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Monday, March 9, 2009

We are really bad planners

But the lack of planning always seems to work out, so I guess we won't be changing any time soon. Saturday morning we woke up, asked Ro and Ree what they felt like doing, then grabbed some roadtrip food and an extra pair of underwear (for the girls, not the grownups) and pointed the minivan toward San Francisco. We ended up at the Aquarium on the Bay (a smallish but totally uncrowded aquarium on the wharf) where we looked in vain for an octopus, and then were tickled to pet a flirty, friendly little bat ray. We ambled down to the end of a really, really long pier and hooted and hollered at the massive sealions. The water out there looked (deceptively) smooth, so we decided at the last second to ride the ferry and raced all the way back down the pier (man oh man am I out of shape) to board the boat just as it was leaving. We finished up with a square of Ghirardelli chocolate and pointed the minivan home. What a gorgeous, sunny, blue-sky day in the city. Bring on that seafood lunch, I'm gonna eat more shrimp that all of you! (and she did): Arrrrrr, bring on that aquarium! We ike deez pwetty fowyers, mama: Sweet little girls fit right in with those pretty flowers Sailing under the Golden Gate bridge, a thrilling first. (What kind of photographer snaps a pic with some random guy's head in it? Sigh...): Riding under the Golden Gate bridge The girls and TubaDad brought me some water, since I tend to get seasick, but then they drank it all. Oh well, it was a sweet gesture: Our family on the boat A really fun day. We'll be sure not to plan more of these kinds of days real soon. PS: Thank you, thank you, thank you for all the thoughtful, awesome suggestions on the previous post. I'm mulling it all over and then it's full-steam ahead with Part 2.

28 comments:

  1. Oh, what I wouldn't give for some of that sun! Beautiful pictures.

    I remember visiting that aquarium in one of my many visits out west (my sister and BIL were stationed at Vandenburg AFB for 5 years...).

    I especially love the picture of the girls with the flowers!

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  2. FUN TIMES!!! I love the "hmmm, what do we want to do today?" days! Those tend to be the most memorable!

    P.S. The girls look adorable! I'm jealous over the mini-Columbia coats...we can never find two in the same size!!!

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  3. I love the new header. So beautiful and pink!

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  4. It was a great weekend for your adventure!! Great pictures and smiles! Love the new header by the way...spring is on it's way!

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  5. I think spur of the moment trips are the best....and it looks like you all had a blast!!

    These pictures are so cute....I think they might be some of your best...and the new header....it is perfection:)

    Have a great week....I missed your last post....Looks like one I must read:)

    Lisa

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  6. Those are the best kind of trips:-)

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  7. What kind of photographer gets some random guy's head in her picture? One who can crop! Sounds like a great, fun day.

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  8. Umm. It's snowing and hailing here. Can we have some of that sunshine, please?

    Looks like you had an AWESOME day. Good for you. Good for not planning. Maybe you should "not plan" to come to Disneyland with us again :-)

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  9. Looks like you guys had an awesome time, and what a beautiful day to see the bridge, not a cloud in sight. I was lucky enough to see the very tops of the bridge when I saw it. Also, thanks for posting about talking about adoption I wonder what I will say to my child when the time comes and reading your posts really do help.

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  10. Cute new header!! Ro left, Ree right?

    What a great day!! I love unplanned days and just going with the flow...especially when the flow involves road trip food, San Fran, seafood and a ferry trip! Neato!! The recipe for a perfect day!!

    Heh...just keep thinking of road trip food...mmmmmmmmm!!!!

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  11. Ah Catherine, Catherine, Catherine... you're just going to have to come back out here one more time and take a closer look at the girls. It's Ree left and Ro right in the header. See you next week? Hee!

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  12. I LOVE last minute planning!!! So fun....the pics are awesome as usual!

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  13. Sometimes those last minute trips are the best. Great photos - beautiful family!

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  14. I miss SF! We lived in Marysville for a couple years and visited SF a few times a year on day trips..beautiful city. Now we're back in good ol' Washington State.

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  15. I LOVE the "fowyers" picture! The girls look just like two more "fowyers" standing there with their sunshiny fades and colorful outfits. I think it's one of my all time favs of them.

    What a wonderfully fun day! Days like that are just the best thing ever! What more could you want out of life?!
    -Jen-

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  16. What a fun day out!!!

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  17. That looks like a fun day! :-)

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  18. Look at your weather. We woke to snow this morning and it is 29.... So I am loving the pictures in your header. And the girls attitudes with their glasses on. Wish we could have tagged along. Sounds like a great day!

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  19. Sounds like fun times!!!

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  20. What a fun day for you all. We have a picture of Shayna by the same flowers at the Pier. Too fun - wish we lived (a lot) closer!

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  21. I love SF!!! Only visited once a couple of years ago with hubby and two children. Such a great city! Loved seeing so many Asian folk since my two kiddos are Korean!
    I can't wait to return!!!

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  22. Bad Planners? Those are the best times! That is the only kind we know.

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  23. By the way, I love the new pretty faces! Those lips, you are killing me here! They are beautiful!

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  24. Bad planners? Looks like a perfect plan to me! Of course we are the early morning pack and go types too. Some of the best times we have had started with Hubby, an early riser, and the,"Hey Baby, I saw this on the internet and it looks like fun...4 hours down the road. It's only 4 am...I made coffee...you up for it?" Our children love us...lololol.

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  25. i always thought they looked so much alike until you pou up that new photo in the header!!!

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  26. Great pictures and the Golden Gate bridge picture .....well .... "random guys head" looks like a rock ....haha! I think you are one of the best blog photographers around :)
    Andrea
    PS: love the new header ....

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  27. I have a question! My family and I are considering adoption. We already have three bio kids that are 9,7 and almost 5. I know the girls are your first but do you have any information or know of any bloggers who have adopted children after completing their families biologically? I worry about what my kids would feel like. Would they worry that they "weren't enough." What would our other family members think? Our friends? Strangers? How would a child growing up in a family with no one "like me" feel?
    Thank you so much for sharing your story it has been so neat to see your beautiful girls they are so precious.
    Melissa

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  28. What a beautiful family! Lovely girls! We are adopting from China. Love to see other families who have taken that path. I am also glad to know that we are not the only ones who have renovation projects in the mix. Good luck!!!

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