Sleepy tiger + discount to the Oakland Zoo

During our Christmas Eve visit to the zoo, we mostly ran around and played, but we did check out a few animals along the way.  We enjoyed watching this beautiful tiger napping (and waking up) in the warm afternoon sunshine. For anyone in the Bay Area who may be interested, I noticed this morning that Groupon is offering a 50% off membership deal to the … Continue reading Sleepy tiger + discount to the Oakland Zoo

Burning holiday energy…

Oh, my, is my five-year-old excited about Christmas tomorrow.  He can’t sit still, and he’s been acting super whacky.  It’s been raining and cold here in the Bay Area for days, and our outdoor adventures have been limited this past week because I’ve been sick (I still have a horrible cough).  Between his cabin fever and the anticipation of Santa visiting tonight, my child is … Continue reading Burning holiday energy…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Surprise

I’ve had two amazing surprises within the past week that, unfortunately, I wasn’t able to capture with my camera.  Both were visitors to our backyard. The first was… a fox!  He visited Thursday morning at 10:00am, and he it stayed for about five minutes, giving me a lot of time to watch what it was up to.  When it first caught my attention, walking along … Continue reading Weekly Photo Challenge: Surprise

The Bench, East Shore Trail, Lake Chabot

When our son was a baby, my husband and I walked a lot at Lake Chabot in Castro Valley.  Each side of the lake has a 1.5 mile paved trail (the West Shore and East Shore trails), perfect for walking with a stroller.  When we would walk the East Shore Trail, almost every time, our son became fussy on the return portion of the path, … Continue reading The Bench, East Shore Trail, Lake Chabot

Fun! Magic Mountain Playground, San Mateo

I have to rate this playground one the best in the entire San Francisco Bay Area.  We’ve been here a few times over the years, and it’s always so much fun.  If you have a kid who’s into knights, princesses, dragons, and/or castles, this park is a must-visit.  The three-story slide is a highlight! Interested in going?  Magic Mountain Playground is located within the Coyote … Continue reading Fun! Magic Mountain Playground, San Mateo

O Tannenbaum, O Tannenbaum…

Our holiday activity yesterday was all about the Christmas tree.  A tradition we started a few years ago is to go to the Castro Valley Christmas Tree Farm to cut down our tree for the season.  Happily, unlike the last two years, which were rainy, muddy events, the weather yesterday was gorgeous. The hunt for the perfect tree is a huge part of the fun.  … Continue reading O Tannenbaum, O Tannenbaum…

Christmas at Ardenwood

This morning we attended another wonderful seasonal event at Ardenwood Historic Farm in Fremont…. “Christmas at Ardenwood”.  We had a great time, even though it was raining – perhaps even more because of the wet weather.  I was frightened this would be a crowded event, as festivals here usually are.  I was pleasantly surprised that there were only ten cars in the parking lot when … Continue reading Christmas at Ardenwood