Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day Adventure: In Our Own Neighborhood and Backyard (Literally)

We finally had a sunny day (still a little cold because of the wind, but sunny) so we enjoyed it outside today. In the morning, we had Aria running around with a "soccer" ball with Brian and we went to the park for some playground and basketball fun in the evening.

So at least our Memorial Day was relaxing, but active...

Some photos of all the action:

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Aria's 2nd Birthday Party

It's Aria Time! As you may have noticed, we've been spending the last week or so really prepping for Aria's 2nd birthday part. Well, today was the big day and it was a success! It was a smaller party than last year, but packed with lots of games, presents, and fun, all to a Timmy Time theme (one of her favorite shows).

There were a lot of games (paper airplane flying contest, pin the tail on Mittens, and a bean bag toss) and lots of time for mingling and outdoor fun.

We were hoping that Aria would be able to stay up the whole party, but by the time we sat her down for her cupcake, she was oh-so-tired. She was able to take a nap and was much revived (and happy to tear through her new presents). Most fortunate of all, the party ended just before the rain started - yes, rain during Memorial Day weekend this year. Crazy!).

Here are some more photos from the party:

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day

After visiting our local Kelly Moore paint store (to pick out paint colors for my mom's house), we took her Ray's Sushi for dinner and to meet up with some other moms and family. We were lucky enough to have a tatami room where the kids could roam around to keep themselves busy after eating dinner. All in all, a great celebration for all the moms.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Del Valle Regional Park

We drove out to Livermore for a hike at Del Valle Regional Park today. We were hoping for a more green landscaping, but unfortunately, the hills of the Bay Area are turning brown already. There was still some beautiful views of the lake and it was a great hike (got 5+ miles in according to myTracks), but it was definitely dry and not friendly to the allergies of most of the hikers today...

We also decided to have lunch before the hike today lakeside on the East Beach. Although the winds were gusty and a little chilly, it was a beautiful view and Aria loved walking up and down the water front to explore. She got dangerously close to the edge (and right into the water as well), but luckily her water resistant shoes prevented her from getting too wet (it's a good thing too, because I managed to pack her an extra set of everything except for socks and shoes). Lake was so nice with access to boating and kayaking that we will probably go back to visit soon, and perhaps camp on the campgrounds.

  • Rating: Pros:  Beautiful views of the lake and a nice active hike. Access to both the trails and a beach/play area is a plus as well.
    Cons: Would have gotten a 4 tree rating had it not been for the extreme dryness and windiness. Allergy flareups were rampant (will definitely take some Claritin-D with us the next time around)!
  • Difficulty:  The climb that we took was more steep than needed to be, but this allowed us to see the best view of the lake and surrounding areas.
  • Best Season:  Spring is definitely the time to go, preferrably during one of the dry weekends of the rainy season. Avoid the hike as much as possible (but lake area might be nice) in the summer time as it will get very hot in Livermore.
  • Today's Hiking Group: Mike, Suporn, Brian, Ranica & Aria
Today's hike statistics, courtesy of myTracks:

View 2011-05-07 11:57 Lake Del Valle in a larger map

And as always, some photos of the beach picnic lunch and the hike: