I think a low-key Halloween is my new favorite thing. Half ass costumes, eat In N Out for dinner, and go trick or treating around the block. Then watch Stranger Things after the kids are in bed.
We've had several visitors over the last few weeks and it has been so wonderful. Seeing our kids with their grandparents, their uncles and aunts and cousins. Oh man. It wasn't the whole family but just having a couple sibs around makes me really happy. (I have six.)
We recently went to Muir Woods and Muir Beach with visiting family. It was gorgeous. It had rained the night before and it was early enough that there were very few people. We also snagged a front row parking spot so my grumpy driving heart was very happy. We did 3/4 of the loop, soaking in the quiet and the smell of pine and wet earth. Mountains and forest are my jam. I'm considering trekking there with the boys alone to wander and hike.
I like you, family. (Year of My People is turning out to be pretty awesome.)
I'm excited to share that I'm now a contributing writer for Red Tricycle San Francisco! Yeah! I'll be sharing articles here and there featuring the best things to do in the Bay Area. Red Tricycle is like a digital city guide for parents: where ever you live or visit or vacation, you can pull up the best tips and ideas of what to do with your family. I used Red Tricycle New York all the time when we lived in Brooklyn. The events and destinations they shared seemed much more up my alley and the design of the site makes it super easy to find what you're looking for, or just browse for something on a specific date. I'm really excited to be working (figuratively) alongside their small, amazing team based in SF. They're a start-up and I love their company culture.
We've been rocked by the flu and a string of colds for four weeks and it's really making me itchy for a trip. (House arrest! Hermit alert! Wary of the measles outbreak!) We have so much California exploring to do. Last summer we spent three days with friends in Napomo and spent time in San Luis Obispo, Montaña De Oro, and Pismo Beach. It was WOW. Though both of my parents are from Northern California, I've never spent more than a few days in Yosemite Valley and the surrounding area until now. It's incredible how much there is to do and see. Any tips of where to go or what to do? My friend Ashley has amazing tips for where to go and what to do in California.