Remember that one time Aaron surprised me for his birthday by taking me for our first alone-overnight trip since becoming parents of two? Yep, that happened! But first…our journey begins in Lake Tahoe!
My in-laws planned for all of us (that’s 12 people total 😉 ) to spend a few nights in the cabin built by Aaron’s grandpa. Hadley was so excited at the countdown to getting to go to Tahoe with her cousins, that every night she asked, “How many more sleeps?!” It has been ranging from 100-108* lately, so the change in scenery and temperate has been more than welcome. I think that because we live so close to Tahoe, we often don’t think about how it truly is one of the most beautiful places in the world. I can’t imagine anywhere you would see a bluer lake! We attempted to spend the day at the beach, but since we were up at the Northeast part of the lake, we had pretty high and chilly winds. Keepin’ it real, that made for some grouchy children. Hadley had high hopes of lakeside playing, but we will save that for another time! 🙂
We got to go to Sunnyside for Aaron’s birthday dinner, a place that’s special to us, a) because it is so quiet but has an amazing lakefront view, b.) they have absolutely delicious food, and c.) for the sake of Hula Pie [vanilla ice cream cake on an Oreo crust topped with hot fudge and macadamia nuts]—something pretty much only available in Hawaii! This was our first time sharing Hula Pie with our children, which made the experience all the more comical. I’d say Sadie was the one that likely took the biggest share of it—I was a little jealous!
We left Tahoe earlier than the rest, because little did I know that Aaron planned surprising me with a trip that was just for the two of us! When we got home, my little sister (seriously, the best little sister I could ever imagine) Beth was all ready to take over watching the girls for the night. My sometimes-occurring type-A personality kicked in, and I unpacked all of us as fast as I could. I get weird about unpacking and all of the laundry and smells and germs, I’d blame pregnancy, but it’s kind of just who I am, ha! We packed up and took off, joking how our car literally had my purse and two overnight bags, versus allllll the junk you have to take with kids (the double stroller, car seats, pack n’ play, pillows, blankets, diapers, etc. etc.)
The surprise trip was to San Francisco, for us to enjoy a Giants game together! I’ve never been to a Giants game, which is the horror of many of my “Nor Cal” friends, but I was partially raised in Southern California, so the only exposure I had to baseball games were going to see the Angels with my dad (so fun, and I will always be an Angel fan!) We checked into our hotel, quickly changed and put on our ball caps, and took an Uber (my first time!) to AT&T Park. Of course I had to make conversation with our driver, and I jokingly asked him if he’d ever taken a woman in labor to the hospital. He seemed slightly amused, and made a few unexpected Darth Vader sounds. Now let me tell you: Aaron, or should I call him “Mr. Fancy” has gotten to enjoy many baseball games for work-related things, which actually benefited me when I wanted to dabble in all of the ridiculously delicious ball game snacks! “Treat yo’self” was our lifestyle that night, but we tried to be good and share everything (except his beers, no thank you and not allowed anyways!) I have never been so close to the field in my life, it was such a treat! I got really into the game, we started dancing along to music, and we would take stretch breaks that were reminiscent of 80’s workout videos. The Giants lost, but want to know the biggest win of the night? The Ghirardelli Hot Chocolate girl! At first I judged and muttered, “Who would want hot chocolate at a ball game!?” Aaron gently warned me, “You might change your mind once you start to get cold.” It got cold, and I didn’t realize she had a robotic backpack of hot chocolate with a steaming spigot, and even topped it with fresh whipped cream. It had to happen. It did happen. And it was the best hot chocolate of my life (a lot, coming from an ex-Starbucks barista!)
We got to wake up to the sweet sound of nothing (versus: “Hi mama and dada, I so hungy I want breftist.”) We took a stroll to Starbucks and looked around Union Square for a little bit, then headed back. A pit-stop was made at Gott’s in Napa (where we ate at a few posts back) where we enjoyed a delicious and quiet lunch together. My sister did such an amazing job taking care of the girls. I worried with her only being 20, that two two little ones could be a bit much for her. She said they were so well-behaved, and she even took them out to dinner and dessert! Aunt Beth for the win! 😆 (Also a big thanks to our friends Kevin and Brittany who took good care of our other baby, our four-legged Penny!)
Now it might seem a little silly that Aaron surprised me for his birthday, but he told me that going to a Giant’s game and getting away for a night was what he wanted. (Let’s back it up here for a moment, when I asked him beforehand what he wanted, he said the typical, “Nothing.” haha!) This was a gift we could both enjoy together, and that is something I just love about him. Oh, and for those of you that are wondering, I would now consider myself a Giants fan…way too fun!)
Thanks for reading!