Recently, after several weeks (though it seemed like several months) of cabin fever, Charlie and I finally got a chance to take Noah out for our first family “fun day.”
If you ask Charlie, every day is a family fun day and the most relaxing fun time can be had by doing nothing at home all weekend. But being a stay-at-home mom, our home is my “workplace” and when we’re home on the weekends it feels like I’m still “on the clock.” After days of nagging, pleading, negotiating, I finally convinced Charlie to take our family SOMEWHERE. So over the President’s Day weekend*, we made a “pilgrimage” to San Francisco and visited some of our favorite food spots and as well as a few new ones.
Basically, my goals were to 1) introduce Noah to sightseeing, eating outside our home 2) give us practice taking Noah out so that we don’t give up on traveling altogether 3) have some fun and eat some yummy food while doing 1) and 2).
Before the trip I spent hours pouring over yelp reviews, blogs, and restaurant websites trying to determine the “best” course for our day. Knowing how much Charlie hates driving in the city (but he also didn’t want to take BART – so hard to please!) and looking for parking, I researched not only restaurants but also parking garages and some additional options for Plan B.
Including the last few months of my pregnancy when we were basically homebound unpacking from our move, it had been nearly half a year since we had gone anywhere so I really wanted the day to be PERFECT. But not knowing what to expect and whether Noah would be a good sport, I kept my attitude in check. If things go well, great. But if they didn’t and we end up having to come home early, then that’s fine too. The point is to START SLOW, and take it ONE TRIP AT A TIME.
On Friday around 11 AM, we set off for our first family adventure. I’m not great with writing long narratives (and you probably don’t want to read them anyway) so I’ll just say that the day was a big success. When we drove home around 8 PM that night, all three of us were completedly exhausted but in a good way. Charlie got to have his yummy food and visit the new Blue Bottle Cafe. I got to stop by my old workplace to introduce Noah to some colleagues and picked up another LeSportSac bag (see my post about it here). Noah was a trooper through it all, way beyond my expectations.
I’m really thankful that we had a good time. (I had hoped we would and planned thoroughly so we could but in the end, we just had to go with the flow.) It was nice to be able to go to the city this time but I am sure that even just a walk down the block would be enjoyable if we did it together as a family.
Mistral Lamb Plate with Nimen Ranch leg of lamb, ratatouille, mac & cheese
Ciao Bella Sorbet (Blood Orange) and Gelato (Pistachio)
Back A Yard (E. Palo Alto) Jerk Chicken and Pork Combo with Corn Festival
Our next break is coming up in mid-March and I’m already planning another family outing. Of course, it’s going to be a while before we can take any long trips but for now, I’m happy to just be able to get out and enjoy the sunshine and spend time with my two favorite guys.
Blue Bottle Cafe and Miette Chocolate Cake with Creme Fraiche
*Fortunately, Charlie got 2 extra days off that weekend so he got to rest on Thursday before our adventure on Friday. Also, for some reason, Noah slept really well on Thursday and took a three-hour nap that afternoon (he hasn’t done that since) so I got to finish making my nursing cover, just in time for our outing. What a cooperative baby!