Over the summer when I was sleep deprived and dreaming of the days when I could go on a little getaway without my kids, Elise and I hatched a plan to have a short twinner girls trip to San Francisco. Kevin was super supportive and his mom even came into town to help him out a bit, so last Thursday night Elise arrived and we headed off to have fun!
Thursday night we picked up Jessie and headed to Cream in Palo Alto for some ice cream sandwiches. This was my third visit but the cookies tasted way better this time than the previous two times. I think being able to sit down and enjoy them without little people begging for bites of mine or dripping ice cream everywhere made the experience a little sweeter.
Friday morning we woke up and hiked the Stanford dish with Jessie.
Then we got dressed & packed and headed up to SF for an afternoon of shopping and lunch and treats in the Marina. We ate lunch at A16, had treats at Susie Cakes, and then shopped till we dropped on Chestnut and over by Union Square and the Westfield Shopping Center.
I had a mini cupcake and part of a brownie. Both were delish!
After all that shopping, we checked into our hotel down by Fisherman's Wharf and had a quick dinner at Boudin before heading on a walk down for dessert at Ghirardelli.
Elise and I are big fans of walking and working out on vacation so that we can eat loads of our favorite foods and not go home 10 pounds heavier :)
On Saturday morning we met our favorite friend (and old roommate) Liz for a run across the Golden Gate Bridge. The run was about 6 miles (to the bridge, across, back, and back to our cars) and my rock star sister ran the whole way at 30 weeks pregnant. We loved catching up while we ran.
Afterwards we rewarded ourselves with another trip to Susie Cakes... this time for the whoopie pies that Liz had been raving about. Yum Yum!
After our run, we went back to the hotel to drop a few things off and rest for a sec and then we walked down to the Ferry Building for the Farmers Market. I had never been to the Ferry Building, so had a blast roaming around. We had lunch at Gotts and then trekked back to our hotel. It was a three mile walk round trip... so I made sure to use my Charity Miles app so that I was earning $$ for Parkinsons every time we were moving.
After the farmers market we went over to Lands End for a hike. The weather in SF was seriously gorgeous all weekend. I got a little carried away hiking since the weather was so pretty and we probably hiked another 4 miles up and down hills/stairs... glad I didn't put Elise into early labor!
We finally showered and relaxed a bit around 5pm and then headed to Indian Oven for dinner with Jessie. We hadn't been to Indian Oven in over 10 years... but it was just as good as I remembered it. MMMMMmmm! Kevin and I will need to go back there again soon.
We rounded out the night with a trip to The Ice Cream bar for dessert. It was adorable and our sundaes were delicious. I think I might make it a new goal to try out all of the ice cream places in SF.
The other highlight of the weekend was scoring a free bib for the Nike Womens 1/2 Marathon. We were chatting with a lady in line at Gotts. We were friendly and helpful and she offered Elise and I her bib for the 1/2 marathon because she wasn't going to be able to run after all. Elise wasn't sure her prego 30 week self was up for it... I am lazy and not in good enough shape... so we passed it off to Jessie who is in much better shape and she used it well!
I had to post these pics of Jessie because she is absolutely a running rock star and just cracks me up. Love having this adorable little sister as my friend. So proud of her for completing the 1/2 marathon!
I ended the girls weekend with an amazing 10 hour night of sleep... and then drove home this morning in time to see Andrew in the Ward Primary Program. So grateful for my super star husband for keeping the kids so happy all weekend and not destroying the house. :) Can't wait for our next girls trip!