Thursday, June 30, 2011

Seacliff State Beach

After the crazy weather we were having (another rainy day in June??!!), we finally got lucky with a nice day where we could take a walk down to the beach from our vacation house rental. 

 It wasn't a long day at the beach, but we definitely got some surf, sand and sun in before the vacation was over...

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Gilroy Gardens

Another vacation day, another day at an amusement park. This time we drove out to Gilroy Gardens to enjoy some kiddie amusement and some beautiful gardens.

The park was an overall joy, with the exception of the lunch service. Our recommendation for anyone planning a visit there: do whatever possible (eat before you get there, pack a lunch (you need to leave it in the car though since no outside is permitted), or hide a snack or 2 with the kids' snacks) to not have to buy lunch. The service for lunch took 50 minutes (and 35 of those were just waiting to order)!

Regardless, we did have a good time:

Monday, June 27, 2011

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

On the first official day of our family vacation, we went to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk for some sun and fun. Luckily, the weather was beautiful (sunny and in the 70s) for a day at the boardwalk.

We spent all day there, alternating between kiddie and grown-up rides and attractions. Aria finally did conk out even among the excitement, and that's a good thing because we didn't end up getting back home until after 11pm.

Here are some photos of our day at the Boardwalk:

Sunday, June 26, 2011

iFly (I Cry)

We took the Penders family to iFly today for their indoor sky diving adventure. We weren't 100% sure that the Savannah and Siena would enjoy it, but we thought we'd give it a shot.

Overall, Courtney and Reno had some great flights, but the girls didn't quite take to being in the wind tunnel. Either way, it was an enjoyable little adventure and I'm glad we were able to give them that experience.

Here are some photos to capture the afternoon's flights:

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Jib's High School Graduation

We're all so proud of our new high school graudate, Jib. She graduated with honors today from James Logan and we were able to share the special day with her and family.

The day started at the high school graduation ceremony, followed by a lunch at Ray's Sushi (and froyo at So Frais), and finally a graduation party thrown in her honor. There was lots of smile, food, and family all around. Congratulations again Jibby!

Here are just a few more photos from our day of celebration:

Saturday, June 11, 2011

San Mateo County Fair

We had the opportunity to visit the first day at the San Mateo County Fair today. We even got free parking and admission, thanks to Emergency Preparedness Day.

The exhibits and carnival were fun, and the food was excellent as well. Unfortunately Aria and Vivi were still too little to go on most of the carnival rides, but we made do by going on both of the carousels a few times. Hopefully they will meet the minimum height requirements soon so they can enjoy the rides.

Here are just some photos that were taken today: