Corinne's 2nd Birthday!

Corinne turned 2 yesterday.  The night before, she decided sleep was for the weak and stayed up 4 hours past her bedtime.  She was happy as could be, but she needed to be asleep.  The consequences were felt the next day.

Also, being St. Patrick's Day, Heather had special activities at school and was totally worn out by the time she got home.  (She did not manage to catch any leprechauns either at home or at school.)

Corinne doesn't seem to have a favorite food other than grabbers, so we tried Chick-fil-A for dinner.  She wasn't interested in any of the food.  She did have fun wandering around the restaurant though.

So then it was home for presents and cake.  She very much enjoyed opening presents.

(FYI: If you know kids that like My Little Pony Friendship is Magic, seasons 1-3 are only $12 each on Amazon; which is not only reasonable, but a good price, especially for a kids' show where the norm seems to be to gouge.)

But things went downhill when we started singing Happy Birthday.

And Heather was saddened by the whole thing too:

Corinne's been sick on and off since Christmas.  This week she got her third ear-infection diagnosis in that time frame.  Hopefully her future birthdays are a little healthier and more enjoyable.

A Hike up Brushy Peak

I went for a hike at Brushy Peak Regional Preserve today.  Water is still just coming out of the hills and turning trails into mud, but it was only a few places that were really bad.  I made it about 3.5 miles before I couldn't keep my feet dry anymore.  Luckily, I only had another half mile to go so I didn't end up with massive blisters.  But my shoes were covered with mud.

The path runs through cattle grazing land up in the hills above Livermore.  I started taking pictures of the cows.  They became quite interested in me and started forming a circle around me.  I was getting a little concerned, but they shooed away when I got up to leave.

Several times I came across a few cows just hanging out on the path daring you to approach them.

I started on the West Loop Trail and then transferred to the Brushy Peak Trail where I found a copse of trees growing around the stream as it tumbled down the hill.  So I took a rest and then pulled out my tripod to take some more "smooth" water pictures.

Once I packed up and got moving again I reached the highest part of the path (it doesn't actually go to the peak as far as I could tell).  Some nice views of Livermore from up in the hills, especially while everything is still green.

Then it was down again and through the mud to get back to the parking lot.  I hiked a little over 4 miles and it took me about 4 hours.  I wasn't intending to hike that far or be out that long, but there weren't a lot of options for trails and hiking a trail and then just turning around is lame.  My legs are going to be sore tomorrow though.  Surprisingly I don't seem to have a sunburn.