Claire is four years old today. How did this:
Turn into this:
In such a short time? It seems like she was just born!
Happy birthday Bear, I love you sweetie!
Last weekend, Jen, Claire and I joined the Johnston Clan (Caley, Sonya, Lex and Logan) and the Eppenbergers (Tom, Shelly and Lane) for a little adventure.
We weren’t sure we were going to be able to go as Jen had been terrible sick with the flu but she was starting to feel better and took a chance on going with us. It turned out to be just fine.
We started out by driving to Oakland to take the train from Jack London Square to Sacramento. On the way we made the usual train stops (I assume as I’d never been on this specific Amtrak line) and when we got to Suisun City we came across this beauty:
Claire claims it is a “mommy” train because it looks like a girl and who am I to argue with her?
When we got to Sacramento we took a quick five-minute walk from the train station to the Vagabond Inn and dropped off our bags. Once we got settled, we hoofed it over to the Train Museum and spent a few hours watching the kids run around and enjoy the museum:
I’d been to the museum before quite a few times when I was younger and once with Jen when we were still dating, but it was the first time for everyone else but Tom. I think Tom and I agree that the displays haven’t changed one bit since we were kids.
After the kids got naps in (well, Claire and Lane at least), Tom, Caley and I walked around Old Town Sac for a while and enjoyed some coffee and, as Tom mentioned in his blog what may very well be the world’s smallest comic book shop. As I’m a regular at the shop here in Livermore, I didn’t purchase anything but Tom and Caley did partake and it did my geeky heart proud.
We went to La Terraza for dinner and while, it tasted pretty good, it did a wonder on almost everyone’s stomachs. I wouldn’t recommend it. The only cool thing was watching Logan assed out on a few of the chairs:
I got some pics of him posed with some beer bottles too, but haven’t posted them on Flickr yet…
We got back to the hotel and played with the kids (and each other). There was a slight issue when Logan locked himself and Claire in the Eppenberger’s room for a while, but all in all they (and we) had a blast.
We got up the next morning, ate at Denny’s which was right next door and hoofed it back to the train station. The only time we really got hit with any bad weather was on the walk back to the train station when the skies opened up and it started raining. The rain wasn’t too bad, it was the wind that really kicked our asses and broke Jen’s umbrella.
We dried off at the train station and I got this picture of a a mural on the wall of the station:
We got home none the worse and have very fond memories of the trip. We totally need to make this a regular thing!
Check it: Bid for a date with Scarlett Johansson from March 2nd – 12th.
No idea if it’ll make the site, but I thought it was funny…
You’re all growns up now!
Sorry for not posting sooner but the last few weeks have been pretty hectic, the next three weeks will be even more hectic so forgive me if I don’t post for a while.
We sold our house for less that we were asking, $445.000, but more, honestly than we were expecting.
We found our new house about 3/4 of a mile from our current place so we’re in the same neighborhood, which is awesome. We move in on the 7th of September. Here’s a picture of the new place’s exterior:
The back yard of the place is right up on the Springtown Public Golf Course, we’re on the fairway of the 1st hole. If I was a duffer, I’d be even more excited but we have gate access to the course and I assume that we’ll have access to play the course, but that’s as of yet unconfirmed. Here’s a picture of the backyard from the golf course:
Claire’s got her own little crib in the back yard which is adorable, here’s a picture of that:
The previous owners really took care of the place and you can tell they did upgrades to keep the house rather than upgrades-to-sell-the-house like many sellers would do. Here’s a picture of the VERY upgraded kitchen:
(We get to keep the fridge!)
We paid a little more than we had planned on spending, but it’s 100% move-in and the only work we’d need to do is some painting and nickel-and-dime stuff.
My folks came down to spend the weekend with us and, with the exception of Jen being violently ill for the majority of their trip, we had a great time. Saturday we took it easy and hung out at home with my parents as they were pretty wasted from the drive down from Washington.
Sunday, Claire, my folks and I went to the Alameda County Fair all day and had a blast! Claire and I rode the elephant ride:
She rode the Merry-Go-Round with my dad:
She got to see animals:
And danced like a crazy person:
All in just a few hours! We all had a great time at the Fair and definitely plan on going back later this Fair season. We even got in for free because it was “Military Appreciation Day” and you get free entry with a military ID. since both of my folks have military IDs we got free entry! Fantastic!
Yesterday we took Claire to go see Surf’s Up in the theatre, her first movie! She handled it like a pro and had a great time with her mommy, daddy, Gran and Papa. After dinner my folks and I took her to the local park and she got to run around with my folks’ dog Scooter:
Once we got home, she got to spend some quality time with Gram:
My folks are headed home today to spend some time with my new niece Maddie and have a relaxing summer.
My niece was born today. Madeline Olivia Johnson. Six pounds, six ounces and 18.5 inches tall. She was born to my brother Erik and his Wife Nanette three weeks early, on Father’s Day. My dad and her parents were at the hospital, my mom is in Florida on a business trip. I’m sure I’ll have more pictures later as my brother posts them to his Flickr page.
Congratulations Erik and Nan! Your lives have changed for the the better! Happy Father’s Day!
Thanks to Sonya for the new header image above!