I have not stopped since last Thursday when I went to BlogHer. On the same day that I returned home, I went back to the airport to pick up four cousins, who are visiting this week from Pennsylvania. Their ages are 16, 15, 12 and almost 11. It is their first time flying solo and in California, and all summer they’ve been counting down the months, weeks, days and hours until their arrival on Sunday. It’s cute.
And while the days are long, we’ve had a blast. In just two days, we have gone to the famous prison on Alcatraz Island — the audio tour is worth the trip! — Fisherman’s Wharf, a car trip throughout the entire city, the Golden Gate Bridge, the fort right after the bridge and Sausalito. We watched the San Francisco Giants-Pittsburgh Pirates game just outside the stadium last night as there were no more tickets. AT&T Park is stunning at night:
We also snuck in a quick trip to Emeryville to see the front of Pixar Studios and eat at one of my favorite restaurants, Rudy’s Can’t Fail Cafe. It is owned by one of the members of the band Green Day. Oh, and the kids tried Ethiopian food for the first time.
Today we plan to do a little back-to-school shopping. Later in the week, we will go to an amusement park and check out my hometown of Berkeley. Whew!
I grew up surrounded by extended family taking us everywhere over the summer. They were some of my fondest childhood memories. My parents would put us on a plane, and our paternal grandparents in Pennsylvania would be waiting on the other side. We would stay for the entire summer.
While my cousins will be with me for only six days, I am thrilled to share a little part of my childhood with my kids who are deliriously happy having a full house. And my cousins are great kids, shattering any preconceived notions I had of tweens and teens. They are open and independent, yet innocent at the same time. The girls, especially — they are 12 and almost 11 (next week) — get along great even though they are from two different sides of my family, and they look like they enjoy playing with Ari and Eli in the backyard. In the mornings they wake up early just to play outside. It has definitely taken the pressure off of me that I don’t feel like I have six kids in the house.
Unlike their big brothers, they girls also have a lot of energy. By the end of the day, the guys and I are ready for bed, and they are ready for a board game! Two nights ago we were cracking up playing Apples to Apples (the junior edition).
What’s been the highlight of your kids’ summer? Any good family-friendly places you recommend for visiting?