Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Posted by Botill Family at 2:22 PM
We went to the Aquarium early in the morning the lines to get in were massive. Four small kids in crowds full of people were hard to keep track of, but Brittany and Tyler were a HUGE help! Seriously, I don't know if I could have done it without them. We each had a buddy. Tyler was with Logan, Brittany with Reagan (which she called her "Mini-me", I swear they look like sisters), Blake with Chase and I was with Emma. Their displays were so impressive. It is so much bigger than when I was a kid. The younger kids were tired by one o'clock, so I took Logan, Reagan and Chase back to the hotel for a nap... I needed one too! Blake stayed with Brittany, Tyler and Emma and looked at more of the Aquarium and took them to the Ghirardelli Ice Cream Shop. When my half of the kids woke up, we all met up on a small beach on Cannery Row. Chase ran after birds, Tyler and Brittany pushed each other into the waves, and Reagan fell into the water (of course).
Logan and his friend.Brittany and her Mini-Me
These kids take so many better pictures than mine! Jealous!
Posted by Botill Family at 1:56 PM
Posted by Botill Family at 1:46 PM
Monday, May 11, 2009
We made our way into San Fransisco itself on day two. We first went to the Exploritorium but it wasn't opened yet so we wandered around the outside of the building. It has a huge duck pond and Chase was so excited. (Chase has a thing for any water and trains and we expect a huge fit if he leaves either.) The kids practically fell in the water a few times while chasing birds.
The Exploritorium was just as I remembered it as a kid. It is so nice to go places where your kids are actually EXPECTED to touch everything. What a relief! Reagan stood for quite awhile at this display that had you put your hand in and try to grab the tea cup, but it was an illusion made with mirrors. Reagan tried forever to get the darn tea cup, but her hand kept going through it. Chase, of course, found a train and proceeded to refuse to leave, or let anyone else see while yelling "Train! Train!" Ahh, small minds. After we finally wrenched him away (45 minutes later) he cried about the train the rest of the time. Where Logan lacks focus... Chase has an unwavering single-mindedness. Could I transfer a little between the two?
While the kids slept, Blake and I drove to a few historical sites that we'd never been to and took turns sitting in the car while we checked them out.
Posted by Botill Family at 11:26 PM
Then we went to Point Reyes and the kids played on the beach. Reagan did her normal beach thing and sat on the towel, wrapped in a towel and watched the boys play. Chase made Blake run after the waves and Logan played in the sand. We saw a sea lion trying to come in to the beach but it was too scared of us. Can't say I blame it. We didn't last long since the water was cold and the wind was blowing the sand around, but the kids had fun.
Posted by Botill Family at 10:48 PM