adventure

CHINA TOWN.

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despite living in the city for over three years, i never really took the time to explore china town of san francisco.  however, on our quest to keep our cast-ridden boy happy, we thought we would take an hour or two to walk through this unique part of the city and see what we could find.  we parked in one of the garages and headed out on the streets with no real agenda in mind.  we didn't arrive until the early evening so a lot of the food shops were closing down, and although we were initially disappointed, we found it to be perfect timing as we were able to watch the shop owners shovel ice from the window fronts and cart fish, mussels, and other unsold items from the day through the streets.  we bought a sesame seed cookie that holden devoured within a few minutes and a box of poppers that we tossed into the street while holden shouted "pop!" and scared a few tourists passing by.  the lanterns hanging across the streets, lucky cats in every window, and secret alleys around every corner completely captivated holden and we found ourselves wondering why we had never taken the time to explore china town before this evening adventure.  

AQUATIC PARK.

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there are so many places to explore in san francisco that you could spend two weeks in the city and still not discover all there that it has to offer.  with holden's cast, it's easiest to spend our hours in places that have a lot to see and so we have been spending our afternoons in various parts of the city to keep him entertained.  on this day last week we decided to spend the late afternoon and evening hours (right after our ice cream adventure) at aquatic park.  we happened to pick a particularly warm day in the city to picnic and draw by the water, the highlight being holden getting to watch a crab climb up and down the wall before jumping with a big splash into the water (it's the little things, right?).  we perused the street vendors, saw some (crazy) swimmers swim back and forth across the bay, watched the trolleys roll up and down the hill (holden refused to actually jump aboard one preferring to watch from a distance instead), and didn't do anything particularly exciting, but it was a completely free and fun evening as a family.  sometimes the best thing about city life is the fact that you can do nothing in particular and yet it can still result in hours of free entertainment.

WE ALL SCREAM FOR ICE CREAM.

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mama is wearing:  h&m blazer, w118 by walter baker top & skirt, charlotte russe wedges

little man is wearing:  baby gap blazer, h&m button-up, crewcuts shorts

last week, during a particularly warm afternoon by the bay, holden experienced his very first ice cream cone.  he has had a taste of ice cream here and there, but never seemed that interested - he wouldn't ask for more and it didn't seem like it was anything special to him (now fruit popsicles are a completely different story!)  however, this time was different.  the three of us shared one vanilla and one chocolate ice cream cone, expecting that he would take a bite and then let us consume the rest, but i never did get my cone back.  his eyes were so wide and he was so serious the entire time, repeating mmmmm, ice cream, cone, mmmmm.  it seems as though he may have changed his mind on ice cream.