Saturday, July 12, 2014

Florida or Bust - Oaklanders

By Day 7 of our cross-country excursion, we arrived in Oakland just in time to spend 2.5 relaxing days with family - my Aunt Trisha, Uncle Eric and cousins Erin & Emily. 
What a tremendous treat this was because the last time we had seen them was over Easter Break two years ago.
There was lots of coloring each morning as well as reading, tickling and giggling for sure with all of these cousins.

We even got to spend an afternoon & evening visiting our Sullivan clan with my Aunt Jackie, Uncle Tom & cousin, Kristen. There is no doubt that they were spoiled and loved catching up since the last time we were here over that same Springtime trip over Easter. 

I absolutely adore my cousin, Kristen.
I so wish that distance was not a factor because I'm certain the two of us could sit and drink afternoon coffees each & everyday together while laughing as we told stories.  
 One of the days Brian and I enjoyed an all day date as we explored downtown San Francisco...without kids!
World Famous Irish Coffees at The Buena Vista & breakfast when we first arrived.
The Golden Gate Bridge

Unbelievable crab and chowder lunch at Pier 23 (which just happens to be a yummy little joint we saw featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.  It did not disappoint in the least!

 Meanwhile, the kiddos, Erin, Emily & Aunt Trisha had their own adventure...

 We even finished off the afternoon all meeting up on Lake Merritt for sailing lessons with Uncle Eric and paddle boating with Aunt Trisha!

 Words can not possibly say how grateful I am that we got to spend time with family - both the Fieberlings and the Sullivans.  But this was a hard group to say goodbye to knowing what a great time with had just to be with them.
I'm already looking forward to our next trip out to the Bay Area for more time with everyone.

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