(Warning: You may want to grab a cup of coffee or some sort of caffeinated product before reading this…… this post is just a tad lengthy. Sorry =) )
We just got back from 4 days in San Francisco. Josh had a conference there and since the girls and I kind of like him we decided to tag along (again).
While Josh was in his conference the girls and I had no trouble finding wonderful ways to keep ourselves busy. San Francisco is a city overflowing with history and culture and it was so fun to experience some of that with our girls.
Friday the girls and I started our day by going to the California Academy of Sciences. INCREDIBLE does not even begin to describe this place. It just recently reopened and was well worth the somewhat pricey admission.
They had these slips of paper that you are supposed to write what you can do to help the environment. Other suggestions were…..
“recycle” , “start a compost pile”, “choose organic” …… other suggestions were also there, some not so appropriate. Anyways when I asked Bekah what she wanted to write she began to write her name and then “LOVE” ( she is getting really good at writing) and then asked “Mommy how do you write PEOPLE?” I told her. She ended up writing PEEPLE so in the end she wrote “REBEKAH ”with the words “LOVE PEEPLE” below. I thought it was a great suggestion!
In addition to a huge aquarium, penguins, crocodiles and African exhibit they also had a huge rainforest with thousands of butterflies and the girls favorite part was the toddler play room. It had a ship to crawl through and a tree house. HOURS of FUN!
After our outing and some aimless driving through the city (THANK GOD FOR GPS!) we went back to the hotel and the girls and I rented a movie and waited for Daddy to get back. ( Just in case you wondered what movie it was Beverley Hills Chihuahua.) Yep….
Saturday we had another morning with daddy in conference so we ventured out to the most amazing farmer’s market (here's the link) I have ever been to. There were so many booths there with beautiful organic produce, cheeses and goods. The girls and I enjoyed a few treats ( including freshly turned butter.) Then we had time to just sit and run. ( I sat, the girls ran.)
With still a few hours to kill before we had daddy back with us we went back over to Golden Gate Park and found a little spot called the Queen Wilhelmina Tulip Garden. We pulled over and spent almost 2 hours just getting muddy and hiking through trails and once again sitting and running. :)
(Just in case any of you are completely appalled by thinking that I let my kids simply pluck and pick the flowers, I did not. They had strict orders to only pick up flowers already off the plants. So MY kids were not destroying the garden as it may look. Some other kids may have been doing that though, as there were a lot of plucked flowers on the ground. My children just came and cleaned up their left-overs. :) )
My little hikers….