September 23, 2011

Diaper on my head!

Lillian seems to be preparing herself for a career in musical comedy. Lately, every evening when she's getting ready for bed she emerged from her room wearing her diaper on her head, giggling and singing "diaper on my head".

September 22, 2011

A Little Getaway

Our friends Bob and Jamie invited us to spend the weekend at their new cabin in the Sierra foothills of Arnold CA. The cabin, perched in a scenic pine forest near a lake, makes for a lovely year round get away spot. We were delighted when they offered to host us for the weekend and we knew Lillian would have a great time hanging out with her friend Isabella and baby Olivia.

Saturday the girls spent the day playing at a little lake near the cabin. They even managed to swim (with the help of their dads and some floaties) out to a dock in the middle of the lake. After the brisk swim they spent a good long while playing games on the beach.

Sunday we drove up highway 4 past Bear Valley for a hike at Lake Alpine. The girls, decked out in skirts and Tutus, hiked with their dads (and Nash) up to the top of a rocky ridge overlooking the lake. We forgot to send a camera up with them, so we have no pictures of the gorgeous views of the high Sierras. We did capture some of the action from the picnic that we had by the lake after the hike.

September 2, 2011

Mount Tamalpais

This week Lillian had a week vacation from school between the summer term and the start of the new school year after Labor Day. We decided to make a stay-cation of it and do some fun trips around the area and spend some time with good friends who we don't get to see as often as we like. On Friday, Eric and Lillian took off for a grand adventure across the Golden Gate Bridge to "climb" Mount Tamalpias. There is a road that leads most of the way to the top where it is just a quick hop-skip and jump to the summit. The hike was short, but there was some good elevation to burn energy. When you combine the somewhat rough terrain with the spectacular views, it makes for a very satisfying adventure for a 4 year old. If you're living in the south bay, have a lot of time to burn and have never been then you should definitely make the trip at least once. But be aware that it's easily 2 hours drive each way, mostly to get through San Francisco traffic. It's good we went, but it is doubtful that we will return any time soon. Much like Muir Woods, it is worth seeing, but there are similar experiences to be had with a whole lot less driving.