My parents came to visit for Thanksgiving! Yay! They hadn’t been out here since we first moved into the house 2.5 years ago. It was nice to show off some of the upgrades to our house, and also fun to host our first Thanksgiving. On our one touristy day we did the exact same tour we did with Eric’s parents a couple of months ago, so that was fun. We also saw a movie, and… (more)
This weekend Eric and I drove a few hours out to a state park full of sequoias that we had not yet been to. It is a little north of Yosemite, and has some first come first serve campsites which we grabbed for the weekend. We had great weather even if it was a little on the chilly side, and we enjoyed a nice weekend hiking among the giant sequoias and reading interpretive trail guides.
Before I get into the nice long narrative of this trip, I wanted to say that it is bonkers to me that we’ve been at this for 10 years. TEN years. Eric and I started taking photos of our friends and our activities in September of 2005 and we have essentially archived our lives here since then. It’s awesome to have such a cool record of everything we’ve done together. Which remind me, the reason… (more)
Hey everyone. I know it has been a really long time since I posted here. I guess I’ve been busy traveling and working and baking for money (yay!). Aside from all that, though, the boxes just became super repetitive to the point that I felt bad posting the same thing all the time. I still get them every other week as I always have, and I still use them in the same ways. But that’s… (more)
We went on a hike today. It was 100 degrees and an exposed hike. We saw a rattlesnake. We got gross and dusty.
Our 4th anniversary was maybe the most low key so far as we didn’t even spend a night away from home. I guess they can’t all be hot air balloons and helicopters! But we had a great time anyway. Friday, our actual anniversary, we had dinner out at a great tapas place in Mountain View and then went to a local observatory and looked through their telescope at the stars. So that was a pretty… (more)
Eric’s parents came out to spend about 10 days with us again this summer. It was a busy visit with lots of fun activites including a mid-week trip to Tahoe, driving along the coast between Half Moon Bay and Santa Cruz, biking across the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito, and riding motorcycles. We had pretty great weather the entire time and overall another successful visit with family!
My mom had an amazing idea to take all of us to Hawaii for her birthday. We spent a week at the Aulani resort on Oahu having a fabulous time. I think that was one of the best trips we’ve had in a long time. Here are pictures.
After the rather unsuccessful bike ride in Santa Cruz during the week we decided to revisit a trail called Coyote Creek that we had enjoyed last year. We remembered it being flat and paved with great views and that you could go as long as you wanted. It wasn’t really very crowded, and it was every bit as nice as we remembered. Though going last year and again this year showed how much worse the… (more)
I was off work today and Eric took off work during the day because he thought he would have to go in for the evening/night. Turns out he didn’t, so we just had a very nice special day together on a Wednesday. We decided to drive down to the Santa Cruz area and have a day on the coast. We avoided the main boardwalk/beach/wharf area as we have been there so many times. Instead we… (more)
Eric was still feeling kind of sick this morning. We went to the hotel’s breakfast buffet because it was already included, and because we really hadn’t had breakfast much in this country yet. Sadly Eric didn’t feel like he could stomach anything, but I had a great time there. They had a huge spread with many many fresh fruits, cold cereals, yogurts, scrambled eggs, tomato slices, ham and cheese platter, bacon, sausage, French toast, some… (more)
I was actually feeling pretty terrible by the time we actually went to sleep last night. I took some Tylenol and then did manage to sleep well all night. In the morning I felt decent. No more body aches. My stomach was hurting a bit, but I couldn’t tell if I was really really hungry or still kind of sick. We were mostly functional when we checked out and took a car to the airport…. (more)