We had an unforgettable, extravagant week last week, quite out of our usual ordinary if you couldn’t tell from the photos! Brandon and my dad were doing some remodeling work for the week at my Aunt and Uncle’s house in the Bay area in California. My parents generously offered for us to all come along, and we couldn’t pass it up! It was quite an adventure for us and required a good bit of planning on my part to be sure Phoebe would have what she needed (food-wise) for the long day of travel and the time away. Being that we don’t usually do this sort of thing, I was a bit overwhelmed but it was such a good experience. I’m hopeful that it communicated to Phoebe that she doesn’t have to be limited by her (celiac) disease.
It was so much fun and such an incredible treat for all of us! To see the children experience the thrill of taking off and landing on an airplane alone was neat.
We flew out the day after my birthday, and on my birthday Philippa suddenly had a high-ish fever, so on top of last minute packing and prep I had to squeeze her in to the doctor to make sure it wasn’t something that would inhibit travel. Thankfully, she woke up fever-free the next day.
The first day there was a Sunday (Father’s Day), and the only day we had planned to take off together (with my parents, too) to do some sight-seeing. First we went to the local farmer’s market to get our fruits and veggies for the week. So fun to explore a local farmer’s market any old place, but especially in California! Afterwards, we drove to Half Moon Bay and happened to see horses along the way and then again on the beach. Phoebe was in heaven and also very jealous that she wasn’t on horseback herself. The beach was windy and cool, but very pleasant. We walked around a bit, had a bite of sushi for lunch while watching a couple of seals in the marina. Everyone felt a little groggy and off due to the time change, but they all did remarkably well! I was blown away by the wild eucalyptus and massive nasturtium all along the roadside, as well as the beautiful garden at my aunt and uncle’s home, complete with avocado, lemon and fig trees! It’s so incredible to explore a different part of the country.