Mar 30, 2010

Another Youngest Funny...

This morning, Youngest told me how he'd shared his vacation adventures with his classmates in school yesterday.  Once again, he said Fransincisco instead of San Francisco.  :)

Me: You mean San Francisco, right?
Youngest: Yeah, San Francisco.  Because they have a lot of sand.

I nearly choked on my breakfast.  :)

Mar 29, 2010

San Francisco

Over spring break this year, we went to San Francisco.  My husband has been there before, and has friends living there so he was pretty familiar with the city.  I'd been there once for a conference, and had, like, half a day to see the city.  So, basically, I hadn't seen anything. 
The boys knew of San Francisco because of a book in the Magic Tree House series (big surprise) called Earthquake in the Early Morning.  It's about the big earthquake that hit San Francisco and caused a fire the destroyed most of the city.  Fortunately, the boys forgot about the earthquake and fire disaster, and were just excited to be going to a place where Jack and Annie had gone.  In fact, Oldest wanted to start packing two weeks before we were supposed to leave.  :)
Our first day there, we just walked around a bit.  The hills are amazing, and the boys were fascinated with how such steep hills could be in a city (Chicago is flatter than a pancake).  They quickly got used to that, though, and moved on to oggling the cable cars.  We rode our first cable car on the second day of the trip, which the boys thought was cooler than cool.  :)
We took a helicopter tour over the city, which blew everyone's minds away!  Seeing the city from so high up was just plain amazing, and DH got some great pictures.  We saw the downtown skyline with the bay bridge in the background, Candlestick Park baseball field, Golden Gate Park, the 'crooked' part of Lombard street, and a bunch of other stuff.

We ate some really, really good food, too.  My absolute favorite was breakfast at Dotties True Blue cafe, this tiny place with maybe ten tables and a line stretching down the block.  And, I had the best sushi I've ever tasted at Sebo, which Anthony Bourdain has visited and raved about.  The chef was preparing sushi where everyone could see, and Youngest loved watching him.  Before long, he was asking the chef questions about what he was doing, and what kinds of fish he was preparing.  The chef got a big kick out of it, and even offered him a piece of blue-fin tuna.  And Youngest tried it!  He didn't like it, but that didn't stop him from watching, and asking even more questions.  He was sad when it was time to leave.

Of course, we saw the Golden Gate bridge.  A few times.  And we spent an afternoon at the beach, staring right at it.  It was too cold to go in the water, but the boys kept busy playing in the sand and hunting the beach for interesting rocks.  By the end of the day, they had a huge pile of them.  And, of course, they wanted to bring them all home.  I explained that the airplane wouldn't let them take so many rocks on board because they were too heavy, and they grumbled.  But then they picked out two rocks each, and that's what we brought home.

We took the ferry to Alcatraz, too.  The kids were excited about the boat ride, but once they saw the jail house they weren't so excited.  Oldest was particularly affected when he saw that the prisoners could only visit their families through a window, and couldn't give their moms hugs.  He immediately hugged me, and said he wanted to go.  :)  We walked around the island, and I was surprised at the amount of birds and vegetation that has taken over much of it. 
On our last day, we took a drive up the coast of California and visited Muir Woods, and then a lighthouse at Point Reyes.  The trees at Muir Woods were amazingly tall and beautiful, and I loved the clover that was growing everywhere.  We never got out to the lighthouse, though, because it was insanely windy out.  Youngest freaked out after we'd walked five feet, so he and I headed back to the car while Oldest and DH took the path to the lighthouse.  They made it halfway before Oldest got scared and wanted to turn back. 

We also visited the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park.  The kids didn't to go, but when we got there they didn't want to leave until they'd explored every square inch of the place.  We had tea in the tea house, too, which was super yummy. 

Overall, we had a great time.  We saw lots of cool stuff, but there was still much we didn't see, so I think we'll just have to go back sometime.  :)

Mar 24, 2010

More Funny Things Kids Say

We went on vacation to San Francisco last week (got back yesterday). The boys had a fantastic time seeing the cable cars, the Golden Gate bridge, and had a great time exploring the tasty food San Francisco has to offer (photos to come).

Youngest is actually very well spoken for a four-year-old. He's been speaking in full sentences since his second birthday. But there are times when something gets stuck in his head, and even if he repeats back the correct pronunciation, the old one comes back later. This happened a couple times during our trip.

The first day in San Francisco, we walked around Chinatown and the kids saw toy cable cars. They got excited, and Youngest turned to me and said
"Mommy, I like Fransincisco because they have cable cars."
I smiled. "You mean San Francisco?"
He nodded. "Yeah, Fransincisco. Can we go ride the cable car now?"

Later, walked to the end of a cable car line, and the drivers put it on a turntable to spin it around so they can go back in the other direction. The kids thought this was amazing, and Youngest pulled on my arm, pointing.
"Mommy, the cable car is on a turner-tainer!"
"You mean a turn table?"
"Yeah! Look! It's spinning!"

These two names are stuck in his head, and he is still talking about how the cable cars spin on the turner-tainer in Fransincisco. :)

Mar 5, 2010

The Self-Absorbed

So, yesterday I was in a fender-bender and spent a good chunk of my morning at the police station filing a report. And why? Because some girl in her twenties got impatient at traffic that was backed up due to a really bad accident. She pulled into empty parallel parking spaces, flew by twenty or so cars, and then attempted to cut back in line right in front of me. Except she misjudged the space and scraped her car along mine.

Then, she had the nerve to yell at me because she hit my car.

If someone understands this, then please explain because I don't get it.

And then there is a user on a book discussion board I go to sometimes. She trolls the boards and basically insults and attempts to squash anyone who doesn't agree with her. Um, hello? Why does the world have to bow to her opinion?

Again, I just don't get it.

When I see people like this, my first reaction is to say "What is wrong with people today?" But that's not a fair reaction. Yes, there are some people who are so obnoxiously self-absorbed that everyone around them suffers. But there are still lots of people who aren't. Like my friends, some of my family members, and plenty of you all out in the blogosphere.

So, I'm going to keep telling myself this and attempt to ignore those obvious few who are so loud that they seem like their number is twice as many.