Apr 23, 2017
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I went to San Francisco! I’ve wanted to go for the longest time and finally I had the chance. It was a short trip but I plan to return next year. Here are a few images from the trip:

Cable Car Safety

Cable Car Safety…they really take the fun out of it.

Cable Car

Cable cars in San Francisco are not the most efficient mode of transportation. They turn the carts by hand at the end of the route.

AT&T Park

This was my first stop in the city after taking the Caltrain from Palo Alto.

AT&T Ballpark

The home of the San Francisco Giants.

Boats

Boats along the waterfront. Just because…

Cupid's Span

Cupid’s Span is a sculpture along the waterfront with the financial district behind it.

Pier 39

I just did a walk though this part of Pier 39. Love the fun and festive atmosphere.

Fisherman's Wharf of San Francisco

Fisherman’s Wharf is full of tourists, street artists and seafood.

Boudin Sourdough

Boudin Sourdough is the bomb! I had to get a crab cake sandwich for lunch.

Boudin Bread of the Month

I read that Boudin’s still uses the same starter yeast-bacteria culture it developed during the California Gold Rush.

alcatraz

You can see Alcatraz in the distance. This is as close as I got this trip. I really want to do a night tour sometime.

Pier 39 Sea Lions

Pier 39 is famous for the sea lions.

Sea Lions

The sea lions are lazy and loud but kinda cute.

Golden Gate Bridge

This is a shot of the Golden Gate Bridge from the beach.

We had a nice visit with Daron and Dennis, Mark’s cousin and his husband.

We had to get a pic in front of the Golden Gate Bridge also. We didn’t get to bike across the bridge like we originally planned, but it’s definitely on the list for next time.

China Town

Just a random street in China Town.

China Town

I thought this was a cool door knob.

China Town

You can’t go to China Town and not take a picture of the lanterns.

China Town

Fruit market.

China Town

Dried seafood that I was not brave enough to eat.

China Town

Fun building in China Town.

China Town

Loved all the colors around China Town.

San Francisco at Night

After dinner we drove up to Twin Peaks for a night view of the city. It was raining but that did not keep people away. I was surprised to find dozens of people hanging out at the top.

San Francisco at Night

In this shot you can see the Golden Gate Bridge. I didn’t get to see everything I wanted but I sure had a good time. Just give me a camera and a bus pass and I’m ready for next time!

 

 

Nov 01, 2015
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The blond hairpiece had Donald Trump written all over it.  I was glad when my son agreed to dress up as Donald Trump for Halloween.  I couldn’t talk him into putting bronzer on his face, but I think the hair says it all.

Donald Trump Halloween

Make it Rain He even made it rain money in the streets!   I’m sure the Donald is never without his wad of one dollar bills. And if you were wondering, Donald Trump pays taxes.  At least he did on Halloween.  I opened the freezer this morning and found this bag of candy with “parent tax” written on it.   That kid cracks me up.

Halloween parent tax

Jul 23, 2014
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I had so much fun hanging out with these two on the Vegas strip between dance conventions and competition, still in dance hair and makeup.  We even ran into some celebs…sort of.Las Vegas Friends Las Vegas Gwen Las Vegas Celebrity Las Vegas Ballet Las Vegas Bruce Willis Las Vegas Dancers

Jan 24, 2014
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I came across this cactus early in the morning last spring.  I was about an hour’s drive north of Phoenix on a church youth trip and I was  a little out of my element.   I suspect it was clipped to grow into this shape. Either way it’s amazing.  As we approach Valentine’s Day, the season of looove, I’m sure you can come up with your own caption.Cactus Heart

Dec 28, 2013
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Earlier this month we celebrated my dad’s birthday.  It’s always fun (and crazy) to get everyone together… you never know what is going to happen.  Grandpa asked the kids to help blow out the candles and I was there to document it!  The kids played upstairs, downstairs and outside.  Towards the end of the evening I heard water running from the laundry room sink and went to investigate.  My son’s answer to my question, “What are you doing?”  was a bit jumbled but included the words “handcuffs” and “super glue”.  Lots of things ran through my head at that point but fortunately it wasn’t as bad as it sounded.    He was trying to glue a plastic key from his toy handcuffs back together and got some on his hands.  I have to say… I’m a little nervous for the teenage years. december 2013

Happy Birthday

Nov 01, 2013
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Every year our family goes out to Mother Nature’s Farm to pick out pumpkins for Halloween.  It’s not the closest pumpkin patch to our house, and there are always a million other things going on around Halloween, but it as become a tradition in our family and the kids love it.   If you are wondering why there are no pictures of the boys carving their pumpkins, they were following the other pumpkin tradition… after the first five minutes of carving, they get bored and go do something else, like jump on the trampoline.  My daughter freehanded the Nightmare Before Christmas pumpkin.  I think they all turned out cute!

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Oct 31, 2013
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Happy Halloween everyone!  Have a great night filled with costumes, candy and fun.  Be safe!

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Sep 06, 2012
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Every now and then my friend Taulbee, aka Arizona’s Balloon Artist, drops off a bag of balloons at my house for me to photograph and we love it!  The last batch had a few swords.  Perfect for a father/son sword fight!

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