Tuesday, April 28, 2009

10th Anniversary Trip to San Francisco

Chris and I celebrated 10 years of marriage on April 17th. Reminiscent of our dating days, Chris had the whole thing planned and wanted to surprise me. He drove me (and Sam) to Dublin where we dropped our car off and hopped on the BART. What a great way to get into the city. We arrived in downtown San Fran and a block from our hotel...the same hotel we stayed in on our honeymoon...and he had arranged for the same room we had 10 years ago as well. What a treat! Then we dined at the Moroccan Restaurant that we fell in love with all those years ago too! What a great evening.
Here is how we set Sammy up for night. She loved her "crib."
The hotel was completely renovated with a total modern feel.

The next day we slept in til 10am and had a nice brunch and started taking a beautiful walk around the city. We climbed many hills and ended up at Pier 39 where we watched street performers and enjoyed people-watching. After a nice dinner and a trolley ride back to our hotel, we headed to the BART and made our way home.

Samantha was with us (as you can see in almost every picture) and did amazingly well. She slept practically the whole time because she was in the sling from morning til night. It was great, but we got some pretty strange looks...people were curious as to what I was carrying.

All in all, it was a wonderful trip and I can't wait to go back! We decided to make the San Fran trip, with the hotel and the moroccan food an annual event. Next time...without kids :)

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Happy Easter!

We had everyone over for an easter egg hunt. That is Emma and Ty as well as Dylan on the trike.

Sammy is 2 months old

Samatha is 2 months old...

OH, the trials and tribulations of being the youngest of 4!

A Weekend Away

With the help of my parents and a wonderful connection from thier friends, I was able to treat Chris to a weekend away to Carmel. Some friends of my folks offered them thier house on the coast for a weekend and, knowing that I wanted to take Chris away, they invited us along. Chris and I celebrated the completion of his Masters Degree as well as our 10th anniversary...and just, well, a much needed break from the stresses of reality. We had incredible weather and the chance to have an uninterrupted conversation. Mom and Dad watched Sammy while we went for walks and had a nice dinner, it was GREAT!

Strike a Pose!

I asked my friend, Jen Bell, if she could take some pictures of the girls now that there are 4 of them and we are complete! She did such a fantastic job and here are some of her in action. Thanks Jen!

The finished product!

The Girls get Haircuts!

Addison and Tessa have been bugging me for quite some time now to cut their hair. We had been trying to grow Addi's out to give to Locks of Love. Unfortunately it was just getting too hard to manage, so I gave in and let my mom cut her hair.

Then Tessa was begging me to cut hers too. Well, she still had baby hair. It was down to her bottom practically. This was a BIG deal for me! But I finally gave in to her too.

Here are the results: