Olivia’s 5th (and a Half) Birthday Party

Olivia’s 5th birthday was on December 30th. In the past, we’ve managed to pull off a birthday party, but this year, it just didn’t happen. Kate had the party favors all ready to go since then. Weeks then months went by. Then I had the bright idea that we’d wait until Lucky Strike finally opened in San Francisco. In the end, we celebrated at Bel Mateo Bowl this past Sunday, which was exactly her half birthday.

It was bigger, better and more chaotic then ever. I saw a 6 pounder dropped on a foot. Everyone was okay and the birthday girl had a great time.

We may be celebrating on June 30th until she’s 18. Happy Half-Birthday, Olivia. Thank you for your patience. We love you so much.

Winter Afternoon at the Beach in Half Moon Bay

On Sunday, January 16th, Grace had a busy day planned (mani/pedi, shopping, etc.), so Lucas, Olivia and I set out for some fun, too. By fun, I mean hardware store, lunch, haircut for lucas, and playing in the garage. We did decide on an impromptu trip to the beach, which was almost derailed when we drove past Lemos Farms on the way to Half Moon Bay and I spent the rest of the ride explaining why pony rides were not happening that afternoon.

I pulled into the Ritz-Carlton and almost did a u-turn, but Olivia finally relented and agreed to our original beach plan. It was a blustery winter day, but we were all prepared. After my last trip there with Olivia, I decide a stroller was required for making the trek. We had a really good time. We stopped in at the hotel for some Shirley Temples, fries, and profiteroles. Lucas was making himself at home all over the restaurant. Thankfully, the waitperson was very kind.

It was a truly memorable day for us!