He’s here! Little Otto Acer, born on Monday, August 7th. We’ve been waiting for this new little grand-guy, praying for his safe arrival and here he is, welcomed by his fine parents and big sis Mae and big brother Eero. So so thankful for this new little life come into the big wide world. God bless you Baby Otto in all that lies ahead.
Bayside in Marin
Hello all– Back from 10 days in San Francisco with our kids– lot of kid cuddling, book reading, house visiting and a lively 4th of July! Hope you will be so kind as to indulge my little scrapbooking post with some favorite moments…
Celebrated Aaron’s birthday with some cake help from Mae & Eero …
Aaron talking through the photos with M & E from his new birthday book.
And then we headed north for a day away from the city–lunch on the deck, making s’mores, looking for ladybugs and Eero on the “porch swing!”
Back home Jessica & Mae started by making berry muffins and ended with morning kitchen hugs.
Then I moved over to stay with Ani & Brian. First stop– over to see the remodel progress on their house! Peeking out the back window– and Brian at the future front door!
On the 4th of July we crossed the bridge to Sausalito to watch Brian play with the Cal Alumni Band in the 4th of July parade–and Little Lois was a the flag waver with her Grandma Jackie!
And we had some great days out & about in the city– having fun in the local library, special lunch at Hook Fish Co., Super Duper Burger picnic in the park, “field trip” to Fort Point.
And a highlight was hanging out with Little Lois while her mom went to work for 3 days of our week. (She’s learning to creep & crawl!!)
Truly so thankful for sweet times with AA & Jessica, Mae & Eero, with Ani & Brian & Lois. Loved every moment!!
Morning fog across the hills at the old Fort Baker on the Bay (now a hotel, restaurant)
Hello friends–Just back from a trip up the coast with 3 girls in the backseat to San Francisco to hang out with their aunts, uncles and cousins. We had a lot of crazy kid centric fun– And stuck to our two rules– #1. No Grumping #2. One Ice Cream Every Day!! Here’s my favorite bits of the trip:
First stop, across the Golden Gate Bridge to the Discovery Museum, a wonderland for kids.
Ani & Brian treated three girls all dressed in their best to a fancy Tea Party!
We strolled down to Ocean Beach to take in a Corgi Fest!! Over 600 Corgis on the run across the sand and in the water!!
And there were plenty of picnics and playgrounds to round out the week! (This day we were at the west end of Golden Gate Park!)
And the sweetest for me is seeing those cousins–jump and laugh and color and play together. Big Hugs for Maryann, Charlotte, Jobay and Little Mae (and Eero back by the window!!).
Thanks once again Ani & Brian, AA & Jessica for the good times together. There’s nothing I love more than days with you all. It’s the best.
Hello friends– Sending off a little scrapbook of our Easter week in San Francisco. We stayed with all of our kids up there and spent out days talking, eating and playing with grand-kids. What could be better than that?
Good times catching up with Ani & Brian– including a yumcious fajita lunch around their table.
And loved the morning walk in the woods with Aaron, Jessica and baby Eero on board.
Mae told us her favorite museum in SF was the Discovery Museum across the bridge, so we spend an active morning there watching her and little Eero having a ball.
Larry and I took a restful woodsy trek downward through the Presidio and then found ourselves trudging up a set of city steps to make our way home.
And there were plenty of memorable meals out on the town (including Delfina Pizzeria). thanks Aaron, Jessica, Ani and Brian for a fine full week with you. It was the best!
Hi all– It was a grand grandkid time. If you some grandkids yourself, you know what I mean. We made a dash up to SF last weekend to talk and play and read books and eat with our kids. There were some sweet moments. Here’s my favorites…
Saturday morning we trekked north across the bridge to the old Fort Baker, historic military quarters, that have now been transformed into a lodge. We ate at the the Murray Circle restaurant there, overlooking the Bay and the Golden Gate. (pictures: Mae & her mom waiting for brunch, view from our table on the porch, chicken hash & eggs)
We took a blustery afternoon stroll down to Ocean Beach through the Sunset– blue skies and some good sand digging with our Mae. (pictures: Aaron & Grandpa with Mae, some good sandy digging, walk up from the beach).
And it was good to just kick back around the house and have some grand-kid time. (pictures: Grandpa and Eero having a “conversation,” opening some belated Christmas gifts together)
Sunday we ended up at Ani & Brian’s for for luscious lunch. It was the last day of their “vegetarian January” so we got in on butternut squash soup and a bright citrus salad! Love hanging out with them and, of course, that dog Harry. (pictures: warming soup! Bri & Ani, and out walking with that Harry.)
Thankful for a weekend with you all– thanks for the office tour AA, thanks for the time to talk at coffee Jessica–you know I love that, thanks for the hugs & books & smiles Eero and Mae, thanks for the beach walk & the beautiful lunch Ani & Bri. It was the best!
Aaron with his new little Eero (thanks for the photo, Jessica)
Hi Friends– We made a quick trip, up the interstate to San Francisco this past weekend to meet brand new baby Eero! So much cuddling and singing and studying that little guys sweet face. It was a joy. Plus we got to hang out with his big sister Mae and their fine parents, A + J. And good times, too with Ani and Brian. Here’s just a few pics:
We loved being at Aaron and Jessica’s– the chance to play with our grand-girl Mae and catch up with our kids and have a scrumptious Mother’s Day waffle breakfast around their table.
And we had some great Ani & Brian hang out time too– a snacky lunch at the Sunset Brewing Company and Ani’s yeasty waffles. Plus another momental hike down to the beach for coffee and back up through Golden Gate Park. It was grand.
So long for now little Eero. Hope to see you again real soon– God bless and keep you.
Hi friends– I’m not much of a Christmas crafter– No painted ornaments, no knitted stockings… But when we were up in SF over Thanksgiving, Jessica took us down to Studio Choo– for a morning wiring together Christmas wreaths– and it couldn’t have been more fun!
We got a quick lesson and then were left with bountiful buckets of greens and berries and the tools to go to work!…
It took us a while. And every wreath was individual– from Ani’s pinkish flowery wreath to Jessica’s asymmetrical berry laden one.
All around the studio, everything was beautifully organic.
So fun to watch how each wreath developed stem by stem wired around the ring.
Thanks Jessica for one of the best “Girls’ Day Out” ever!!