weeks to help out during a busy time. Both mom and dad have been working hard for the kids and us. One benefit of the timing was being able to celebrate my mom's 75th birthday together. We wanted to do something special, so I made a reservation at Benu in San Francisco, which I've been wanting to try. On a whim, I invited Jen to join us, too, and she made it happen as a surprise.
Everything came together yesterday as Jen arrived from NYC and we all met in SF for one of the best meals of our lives. My mom enjoys food and cooking, so I think the experience was appreciated by her. I have no idea what compels me to take photos of all the food, except that each course was as beautiful to behold as it was to eat (I think I even missed a course or two). It was a memorable experience indeed and we're so thankful to have been able to celebrate together with Jen.
Happy Birthday, to our wonderful mother who is beautiful inside and out. We're all so fortunate to call you mom, grandma and wife.
We don't often see live music, but when we do, it's Florence + The Machine. By my count, it's 4 of the last 5 shows we've seen together (this is not counting when Grace bailed on Howard Jones).
It's been over a decade since we've been to the Greek Theater. I rode BART and a Berkeley campus bus to get there. We managed to post up to the 2nd row and I'm pretty sure I was the oldest person within 25 yards.
The show was amazing and was a stark contrast to the stripped down LA set we saw in the Spring. I think we'll travel again for the next show.
The team converged on Salt Lake City for a surgical strike to see the inaugural Harbaugh-era Michigan game. Were my expectations too high? Probably. Was I hopeful for a win? Definitely. Was I disappointed in the outcome? Indeed.
However, being with old friends and new took the sting out of the final score. It was a beautiful day and evening in SLC. I went with my college friends, but ran into friends from elementary school and graduate school.
I'm sure we'll be cheering again very soon. Until then, Go Blue!!!
The start of school is always exciting for us. We feel fortunate that Lucas has the same teachers Olivia had in 1st grade. Olivia continues to pave the way in 3rd grade. Wishing them both a great school year, which I'm sure will go by too fast.
Amy and Grady invited everyone over for an end-of-summer BBQ on August 30th. We met new friends and enjoyed some delicious BBQ beef. The kids are all getting bigger and faster.
What a great way to spend the last day of summer before the start of school for our kids. Thanks for having us, Burnetts!
Hard to believe Esther and Jon's Ellie is already a year old. She's a real super cutie. Happy Birthday, Ellie!