Family vacations... I thought I was going to go crazy at one point in the planning of our large family outing. As with all good things, they take a LOT of work. But, I will be the first to say it was all worth it.
We had a great trip to San Francisco. It especially helped that our family friends (Marianne, Juli, and Kevin) came along. Is it not every young family's dream to have travel buddies who are fun, easy going, positive, witty, and dare I mention it- helpful with the kids?! They were AWESOME. Max is in love with Juli and Marianne (as are we!), so anytime I needed him to cheer up, I only needed mention their names. The problem with enjoying their company so much is that now we miss them a lot.
I feel lucky to have a family this cool. Instead of a long travel log, I'm just going to post some pics and a short list of do's and dont's in San Fran...
DO: Use a GPS
DON'T: Turn right on a one-way street when it tells you to
(especially when it is monitored by a photo cop!)
DO: Go to the Redwoods
DON'T: Expect N. Californians to not stare at a 3 year old having a tantrum in the woods (they don't have children there... they just don't don't get it. They look at a child screaming as if it belongs in the circus.)
DO: Take a dining cruise around Alcatraz
DON'T: Go to Fisherman's Wharf on a Sat. (unless you enjoy not being able to move from the throngs of people surrounding you... try getting a double stroller through this!)
DO: Eat donuts daily
DON'T: Swallow a wasp
DO: Carry LOTS of cash
DON'T: Come up with only $3.95 for a $4 bridge toll
DO: Visit the Exploratorium (mind blowing!)
DON'T: Visit Ripley's Believe it or Not (mind numbing!)