We went to Tahoe for 4 days and 3 nights. We rented a condo in Incline Village (that place has my heart for so many reasons) and spent two wonderful days at two different beaches. Van's birthday also was during this time and we went out to dinner one night ... which is hard to do with two kids under the age of 3.
I didn't run once but had a wonderful time with my family.
Peanut jumping off our diving board before we left
Vans on his BDay morning. The Peanut made him that necklace.
The Peanut playing at the beach in Tahoe.
Pure awesome exhaustion.
Tahoe was awesome. The weather was perfect. The condo was decent and the girls shared a room together for the first time and the Peanut loved it. After 4 days in Tahoe it was time to come home ....
and put on your best Princess dress!
I mean it was time to come home, do laundry and then pack up again and head to San Francisco! The Peanut had never been there before so we booked (on a special deal) two nights at hotel located in Nob Hill. Upon being put in one room that was WAY too small for our family, I called the front desk and some how lucked out in getting us a huge SUITE ... for the same price as our previous small room. The Peanut had her own bed, Squeaker had a nice crib and Vans and I had a luxurious king size bed all to ourselves. It was great.
We succeeded in taking the Peanut to all the awesome places around San Francisco. Like ...
Golden Gate Park
Squeaker didn't like the cold so much
It had the coolest play structure
Not so fun for someone under the age of 1 though
We went to the Exploratorium!
Such an awesome place.
Someone is tired of us taking pictures
After the Exploratorium we hit the Pacific Ocean!
Due to the birds, I was off hiding under a park bench
Then we drove down Lombard Street
Did some shopping around China Town
Rode the trolley cars!
And had a very happy girl.
We also saw the Sea Lions at Fisherman's Wharf and all that goes with that area of San Francisco. Although I never ran once, I carried the Peanut (all 30+ pounds of her) up some pretty steep streets in San Francisco.
We arrived home on a Saturday evening leaving me time on Sunday to squeeze in a run. I ran 8 miles on Sunday over near Beal's Point on the bike trail. I needed the motivation of other runners out there to keep me going. It was a tough four miles back but it felt great. Although I am not where I want to be mileage wise yet, I am definitely getting stronger.
However, yesterday something happened that has changed a few things for me. I won't go into too many details but let me just say it involved me calling 911 for the first time in my life (don't worry, it had nothing to do with the girls). I have a new found admiration for our local fire department and medics as well as those in the emergency rooms of our local hospitals.
I will say that I am in a holding pattern and not allowed to run until after this Friday so it looks like it'll be another week off from running for me. I am okay with this and will actually listen to the doctor's orders because I realized yesterday while riding in an ambulance, that life is short. Too short and things can change in the blink of an eye. Having lost my own mother when I was 17 years old, I've always known life is short but some how, in the mix of life and being busy working and raising kids, I had forgotten. Now, a mother myself, with two beautiful girls, I am reminded and I realize how precious time is and how we should not sweat the small stuff and to hug the ones we love. Daily.
A person's health is an important thing but when you have children your health is not only important for your own sake, it is important for those of your children and your children's children ... if you want to see them grow, go to college, get married and have their own kids ... you have to take the necessary measures in your own life to make sure you're healthy and doing all that you can to ensure that you will not miss out on life's amazing treasures. Your children.