Anyway, we love the Bay Area. I've always been enamored with San Francisco and was about to move there before Jared and I decided to get married and that would mean another year in Boston. So Jared treated me to a wonderful honeymoon in San Francisco before his final year at MIT. Our job hunt during that last year took us all over the country but when an opportunity arose in the Bay Area we jumped at the chance to create a permanent honeymoon in such a great place. We spent 6 years there. We bought our first home there. All our kids were born there. We explored the redwoods and the coast and the city with lots of babies and toddlers in tow. We try to head back every chance we get!
We loved the chance to enjoy time with Jared's sister Kathryn and her husband MJ plus with my sister Charity. Nice to have two sisters in the area. Kathryn and MJ let us all stay at their lovely home in Oakland/Piedmont (a home that felt like a second home to us the whole time we lived near them - we spent lots of time with them and their great kids who've all grown up and moved on now). And we got to see Charity's really cool house that she shares with roommates and have her as our personal tour guide of the city.
My amazing sister Charity now lives in San Francisco and it was so fun to enjoy her favorite spots which turned out to also be some of my favorite places. This is at Coit Tower, a spot Jared and I grew to love on our honeymoon.
|Charity showed us a glass elevator that offered wonderful views of the city out to the bay.|
We rode up and down again and again. Great times!
Driving across the good old Golden Gate is always a thrill and sharing the joy of so many favorite places
with my dear sister who loves it all as much or more than me was so much fun.
|So Oliver wasn't happy and my hair looks weird. |
But we we did get a family photo at the Golden Gate!
|Easter Morning egg hunt in the lovely Pritchett garden|
|Love those calla lillies - miss them. We had so many of them in our yard in San Jose.|
Love how everything grows like crazy everywhere in California.
|A rose in the Prichett garden - I miss all the rose bushes we had at our house in CA.|
Nothing like a perfect rose.
This was our little house in San Jose. Jared and I bought it for what seemed like an astronomical price at the time ($349,000) when we were pregnant with Ashton. We sold it almost six years later for $725,000. As well as proving to be a great investment, it was a dear little home (and it's a lot cuter on the inside). We brought each of our kids home to this house after they were born at the hospital right down the street. We loved its big windows and hardwood floors and fruit trees and nice big fenced backyard, and perfect floor plan for a young family. We put in a new kitchen ourselves - tiling like crazy at midnight with sweat dripping (no air conditioning) as we raced against time to get it done a few days before Isaac was born. The bushes we put in, the trees we trimmed, the flowers we planted, the play structure we built in the backyard - it's all still there - they haven't changed a thing - but everything's sort of overgrown. We ran into some old neighbors and it was great to get caught up on the neighborhood.
|After our jaunt to our old stomping grounds in San Jose, we headed back to Kathryn and MJ's|
for another Easter Egg hunt with the local missionaries and MJ's niece and two nephews.
|Gotta love an egg hunt - especially when these eggs had been blown out and filled with|
fruity pebbles cereal - fun surprise, Aunt Kathryn!
|We enjoyed a truly delicious and beautiful Easter dinner with the Pritchetts, the missionaries|
and some of MJ's family. Great people. Great times. Thank you Pritchetts!