Exactly a month later on Mark’s and my fifth wedding anniversary, we hit the beach again this time to the north instead of south. Before leaving the house I actually got Julia to wear a dress! It involved receiving a bribe of a Cookie Monster cookie after she put it on and another in the car if she kept it on. (The first time I tried cookies as a bribe she immediately wanted the dress off as soon as she received the cookie so I’ve learned from that mistake.)
First stop was Park Chow
in San Francisco’s Inner Sunset. James and Julia were excited to
(slowly) walk up the stairs to the heat-lamped covered balcony, creating
a line of traffic behind them. A woman sitting nearby with an interest
in twins was charmed by ours and gave us four free Oakland
Mommy walks with James and Julia in San Francisco’s Inner Sunset.
Waiting for a table at Park Chow
James puts on a Halloween mask. Oh wait, that’s his actual face.
James pulls Julia out of his hat.
“Seriously, Mom, don’t you have enough pictures already?”
we snaked along the Marin County coast to Stinson Beach, and James and
Julia napped on the way just like I planned. It was a chillier beach and
some people were in long sleeves - you could definitely tell we were
north of San Francisco! The twins, particularly James, enjoyed viewing a
game of beach volleyball having just watched that on TV during the
Olympics. They liked playing in the sand, and James discovered the joys
of hiding his feet under it. The twins and I were particularly struck by
how cold the sand was in the shade on the walk back to the car.
We arrive at Stinson Beach.
Daddy gets comfortable.
only did I get Julia in a dress I somehow managed to get her in
pigtails too, which got sloppier and more uneven throughout the day.
However, I dared not touch them for fear she’d remember they were there
and want me to take them out.
James sets up a shell game to con other toddlers.
Julia and James try to catch Daddy.
James suddenly wants a hug.
And then after the hug break more trying to catch Daddy.
Mommy’s going to get James.
“I’m going to get Julia!”
Mommy, James, and Julia stand in the cool sand.
Then for dinner we stayed on San Francisco’s west side again and ate at Mandalay,
a Burmese restaurant in the Inner Richmond, for the first time. With
James wearing his red hat and Elmo overalls, one of the patrons tells
him he looks like Super Mario. The twins loved the tea leaf salad and
broken samusa soup.
James and his other twin, Super Mario
James eats Mommy’s food at Mandalay.
Stinson Beach jaunt was a longer drive than expected and it resulted in
us arriving home 1 ½ hours later than they usually go to bed. Unlike
our return from Santa Cruz where a roused-from-sleep James had a major
meltdown upon arrival, this time they were still out when we carried
them in. It was the first time we’d ever brought them in when they were
overtired and they just wanted to be put in bed.
Asleep in the car holding Doggy and Bunny