Mother’s Day 2018 with the Moons in Marin

As every year, we celebrated Mother’s Day with Clara and Mike. Mike made reservations for lunch at Cavallo Point. We went to their house in Tiburon afterwards, where Grace spent the afternoon napping (isn’t this what every mom wants?). Even Elin succumbed to the food coma in the serenity of Casa Luna. The Binzers stopped by and Mike and Clara made dinner for everyone.

Hope we continue our tradition for these amazing mothers.

Mother’s Day in Napa and Tiburon

We spent our 7th Mother’s Day with the Moons yesterday in Napa. Brunch was at Thomas Keller’s Ad Hoc in Yountville. The chicken and waffles were amazing.

We went to the park for a bit. The benefit of brunching with a professional photographer is that we get one good family photo every several years. Thank you, Clara!

Clara and Grace went to the spa at Bardessono. Mike and I took the kids back to their house in Tiburon, took the kids to town for sugar, and then terrorized the park in Belvedere. We had Pho for dinner before heading home over our 3rd Bay Area bridge of the day.

Happy Mother’s Day to Grace, Clara, and all our moms!

Mother’s Day in Napa with the Moons

We’ve spent Mother’s Day with the Moons for at least the last 5 years. This year, the tradition continued. Mike has been talking about Auberge du Soleil in Napa for a while, so we decided to take the families there for brunch.

Initially, Mike suggested a pre-brunch hike, but we ended up just going over to their place early and taking the kids for a bike ride in Tiburon while the moms chilled at home for a bit. They live on a serious hill, so negotiating their street on the way down and back was a big part of the adventure. The kids never met a jungle gym they didn’t like, so we made a stop. I can appreciate any park with a view of the Golden Gate Bridge. We rode out to Blackie’s Pasture and turned around for home. This was definitely Lucas’s longest ride and I’m glad he’s enjoying his new bike.

By the time we made it to brunch, we had all definitely worked up an appetite. It’s a really beautiful place with gorgeous views of the Napa Valley below. Everyone enjoyed their meals, most importantly, Grace and Clara.

We all headed back to our favorite resort in Tiburon, the Moons’ house. We hung out for a few more hours and headed home at the end of another great Mother’s Day together. Happy Mother’s Day to our Grace, Clara and all our moms!

4th of July at Villa Luna

We crashed the Moons’ house for the 4th of July. Clara’s BFF, Flora, just moved to the East Bay, so they were planning to party with her family. Grace put on her greatest hits (lobster club sandwiches, 16-spice chicken, Fred steaks, slaw, etc.). 

Being in Tiburon always feels like a vacation, especially at the Moons’ awesome pad. It’s now complete with Mike’s Big Green Egg. He and his bro, Ed, manned the grill.

Thanks for having us. Happy 4th of July!

Sleepover in Tiburon at Moons

On Saturday, November 23rd, Clara and Mike invited us to stay over at their house in Tiburon. Our kids used to go to school together and play weekly, but since they moved, we all have been missing them.

I’m not sure I’ve ever seen Mike cook (nor has he seen me), but he had his Thomas Keller cookbook out and was preparing a very serious meal for us with Clara. It was delicious. After dinner, Mike made a fire and the kids enjoyed smores.

After a great night’s rest, the kids were at it again, running around their “backyard,” which is either the deck, the beach, or both. The Binzers came down the hill and we all had brunch together.

We had a great time with the families together again. Hope we do it again soon. Thanks, Moons!

Labor Day in Tiburon

Teresa and Ulrik invited us over for a Labor Day BBQ at their amazing house on Corinthian Island, which is right above downtown Tiburon. They kindly also invited their new neighbors, the Moons, who had just moved into their new home the day before. Ulrik prepared hamburgers using his new sous-vide, and finished them on the grill. They were delicious.

It took all afternoon, but Grace finished a bottle of wine. Afterwards, we stopped by the Moons’ new beach house to check it out. They don’t just live “on” the water. They actually live ON the water, as most of the house is on pylons on their private beach. The water, coupled with views of the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, and Angel Island make it a very dramatic place to call home. Amazing!

The kids spent their time there searching for sea glass and came home with at least 50 pieces. We’re still going to miss having them in Burlingame, but considering we saw them on day 2 in their house, we’re on track to see them often.

Happy Labor Day!

BBQ at Teresa and Ulrik’s House

On Sunday, April 22nd, we visited Teresa and Ulrik, who were hosting a BBQ. It was our first time visiting their home since they remodeled it (beautiful), and more importantly, it was our first time meeting baby Oliver (more beautiful). They’re heading up to Seattle for the summer, so it was nice to see them off.

We stopped in Sausalito for ice cream at Lappert’s and then made a stop at Theresa and Matt’s house in Mill Valley to see them and say hi to Bear.

On days like that, I always wonder why we don’t live in Marin. Grace???