H and I spent last weekend in San Francisco to celebrate the upcoming birth of little Gibb-Hardt. for the most part, I did a terrible job of photographing all the wonderful moments spent with so many of my favorite people. the 4th of july was spent talking and giggling in my sister's backyard, watching H play with his nana and papa, auntie eri and uncle ty, uncle jones. it was so special. it was also special to leave h with his grandparents while we walked to golden gate park for some proper 4th of july beer drinking. this feels like a rare moment of relaxation when you live somewhere with no family to take your children and never get a chance for a little time away.
on friday, my dad, aka
gramps grumps, arrived and was added to the mix. my sister, mom and i went to get our nails done, but my sister unintentionally roofied me with a Xanax since i had woken up with terrible lower back pain and she thought it would help. i barely remember that pedicure. the rest of the day was spent shopping and preparing food for the next day's baby shower. no matter how much you prepare for parties like this, i always feel like the day of proves to be crazy chaos.
saturday proved to be no different. jones and i got up early and went for a five mile run in golden gate park. it was fun to have a buddy to run with and the weather was perfect and cool. we treated ourselves to a blue bottle coffee on the way home. we arrived back to a bustling house, everyone pitching in to get everything ready to take to the park later that morning. it wasn't quite crazy chaos yet, but we were approaching it. everyone was tackling various things from a list, there were lots of us in the kitchen, cooking, frosting, marinating. i seemingly no longer live by my culinary school's mantra, clean as you go. but i love these moments of everyone together, gettin' stuff done. it feels good. the shower went off without a hitch in spite of the gloomy weather. there was a perfect amount of food, which everyone really enjoyed. the kids had fun with the bubble machine and rubber balls. it was no matter that we came home to a disaster of a house from all the morning's frantic preparations.we did our best to tidy up and enjoyed a relaxing evening, all together.
all the grandparents were ready to get out of there on sunday morning. me on the other hand, i wasn't going anywhere since my flight had been cancelled due to the tragic crash at sfo on saturday. but, i got an extra day to spend with my sister and jones! we decided to take H to Baker Beach. dressed in typical SF summer beach wear (a sweater, long pants and a hat), H tentatively explored the sand after a little coaxing from us. jones spent a large chunk of time retrieving cody after he ended up at the far end of the beach. H seemed content just sitting on the blanket with my sister, but he did venture out at one point to play with a couple little kids nearby. after our cold but satisfying adventure we picked up "world famous turkey sandwiches" from the Arguello market. it's a mystery how i lived a few blocks from this place for 6+ years and never managed to have one of these sandwiches. it really may have been the world's best. we rounded out the day with some delicious sushi and plenty of chit chat and giggles. it was a perfectly lovely foggy weekend in one of my favorite cities with some of my favorite people.