Out and About in San Francisco

IMG_7320Hello all–  Back from a lovely, long weekend with our kids in San Francisco.  You know there’s nothing a mom loves more than time with her kids.  So here’s a little peek at all the “fam” out and about in San Francisco.

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IMG_7299     IMG_7319There were a couple of beach walks–  a blustery afternoon on Ocean Beach with our girls– and a day out with that crazy dog Harry at Fungston Dog Beach.  Lots of muddy ball chasing into water’s edge, sandy, splashy dirty fun.

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photo 1     photo   And there were warm and wonderful afternoons at home with Aaron, Jessica and our baby Mae.  Good music, sunshine in the windows, quiet talk and the best Little Mae giggles…

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We trekked up the outcropping at Corona Heights Park with Ani and Brian for the views that stretched across the city to the bay–a rocky oasis of quiet in the bustling city.

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photo 1     IMG_7228We had a grand night out starting at my favorite SF 
restaurant, Bar Jules, simply elegant fare in a cozy, welcoming place.  Then we strolled three blocks down to Davies Symphony Hall to enjoy the philharmonic “Night at the Oscars.”  Delightful.

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IMG_7151     IMG_7156We crossed the foggy Golden Gate to take a morning hike in Muir Woods.  John, the John Muir fan, made it fun.   Walk and talk in a majestic forest– I’m wishing to go back and do it again soon…

Thanks Ani and Brian, AA and Jessica for taking care of us, as always,  in SF– to to Laurel and John for making the trek out from Chicago.  A weekend with you all is the best!

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Thankful Again

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There is a calmness to a life lived in gratitude, a quiet joy.
Ralph H. Blum

Hi friends– Cozy under a blanket on a foggy morning in San Francisco.  You can hear the fog horn down on the bay.  It’s a joy to be up here with our kids for a 4 day weekend.  At times like this, it’s easy to be thankful

So I am thankful for…
#1. a morning hike through the quietly verdant Muir Woods with kids
#2. giggles and waves (her newly learned skill) from our baby Mae
#3. talk at the table over over gracious meals (that someone else prepared)
#4. God’s good mercies new every morning

“Give thanks to the Lord for he is good.”  –I Chronicles 16:34

P.S.– The photo above is along a trail in Muir Woods–beautifully restoring.