Oh my gosh! This place is gorgeous, and a joy to hangout in! The bathrooms are huge, and clean. The book selection is ample. And the seating is very, very plush.
We're aobut to head out on our yearly two week camping trip! We use a pretty cool app for finding camping sites called ParkAdvisor. It shows all the private and government owned campsites in any area, including a huge number of them we never would have found, but loved. Many of the campsites we wound up in were an hour or so up ever narrowing, apparently deserted, dirt roads through the m... More
There's a mom & dad that are tag teaming their 3 & 1 year-old on our flight, & it's adorable! The dad managed to get seated in a row with the two kids, the mom stayed further back. The kids are super adorbs & the mom's taking each them for walks when she can. Meanwhile, the dad's hanging out with the other kid (kids when the seatbelt sign's on). It's super-fun to see all the teamwork!
Partners of Moms! If you're so inclined, the Palace downtown is accepting reservations for Mother's Day Brunch. The brunch is buffet style this year, and the location is easily accessible by BART. The building is gorgeous. I haven't tried the brunch yet. Spoiler trivia: You may want to watch "The Game" with Michael Douglas before heading out to brunch.
Parents, if you're holding onto your kids baby clothes, maybe don't feel so silly, maybe they're for your grandkids😊 My dad held onto my clothes. He's been sending them to us, and the 8, 6, & 4 y.o. gang here love them! It appears they lasted forever in part because my mom was big on preemptive clothing maintenance, check out those ironed in patches!
The Mayor's office for Housing and Community Development is hosting a conversation in the Excelsior neighborhood next week at Balboa High School from 5:30 to 7:30 PM. Food and child watch will be provided.
The Disney Family Museum has art projects for kids throughout the holidays! From 10 to noon, they have Artists' Playground for kids 3 to 6, and from 1 to 3 they have Artists' studio for kids 7 and up, (they're not really picky about the age of kids in either session thought). The classes are today (12/22), and tomorrow (12/23), and then the day after christmas ending on and includin... More
Got a MUNI pass and an hour or two to kill? Hop on the cable car at California and Drumm, (you know, the stop where there's never a line). Ride up California to one stop beyond Powell, hop off, head to the northeast corner of the intersection, and head into the Fairmont! There's a gingerbread house in the lobby that kids can walk through! There's also a huge Xmas tree! There... More
One of my favorite holiday traditions is my partner and I stealing the time to spoil ourselves a little with nibbles and drinks that we normally wouldn’t splurge on. It’s kind of our holiday gift to ourselves. I recently mentioned some the local places we love to shop around town. Here are the local places we’ve found that have spectacular treats for mid-shopping breaks. Downtown Cheap, but ... More
The Pratt Ale House? Yep, kid friendly. Dad friendly too. They have chicken tenders, they have pretzels with cheese sauce, they have really good beer! My favorite was the Three Lions, a hefty darker sort of beer. We hit the place twice. The first time, we received a free coupon for my next beer when we stopped by again. Talk about marketing to your audience. The second visit is always n... More
Swensen's ice cream on the corner of Hyde and Union in San Francisco is giving free ice cream to kids who turn up in costume today! It's super-easy to get up there via public transit from downtown. You can take either the cable car or the 45.
I wanted to brag on this place again as a handy travel tip. In addition to their super-good, super-cheap lunches, they also always have chicken tikka masala and saag available for carryout in the back of the restaurant (same as the lunch carryout, also cheap). I'm picking up some of each on my way back from the Oakland airport. Also, great with kids. First question I was asked on my way in... More
I was lucky enough to attend a book launch party here in Tuesday for "Girl Squads 20 FEMALE FRIENDSHIPS THAT CHANGED HISTORY" by Sam Maggs , (an awesome book for kids and adults by the way). The shop is bright and open and pleasant! The folks that work there are so nice (I meet Leeia and Amy)! If your in need if a romance novel in LA, this would be my first recommendation. Even better... More
Apologies for not posting this earlier, but if you miss this one, there will be another hike in two weeks. Did you know you're only a bus ride away from gorgeous forests? This meetup is a bi-weekly hike for homeschoolers/unschoolers or any kids 0-12 in the Bay/Marin/Sausalito area on hike days, (even if you're just in town that day, please feel free to join). The hike is from PanToll... More
Incredibly sad and terrifying at the same time. If only we could get rid of a lot of laws and start being decent to each other again. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/27/opinion/sunday/motherhood-in-the-age-of-fear.html
This place is delightful! Sadly it's closed on the weekends. If you do happen to be downtown with kids on a weekday though, this is a great hangout to grab a mocha for yourself, a bagel with cream cheese for the kids, and maybe catch up on a little reading or coloring or workbooking. There's lots of seating upstairs. The calm jazz music and the incredibly chill atmosphere are perfect!
As I was fishing along the shore of Tuchuk Creek, I heard Maya, our dog, bark, and looked up to see a hiker crossing the small bridge above me. Our map didn’t have detailed information about the area, so I wandered up to the road to introduce myself, perhaps the hiker was more familiar with the area than I. “Hi! I have a question for you!” “Oh hi! Sorry for spooking your dog!” “No problem... More
My partner and I along with the gang—7 y.o. No. One, 5 y.o. No. Two, and 3 y.o. No. Three—spent the second day of our Sheldon expedition at what was supposed to be Kinney Camp, but perhaps wasn't. Internet pictures of Kinney Camp feature the scattered ruins of old stone houses. There decidedly weren't any where we wound up. Still, it was a nice place to kill a day. For logistical r... More
Just in case you didn't know, the heirloom tomatoes from farms near San Francisco are incredible, and they're back in season! My favorites come from Alemany Farmers' Market, (I wouldn't reveal this except we get over there at 5:45 most Saturday mornings, so I think our stash is safe.) One of the kids here loves them sliced on tomato and cream cheese sandwiches! When we can get... More
We—my partner and I, with the gang, 7 y.o. No. One, 5 y.o. No. Two, 3 y.o. No. Three, and our 11 y.o. Labrador/Shepherd mix dog— spent our first night at the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge at Catnip Reservoir. The reservoir and its resident avian conglomeration are gorgeous! We saw Canadian geese, wood ducks, and sandhill cranes. (OK, I didn’t just see sandhill cranes, I was loudly escorte... More
As the kids and I walked into the store to see if they sold earthworms before we headed to our (hopefully) streamside campground, we were greeted by two largeish hunting dogs. When I say largeish, I mean both dogs were easily as tall as five year-old No. 2. The rest of the visit, for the gang, was spent browsing through the store looking at the various fishing gadgets while giggling constantl... More
On the last of 14 days hanging out in the forest and desert with the gang, (7 y.o. No. 1, 5 y.o. No. 2 , and 3 y.o. No. 3), it occurred to me, I'd never posted the last part of the hunters/parents series, so here goes! The Blood and the Mud and the Crud As a hunter, you’ll be immunized to the blood, gore, and sleeplessness that comes part in parcel with parenting. Pooh-filled diapers? No... More
Liberty Cafe, Liberty, WA
Liberty Cafe in Liberty, WA turned out to be the local morning hangout. We practically skidded into the parking lot as it is the only part of Liberty visible from US 97, and even then only after appearing around a blind curve in the road. There was plenty of room on the rail fence outside to sit and read. Five year-old No. 2 and three year-old No. 3 and I had a fun time checking out the swam... More