Please allow me to start this post by saying way back in early January I had
grand plans of recording each day of our awesome holiday tour, supported in colorful detail by our SmugMug photos, but in the effort of updating the blog itself (among other things) I've let months slip by and now the events are starting to become hazy. Here however is the last post I started way back when (may as well put it to some use!), and I will do my best to broad-brushstroke the rest before it all turns to dust in my head!
The second day of our big holiday trip began with a trip to feed the ducks by the Marin County Civic Center with our fabulous hosts, the Eversons. We all hit the playground together and then split off to drive up to Petaluma for lunch. It was exciting to make that familiar drive again, now with the girls so much older. On the way we stopped by our old house to see how it was holding up, and were happy to see how good the neighborhood looked. We were also surprised at how established all our front yard plantings had gotten:
After snapping some pictures we crossed the D Street Bridge (and Rivertown Feed, thinking mightily about Eula and the dog park!) for lunch at Mike & Susie's house. We hadn't seen their family since our combined trip to Martha's Vineyard a few summers ago, but Sophie still remembered her friend Kane. We had a grand time catching up, playing and relaxing in the sun in their backyard (ah, late fall in northern California!):
After lunch we headed into San Francisco for a gorgeous sunset and belated Thanksgiving dinner with our newlywed friends Matt & Jane (whom we had last seen in Wellington just a year prior, thanks again for all their help during a very difficult time!!!) Dinner was over-the-top delicious, but possibly overshadowed (in Sophie's mind at least, not mine or Brandie's!) by their very cool wedding presents:
After many fun lightsaber battles and delicious eats we thanked Mr. Matt and Miss Jane and packed two well-traveled and weary kids back into the Explorer for the drive back over the Golden Gate to Novato.