Camping in Yosemite Valley

I think there is a universally accepted truth that camping with friends – especially those who have kids – makes camping 10,000 times easier with little ones. It took some coordinating; we met virtually at some early hour of the morning to reserve camping spots and miraculously found one that worked with all of our schedules.

There are some people that fill me with light, and the Willis’ are a whole family of such people. I’m grateful for friendships that have lasted since our awkward middle school years! Continue reading “Camping in Yosemite Valley”

Return to the Motherland: Taiwan

I took the kids to Taiwan for the first time. I hadn’t been back in many years, and was so excited to experience everything with Carter, Aila, my mom and Harv, though I almost didn’t survive the flight over. I sat alone with the kids, while my parents were up in the fancypants section of the airplane (read: no kids allowed up there!), I got hit by a bad stomach bug, got super nauseous, and had to run and throw up in the bathroom when all our meals were out. Luckily, my kids were so into the TVs they barely noticed I was gone, and I was fine afterwards. Trial by fire, I say. If I can make it on a 16 hour flight alone and sick with two kids, I have no fear traveling with them anywhere now! Continue reading “Return to the Motherland: Taiwan”

Starting the Year in Yosemite

All I wanted to do at the end of 2018 was hole up in a cabin and hike around Yosemite. Thanks to my Uncle Roger and Auntie Sharon, we were able to do just that. We celebrated the end of 2018 and kicked-off 2019 in my favorite place on earth…I feel like 2019 is going to be a year of miracles and change! Continue reading “Starting the Year in Yosemite”

Pumpkins, Hay Rides and Sunflower Fields

Every year, we go in search of the best local pumpkin patches. Two years ago we went to Pastorino Farms in Half Moon Bay and Webb Ranch in Portola Valley. Last year, we went to Moore’s Pumpkin Patch in Dublin.

This year, we trekked down to Spina Farms Pumpkin Patch in San Jose. Far…near Coyote Valley. It was perfect. Not too commercial, not too much traffic (although I started working at 6 am so I we could leave in the early afternoon on a weekday), pumpkins laid out beautifully, an interactive learning center, a mini-hay bale maze, giant orange chairs, a sunflower field and of course, rides! Namely, a train, a hay-ride, and a barrel train ride. And this doesn’t even include the petting zoo or pony rides, which are weekend-only attractions. Continue reading “Pumpkins, Hay Rides and Sunflower Fields”

Adventures in Filoli

There is a special place in my heart for Filoli. When I was on (my insanely short) maternity leave with Carter, I purchased a season pass and went to stroll the ground with him every week. I loved watching the gardens changed with the seasons, the almost unworldly beauty of the grounds, the peace I felt when I was there. It was a perfect place to bond with my first baby.

This fall, my cousins invited us to Filoli for their Fall festival. The festival itself was just a stack of hay bales, and a couple craft tables, but the gardens were beautiful and we had a lovely time. Continue reading “Adventures in Filoli”