The Bay Area is an oasis of wonderful places for kids to see and experience. Surprisingly, grown ups will enjoy these places just as much as the kids. This summer is the perfect opportunity to do some fun family sight seeing and exploring. For some of us, with guest visiting from out of town, it is a great time to check out the Bay Area and beyond.
Here are quite a few of our favorites that we have visited and totally love.
My family’s move to Palo Alto has continued to be fruitful. Today we will be at Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital for a routine cardiac ablation.
Our older son was on the wait-list at the pediatric cardiology department at Stanford for a very short while. When we found out that there was a cancellation, we scheduled and he will have heart surgery today. For me this is not a moment of sadness or sorrow, it is a decision that my husband and I have come to after consulting with four cardiologists over a period of 6 years. Each one advising that surgery is the better option for my son’s arrhythmia. Continue reading
There is no doubt that ice cream is one of the most famous and loved frozen treats everywhere around the globe, definitely not just in Palo Alto. With summer slowly sneaking in and hot weather teasing us each day a little more, ice cream has it in its power not only to refresh people, but also to make them genuinely happy! From the classical vanilla flavor to unexpected combinations such as celery, raisins, and peanut butter, there is something available for all tastes! If you wish to treat your kids to something special this summer – and, let’s be honest, parents will love it too!- the following 8 best ice cream shops in Palo Alto are definitely worth a visit…or more. Continue reading
One of the biggest stresses parents face these days is finding the time to do it all. You want to spend quality time with your kids, yet you also have to juggle work, keeping the house clean and still try and make time for yourself. It’s a tough balance, but luckily there are some great websites out there to help.
Last Mother’s Day, which was extremely poignant for me because it was the first Mother’s Day since my mother had passed, my husband arranged for me to spend the weekend in Yountville, Napa Valley Area. He felt that I needed some time to relax, reflect and cry. The meaning of Mother’s Day changed for me last year.
This year, even if I had insisted on spending Mother’s Day at some swanky hotel, touring wineries, being in total solitude and sobbing that Mother’s Day will never be the same again, my kids would not have let me. My 10 year old son and 7 year old daughter have a vested interest in how I spend Mother’s Day – and they wanted to enjoy it with me. How could I have it any other way? They had planned the entire day with their dad’s help and, after all, I should be celebrating with them as they single-handedly made me a mother.Continue reading
This past Sunday was an amazing moment for our family. Our daughter made her First Communion. After many months of Catechism classes, preparation and anticipation of this special occasion, it finally arrived and what a wonderful day it was. Continue reading
Every time a celebration rolls around I think it should always be an excuse for a party. I have hosted quite a few birthday parties for my children, as well as parties for the grown-ups, including 9 milestone birthday parties, baby and bridal showers. That’s quite a number of parties under my sleeve, and I wholeheartedly enjoy the experience. To me making someone happy and seeing a smile on their face brings me the most joy. I get so much of a high out of throwing parties for others. I prefer to be on the giving end than the receiving end.