A Tale of Two Cities
|A "spice store"...I'm thinking this would be absolutely fabulous on a smaller scale in my kitchen.|
|The many vineyards in Sonoma Valley|
We enjoyed a leisurely pace each day I was there--unless you don't consider running a race leisurely. We participated in a fundraiser 6K run in Napa on one of the days. Initially we had thought about running a half-marathon together. I think we both were in agreement that 3.8 miles was so much better!!
We strolled through boutiques, browsed unique and unusual stores, walked through parks, watched a couple of chick flicks, treated ourselves to post-race pedicures,
|I love this picture of Alexis and Val.|
Did I mention that we both enjoy food--making it and eating it? One might think that I am a food blogger or something...trying to get just the perfect snapshot of a...Runza? Since there are no Runzas in California and I
That was easy! We indulged in pastries and of course coffee and took advantage of not having to appease any other palates and created spreads that each of us thoroughly enjoyed.
See those amazingly delicious fresh figs??? Not dried like we get them here mind you....FRESH! Mmmm. We even cleaned out the refridgerator to create a fabulous frittata with brussel sprouts, potatoes, lettuce and two kinds of cheese.
My last night there, we spent in the city.
SanFrancisco is a city full of beauty, diversity, culture.
In the five days that I was there, we were able to catch up without the pull of needing to be somewhere or do something. The weather was amazing. I'm still a little jet-lagged considering the time difference and the fact that we stayed up a little later and slept a little longer makes recovery a little slower, but it's definitely a small price to pay! My time was 100% enjoyable and the icing on the cake is that when I arrived home, my husband was quick to encourage the idea of making this special girl time be an annual thing. He did a fantastic job being a single stay-at-home parent while I was gone, but I think he was eager to get back to work and rest! :)
She and Cash gave me a tour of their home and neighborhood as well as where he works and even to their new favorite hangout.
"Denver in an Hour". (As it turned out, we would've had longer because my flight was delayed two hours, but that didn't happen until I was already back at DIA!) I was tickled to go have ice cream with them, because this place apparently serves some pretty interesting flavors, and that is right up my alley you know.
I tried to make conversation with them by asking silly little questions like "Do they serve pickles with their ice cream?" and such, but the conversation didn't seem to go anywhere. Imagine my joy when I noticed that there was a cup full of pink and blue spoons for patrons to eat their ice cream with. They made for the most perfect props to share our latest news with them! **wink, wink** :)
I truly couldn't have asked for a better little sibling sebatacle than this...seeing both my amazing sister and my fabulous brother and his equally fabulous wife...all with the gift of hospitality! We get to spend Christmas together again this year and I can hardly wait! I'm thankful that I have such wonderful siblings--family! Thanks Alexis for taking time away from work, opening up your home, driving me all over the place, running with me and making me feel very special and truly loved! And thanks Cash and Annie for an abbreviated and swift tour! It was truly a treat! And thanks Tim for allowing all of it to happen!!!