San Francisco {complete with photo overload}

Really I should have titled this "because sometimes a few pictures just isn't enough". Don't say I didn't warn you! But pictures really do such a good job of telling a story…and I'll just fill in the blanks. 

^^ Staring at flowers. I told you she was obsessed!  

^^ Despite the look on Connor's face, I promise he wasn't being tortured! 

^^ She needed to hug her horse goodbye. I tell you, flowers and carousels are this girl's jam. 

^^ When you have a bunch of strangers trying to get you to smile, this is what happens!  

^^ All of us squeezing in for a picture on the cable car…but really, this is how we sat, completely squeezed together with strangers pretty much touching us from all sides. 

^^ Then we rode the street car and pretty much had the place to ourselves. And Connor was much more excited about the cheap street car versus the over priced cable car ride. 

Ian had to be in San Francisco for work for a couple days, so the kids and I tagged along for a bit of the trip. We started our adventure out in Golden Gate Park, which neither Ian or I had ever been to. I laughed saying when I used to go to San Francisco all the time as a teenager, I was more concerned about hanging out at Haight-Ashbury with my friends than being in the huge, amazing park that was just across the street.

Golden Gate Park is seriously amazing. It is 2.5 miles long. It's crazy. We walked part of it and drove around the whole thing. We walked around for a while, grabbing lunch at one of the street vendors. Then, we checked out the flowers at the windmills. Lastly, we hit up the children's playground which is nothing short of amazing. There is a carousel from 1914 that we rode. Then the playground itself is huge. After the kids played for close to an hour, I forced Connor to go down the cement slide that is in the hill in the playground. He didn't want to do it because he didn't want to stop playing. But I forced him. I told him to grab a piece of cardboard and go for it. Both kids did it several times. When it was time to leave, Connor cried all the way to the car because "I had too much fun!" He told me I should have never shown him the slide if I was just going to make him leave. So dramatic. But it also shows just how cool this playground is.

Next we went and checked into our hotel, which was right by Union Square. It was only a block from where the cable car started. So, we decided to ride it down to Fisherman's Wharf and grab dinner. I thought Connor would be so excited about the cable car. The first thing he said was that he wanted to sit inside and not outside, so we did. Isla was more excited about it than Connor. The only time he really got excited was when we were going down the hill and could see the ocean. After dinner, our plan was to take the cable car back, but Connor really wanted to ride a street car (basically a little train). I checked and it went right by our hotel, so we hopped on one, at a fraction of the price of the cable car. It was practically empty and the kids, especially Connor, were so excited to be on it…kids just prove over and over in life that it's the little things that matter!

We then headed back to the hotel room and got the kids in bed. The next day I took the kids to the Exploratorium before heading home. It was fun having a family day exploring San Francisco, doing things we don't normally do when we go over there.

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  1. Love!! :) looks like you all enjoyed it! Always adore Isla's love for flowers ♡

  2. omg - all these pictures are amazing. those flowers in the first few are breath taking!


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