This weekend Big and I headed to San Francisco for our 2nd Annual Mommy and Me Slumber Party. In 24 hours we went to the Exploratorium, enjoyed a sundae in Ghiradelli Square, gawked at the cable cars and ice skaters by our hotel in Union Square (Big wasn’t up for trying either…yet), had a picnic dinner (and breakfast) in our hotel room, watched a movie in our cozy bed, drove down and walked up, up, up a hill to Lombard Street and walked around Pier 39. We had a great time together and, as always, I walked away learning a few things…
Lesson #1: While I really loved seeing one of the world’s greatest cities (in outrageously gorgeous weather) through Big’s eyes, nothing could beat the feeling of his little hand reaching for mine along the way.
Lesson #2: What’s so great about SF? Elevators. Sirens and cable car bells. Driving down steep hills. Watching bugs eat decomposing rats (Big’s favorite exhibit at the Exploratorium). When your TV doesn’t work, someone comes right up to fix it. If you make a wrong turn, you get to see things you hadn’t planned on…like the Golden Gate Bridge. You burn off your sundae (and room service and movie candy) calories by walking up and down all those hills. Revolving doors (well, they’re great until you get your hand caught in one, then the guy who gets you unstuck is the great part).
Lesson #3: I love that Big is still at an age where the pattern on the carpet of the hotel floor was far more interesting to him than the seductive pictures and “Panty Raid” signs hanging in the hotel’s Victoria’s Secret windows.
Lesson #4: Blackout curtains are no match for my little alarm clock. At 5am, I couldn’t seem to find Big’s snooze button.
Lesson #5: While adventures are certainly exciting, when there are people you love waiting for you, there’s no place like home.
What did you discover this beautiful fall weekend? Whatever it was, I hope it was memorable!