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Saturday, November 27, 2021

Our California Household Journey (and Welcome Again!)

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How is your summer season going to date? We missed you over the previous 10 days and are excited to catch up! Tomorrow we’re launching our redesign (we will’t wait to share with you), and I’m grateful we received to journey to California to go to relations. Listed below are a number of journey photographs, for those who’d wish to see…

Sonoma vineyards

Household journeys can at all times have ups and downs (keep in mind this hilarious article?), however touring is a lot simpler now that the boys are older. First, we drove to Sonoma. I couldn’t consider the fantastic thing about driving previous vineyards, and I saved telling everybody to pinch themselves. “I really feel like we’re in Dad or mum Entice,” Toby stated reverently.

Sonoma airbnb

My dad and twin sister joined us at an Airbnb, and it was such a celebration to all be collectively after nearly two years aside.

traintown Sonoma

We ended up falling right into a routine: Each morning, whereas the opposite adults slept or labored, the boys and I’d get up, eat breakfast, and instantly head to TrainTown, which is an lovely amusement park with six rides surrounded by timber. You may also take a 20-minute practice experience, which stops midway via so you may feed goats and alpacas. The boys liked it a lot, we went all 4 days in a row. (I’d watch them from a shady bench and hearken to podcasts:)

Sonoma airbnb

Within the afternoons, we’d swim and loosen up on the home. At some point, my dad, my sister and Alex went wine tasting, however the boys watched a film and I dozed on the couch as a result of generally doing completely nothing is the very best, don’t you suppose?

Within the evenings, we’d eat dinner collectively on the deck. (It’s humorous, I feel my sister and I look a lot extra like twins now that we’ve gotten older. We have been so totally different as youngsters!)

pasta vegetable

My sister additionally made this scrumptious pasta, which relies on a recipe by my pal Gisela. Right here it’s: “Prepare dinner frozen peas individually. Prepare dinner pasta individually. Shave a bunch of Parmesan in massive pan, sauté garlic, add lower asparagus, salt asparagus, cook dinner till asparagus is midway cooked (vivid inexperienced however not al dente but). Add sufficient heavy cream to cowl asparagus, deliver to simmer, cook dinner till asparagus achieved, throw in peas. Take off warmth, then add Parmesan. Stir till Parmesan is melted. Pour pasta into sauce.” YUM.

Mendocino

Mendocino kids hike

After three nights in Sonoma, we stated goodbye to my dad and sister and drove up the coast to Mendocino. We stayed in a resort for 2 nights, however I’d really advocate staying in an Airbnb within the village as a result of it’s so charming and foggy and quaint.

catch a canoe Mendocino

Anton canoeing

One morning, we rented a canoe and paddled down the river. We noticed seals and lasted an hour and a half!

redwoods Hendy woods state park

On our drive again to town, we stopped at Hendy Woods State Park to see the redwoods. Toby was grumpy (hikes, guys), however Anton liked strolling on fallen tree trunks and retaining his eye out for bears.

golden gate bridge

We ended our journey in San Francisco.

giants game

One night, Alex took the boys to a Giants sport…

Tartine manufactory salad

…whereas I walked round, ate lunch with a pal at Tartine Manufactory, peeked into cute retailers, and devoured tart Greek frozen yogurt. It’s such a deal with to have some alone time on journeys, for those who can handle to sneak away!

Anton goddard Williams

Lastly, right here’s Anton strolling house from Dolores Park: “Look, I’m a mother!” (Nailed it.)

Ahh, California, thanks for having us! We love you! What have you ever been as much as currently? How has your summer season been to date? I need to catch up… xo

P.S. Previous California journeys, household trip concepts, and 13 readers share their joyful reunions.

(Golden Gate Bridge photograph by Lilly Bloom/Stocksy.)

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