Heather's Birthday 2019

Heather came home from school to find her bedroom door had been "locked." But she had to wait for me to get home from work before she could follow the clues to open the door. (Meanwhile a plumber worked on clearing our clogged drain line, so there was plenty of entertainment in the interim.)

She followed a series of "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me" style "Listener Limerick Challenges" to find each new clue and solve a math problem to get the correct digit for the lock combination.

Inside she discovered her new loft bed, which she is ecstatic about.

We opened some more presents and then off to a late dinner at the Ale House.

After dinner, we had the Andes Chocolate Mint cake that Jess made:

And then her first night in her new bed.

Kyle's Birthday 2019

On my birthday we went on a family adventure to Japantown in San Francisco. I had a goal of finding a bamboo fountain (a shishi-odoshi fountain). I was unsuccessful in that goal, but I did find some neat ceramic dishes and a sake set because I think it looks neat.

Our adventure in to the city just about did us in. But did go out to dinner and then get back home for cake.

Corinne's Birthday 2019!

Corinne's birthday fell on a Sunday this year, so we got to pack in a full day of celebrations. We started by opening presents.

Then we drove up to Walnut Creek for birthday lunch and ice-cream at the San Francisco Creamery (clearly not located in San Francisco). Then it was off to Tilden Regional Park to ride the steam trains and the carousel. Corinne wanted me to ride in the spinny seat with her the first ride so I needed an inner-ear break for the second ride.

After the park it was time to get the exhausted kids back home for cake and bed.

She's a happy little girl. She's been in preschool this year, 2 days a week for a couple hours each day. She has swim class on Mondays. And gymnastics on Wednesdays.