Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Monterey for July 4th Weekend

I laughed when I saw Terah with his coffee, thin puffer vest and picnic basket. What a hipster.

On another trip a few months ago, Sam surprised us by suddenly appearing out of his crib. Now I know how. 

Sadness because he couldn't join his brothers in a card game. It is hard being third. 

Our trip was filled with lots of bike rides, coffee shops, old time charm and tide pools. Fun escape with our boys! 

Friday, June 16, 2017

Last Day of First Grade

Last Thursday we wrapped up the school year.

First day of first grade: 

Last day: 


Thursday, June 15, 2017

Trip of a lifetime

For over the past half year, Terah has been working very hard in a new role at work. The long hours have taken its toll, but one of the surprise perks was a few weeks ago, he was unexpectedly invited to an all-expenses paid vacation to Hawaii with the top sales people on their reward trip. It was pretty incredible.

Jeep ride on a private reserve

We came back to our hotel room with my glasses meticulously placed on a Four Seasons lens cleaning cloth.  

This was the bathroom switch. I was overwhelmed every day by the decision.  

Best breakfast buffet 

When I raved about the tapioca pudding to a hotel server, she voluntarily left to handwrite the recipe and bring it back to me. 

Lavish dinners 

Pretty amazing spot for a morning swim 


Kayak and snorkeling. We managed to spot a sea turtle in the water!

Sneaked away the last day and took an uber to Honolulu for some local eats recommended by our friend. We had ramen from Lucky Belly, mochi from Nisshodo, masalas from Leonard's, and then poke from Da Hawaiian Poke Co. 

The company also hired photographers to follow the group around and take photos. 

Terah and I were saying to each other that even if we had this kind of budget to spend, we would never have splurged like this on our own. For all intents and purposes, it was like a second honeymoon. 

Of course, none of this would have been possible if my amazing parents had not watched the boys for a five full days. I left them with meals to cook, boys to feed, birthday parties to shuttle them to, and a packed end of the school year calendar. Thank you Mom and Dad!

Terah and I have not spent this much time alone in a long time. It was a trip we will never forget!