The other highlight of the boys break was a trip to the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve. This is a tide pool area just south of San Francisco with lots to see. For the best views of the tide pools you need to go when the tide is really low. I had been studying the tide chart during the week to see if there would be a good day to go over break and thankfully there was one day where the tide would be lower than one foot, in the morning, and with good weather too. Luckily Sam was able to break away from school work and come with us! Perfect!
We had a great time peering into all the pools and looking for critters. We saw mussels, snails, chiton, crabs, sea anemones, sea urchins, and an allusive sea star.
(don’t worry, we didn’t disturb any live animals)
It’s really hard to take photos of the tide pools and most of my photos ended up with my reflection in them.
The boys had a blast scurrying over the rocks and finding new things in each pool, “Look mom! A sea anemesis!”
We also saw some harbor seal pups and went for a walk on the bluffs.
What a perfect end to the break!
Today wrapped up a long week with the boys. It was their “winter” break and between that and Sam being super busy with school/work I was with the boys for a week non-stop. That is a long time to be with two active boys!
In the past I have tried to organize lots of fun things to do, but honestly, I wasn’t feeling that motivate this time around. We still did some fun things, playdates, going to the park, a visit to the Laurence Hall of Science etc.. The weather was absolutely beautiful and we tried to go out as much as possible.
One of the highlights of the week was visiting the UC Botanical Gardens. We are big botanical garden fans. I like to see all the beautiful and different plants, the boys like to explore all the pathways, bridges, and greenhouses. This was our first trip to the UC Botanical Gardens in a while. Its such a lovely, well-maintained garden. There are some great views and lots and lots of plants!
The boys were really enamored of the maps. We had to stop every few minutes to check our progress on them.
Between the maps, the snack breaks, and reading off every Bed number, I’m surprised we covered as much ground as we did! Again with the maps:
It was a long week and we definitely had our ups and downs, but I’m feeling blessed to be able to spend time with my sweet and adventurous boys.
The boys and I had fun making Valentine’s Cards this year. We did the rolled up toilet paper roll trick for making a heart stamp and they had a great time making hearts.
Although it quickly deteriorated to this:
This is how most of Henry’s projects end up…
I love making homemade Valentine’s Cards!
Happy Valentine’s Day from us to you!
We don’t know exactly when Peso’s birthday is. But based on his estimated age when he joined our family, it is entire possible that his birthday is on Valentine’s Day. And I have declared it so.
Happy Birthday Peso! What an amazing addition to our family you have been.
I hadn’t planned on posting today, because I hadn’t planned on being home. But Henry’s home sick today so here we are.
Snuggling up reading books:
With a little bit of knitting:
Last week we had a spontaneously wonderful jaunt around San Francisco, accidental tourism at its best. Yesterday it finally rained in the Bay Area and in a effort to do something fun and adventurous we headed back over to SF.
Our plan was to go to the Exploratorium which we haven’t been to since it reopened. It didn’t go as smoothly as expected…the Exploratorium was having a free admittance day, and we opted out of standing in a hugely long line in the cold and windy rain. Next stop ice skating at Yerba Buena Gardens? Nope, the rink was being used for a youth hockey game. Bowling? Not open yet. Movie? Nothing kid friendly. SFMoma? Closed during renovation.
By this time the boys were about done.
Ferry Building and Italian doughnuts to the rescue!
Phew, that was a near miss!