Friday, August 28, 2015

First Day of Kindergarten

Krista turned 40 this week.  We had a fun day around the house.  She asked to just take it easy.  so she spent time on the couch.  took a hot bath.  basically just enjoyed herself.  we got a nice chocolate cake with some fun candles.  Happy Birthday Mommy!!

 Arthur's first day of school included a stop by one of our trees for a hug.

 Arthur was such a big boy.  I was so proud of him.  He got nervous right before it was time to go into the school.  He was noticably getting emotional.  But he pulled himself together and got an extra hug from mom, and walked into school with the rest of his class.  Very strong guy to face his fears.  I was just super proud of him.  After a few days, he still really likes kindergarten.  Awesome!!

 Krista and I seperately went to our first Cubs games this week.  I went on saturday with Joe, Amanda, and his friend Bob who flew up from Atlanta.  We had a super amazing time.
 Krista went with some work friends on a Monday.  Such a great place for a baseball game.  Plus the weather was fantastic.

Monday, August 17, 2015

California Vacation Part 5

Here are random photos taken from our phones.  All those other ones were from our snazzy camera.

 Gridley's first popsicle.  she loved it.  plus it was pink!


 I spent an hour on this bike.  reasonable rentals at the lodge in Yosemite.  had a great time riding up and down a fire road.  Really enjoyed this.

 Sometimes they are just like "I'm done".
 View of half dome from Glacier Point.
 View of Half Dome behind Gridley

 Gridley's first taste of cotton candy!  And it was pink!
 At the san fransisco bread factory, Boudin.  good stuff.
 Outside the Ghirardelli chocolate store.  You can't see him, but my old room mate Brad took this picture.  He lives in San Fran.  we haven't seen each other in a good 7 years.  he and his awesome wife Frieda came out to Sausalito to have dinner with us.  then on this day he met up with us in the city for a little run around time.  Really great catching up.

 Sausalito had a really great tap room with a back room overlooking the bay.  in fact, this whole porch was over the water and all seats faced out at the water.  We managed to have two date nights there.  Thanks Diane!  a seal swam by.  and a paddle boarder paddled by.  and an outrigger canoe team paddled by.
 Point Reyes

 Teeny Tiny crab
 Ride on the cable car.  the kids loved it, although they were not quite sure what was going on.

Here is Gridley asleep again.  this time in a super fast ferry that runs from san fransisco to sausalito.  Apparently a lot of people commute on this ferry.  that would be a sweet ride every day.  Gridley fell asleep in my arms many times on this trip.  I was in heaven every time.

 This place blew my mind.  It is the Bay Model, built and maintained by the army corps of engineers.  It was built a long time ago to accurately model the san fransisco bay water flow.  This requires modeling all the water feeding into it from various other bays, waterways, canals, and rivers.  totally amazing.  it was about 400 feet by 400 feet.  mind blowing how huge it was.  pumps pump water in and out once every 14 minutes to simulate high and low tide.  they do it all with computers now, so it is only used for education at this point, not research.
 Straight out of my chemical engineering text book.  Froude's Law!!  I could have stayed here all day. 

 It even had this neat (huge) painting of a whale hugging an elephant.  Not sure what this was about.
 At dinner this crazy rare car showed up. It was a Spyker, made in the netherlands.  only 250 or so have been made since 2000.
 I felt obligated to take pictures.  everyone else was.
 Awesome breakfast, found on our last morning.  wish we had found it sooner, we would have been there every morning.