San Francisco

You’ll never guess where I’ve been.
Well, I guess you might since I just titled this post
– duh –
which ruined the surprise, didn’t it?

(Don’t you just hate when your kids say the word duh
I thought I’d just throw it in there to annoy you!)

last week I spent four days in San Francisco
with just my #5

Just me and Avery!
Let me start off by saying
that Avery and I had the BEST time together!
The BEST time! 
I’ll admit that I was a bit nervous about traveling 
and leaving the other kids…
you know, because I’m a bit wimpy like that…
but now I am SO glad we went on this trip!

On our first day there it was a major importance for her to get THIS sweatshirt.
She just had to have it.

This exact one.
So we shopped around for the best price.
We walked everywhere.
And we ended up back at the first place we looked
(of course) 
which was $2.00 less than everywhere else
and $14 less than the one in our hotel’s gift shop!
Once she got her souvenir sweatshirt
we walked around the Fisherman’s Wharf.
All I could think of was how much Rich would love it there!
Because he absolutely LOVES crab!
He would have lost his mind down at that wharf.

Later that first day, we met up with my friend Jen.
She and I met through the blogging community about two years ago
and have become good friends…
but we had never met face to face.
So since she lived about two hours from San Francisco
she drove up to meet us!
And this is Jen! 
In this photo we are up in the Nordstrom’s Cafe
which is at the very top of the mall.
(she treated us to lunch there ~ isn’t she sweet?)
Jen knew her way around downtown, which was very cool.
Because I didn’t have a clue.
She insisted on taking a few photos of me and Avery 
while we were in the mall.
And I am forever grateful that she did…
or else it would look as if Avery went on this trip by herself
since I am always the one behind the camera!

The next day after breakfast
Avery and I got on the number 28 bus

and then we got off that number 28 bus
and got on the number 30 bus…
and that bus took us all the way to the Golden Gate Bridge!

And then we used these two feet
to walk us across the bridge…
and back again!
And we took a few photos along the way!
Then we got back on the number 30 bus 
and met up with Avery’s Girl Scout troop at the Exploratorium
where Avery spent a lot of time with the giant bubble maker 
 being inside a bubble is pretty darn cool 
 until it POPS
Then that night we got on a boat….
and toured Alcatraz Island

which was very interesting 

but yet a little creepy at the same time!

And then the next day we rode a Trolley car
and then a subway train 

which took us all the way to Oakland 
for the Girl Scout 100 Year Celebration!
And I hate to say it
but it wasn’t too much fun at this Girl Scout event
except when Avery won this pink cape
and enjoyed this ice cream.
But other than those two things…
it was boring.
So we left.
We got back on the train
and the train took us back into downtown San Francisco
and then we walked to Chinatown! 
Avery’s FAVORITE part of our trip was Chinatown.
She just loved shopping in Chinatown and never wanted to leave.
People always ask if Avery has any Asian in her
(she doesn’t)
but she does seem to fit right in amongst the Asian cultures
She just has that “look” don’t you think?
We walked ALL over that day.
We walked so much that Avery actually whined and complained.
Quite a bit.
But I won’t get into that part.
Let’s just pretend she was sweet and adorable the entire time.
We walked up and down steep, steep streets
like the very famous Lombard Street
which is the craziest street that I’ve ever seen!
Avery did a lot of firsts on this trip:
– first time on an airplane
– first time on a city bus
– first time on a trolley car
– first time on a train

Here she is at the airport waiting for our flight home.

We were gone four full days.  
I did miss the other kids
and they all missed me
a lot!
But it was so nice having all that time with just my #5 !!


  1. says

    How wonderful that you got to take some special time away, just the two of you! She will seriously cherish the memories of that trip forever :)

  2. says

    Wow. It looks like a trip Avery (and you) will always remember. And one on one time with mom? Nothing better. I did the same w/my oldest this past week at space camp in Alabama with her school. It was hard leaving the other two (don’t you laugh at me! Two shmoo, I know) but it was well worth it.

    I’m glad you enjoyed yourself, got to spend time with just her, and got those wonderful photos.

  3. says

    I hope you had a great Mother’s Day today! I just loved all of your pictures! Avery is so photogenic, I can’t get over it! I especially loved the ones of her in Chinatown! She’s a doll! You took some amazing ones…I love the one you captured of her and the bubbles too! Great job : )

    I was wondering if you could send me the one of you and me? Cute! Mine is too dark…I think.

    I hope your kids spoiled you today : ) I think you are pretty spectacular and deserved to be treated as such!



  4. Anonymous says

    This is a great blog and you are a great writer(among your mom talents)!! ENjoyed it. Your mom told me about your handbag camera bag which is why I stumbled onto the site.Keep it up!! Wonder woman!! Martha McKinzie (Holy Trinity pal) (:

  5. says

    Looks like fun! I think one on one time with a parent is a good idea and taking this trip is sure to be a great memory for Avery.

    All your kids are gorgeous, btw!

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