san francisco

i have been to san francisco twice. once was the summer after my sophomore year in high school traveled to paradise, california with my grandparents to visit my aunt, uncle and cousins in paradise, california. we went to san francisco for the weekend, which was fun. we did a lot of the touristy things, and also saw where my grandpa grew up and visited the grave and urn of his parents.

a year later, i went back to san francisco with my high school classmates for our senior class trip. we went in march, so the weather was nice, and that was definitely the best spring trip i’ve ever been on. we had so much fun. there are so many things to do in san francisco. we were divided into groups, and when we were out in the city we were supposed to be with the adult assigned to our group. my group had one of our class sponsors, and i remember he walked so fast, we had to run through the streets to keep up with him.

one of my best memories of the trip was the night we arrived. we were on two different flights, and when my flight got in we were starving. by the time we got to our hotel, it was pouring, but me, my friend penny and some of the guys in our class went wandering around the area in the pouring rain to find food. we found a chinese place and had a blast.

while we were there, the movie “the wedding planner” was being filmed, and we saw streets blocked off for the taping. several of the girls in my class were at one spot when a scene was being filmed and got to meet matthew mcconaughy. they got his autograph, and he kept the butterfly pen one of my classmates gave him to write with. they talked about that for the rest of the trip, and i was so bummed i wasn’t with them. that would have been so awesome.

i can’t wait to go back to san francisco. i went on my class trip to a giants game at candlestick park, but joe and i want to go to the giants’ new stadium. we want to plan a california trip to hit as many of the west coast stadiums as we can, such as oakland, la and san diego. while we’re out there, i want to make sure we do the touristy-thing. there are sight-seeing tours offered by trusted tours and attractions that could be fun. that company also offers san diego zoo tickets. when we do make it to san diego for a padres game, whether it’s during the san francisco trip or not, i really want to go to the san diego zoo. it’s pretty well-known. i’m at least signing up for their newsletter. if you do, you get a chance to win a handheld gps system, which i would love since i tend to get lost. 🙂

the reunion

despite my reservations, i had a lot of fun at our 10-year high school reunion. sure, the girls who were snobby back then were still snobby, but as joe pointed out, they hung out with the people they did in high school just as i spent the day with my high school friends. i really hadn’t thought about it that way, but it really made sense.

after the church service in the academy’s auditorium, we had a potluck lunch in the gym during which the honor classes had their pictures taken. i was surprised at how few of my classmates attended this year’s alumni weekend. we all wore our photo name tags, but we all look the same has we did back then.

class reunion-class picture 2

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baseball and friends

our tickets for the braves home opener arrived today! ripping open the envelope and seeing the tickets made me *so* excited for the 31st. i cannot wait for the start of baseball season to arrive.

speaking of baseball, we have booked our trip for july. we’re going to new york to catch a game mets game during their final season at shea stadium. we’re staying at the holiday inn laguardia airport, which is fabulous because it’s only a 10 minute walk to shea stadium. it’s also a 10 minute walk to the subway, which will make it easy for us to get into the city on sunday and do some more sight-seeing. and, as an added bonus, we found out our friends tim and mindy were planning their trip for the same weekend, so we got tickets together for the game. they’re also staying at an airport hotel, so we’ll be able to hang out for the weekend, which will be *so* much fun! i cannot wait until our trip. the only thing that could make it better now is if johan santana is pitching.

weekend wedding

the wedding we attended on saturday was very nice. the bride had her husband-to-be’s twin daughters as their only attendants, which i thought was nice. the girls were really cute, and when shawn and aimee lit the unity candle, they had the girls hold hands with them. it was really sweet. when aimee walked down the aisle she was bawling. she was crying so loud you could hear her over the music, but i thought it was sweet. i cried at my own wedding, and i always think it’s cute when brides do that.

after the wedding, we headed upstairs for the reception. it was a nice, simple reception, which really fits the couple’s personalities.

i thought the wedding cake was really pretty.
wedding cake

you can really see the height difference between the bride and groom. shawn had to crouch for the toast. it was really funny.

wedding 9

wedding 7

i thought aimee’s dress was really pretty. i loved the top and how it was different from the skirt.

wedding 1

sigh. i love weddings.

summer vacation

joe and i have been thinking a lot lately about our summer vacation. we go to san francisco where i have a lot of family and where we can see the giants and a’s play.

we could also go to maryland, where i am from, to see the orioles and nationals. we’d also get a chance to visit my family and friends up there, and i’d be able to show joe where i grew up. it would also be fun because it will be the first season the nationals will be in their new stadium.

other options we’ve been throwing around going to florida to see the marlins and devil rays, and going back to new york to see a mets game during their final season at shea stadium. that just seems so historic to me.

but, our decision has been made for us. joe’s best friend is getting married on sept. 20 near cleveland, ohio, and last night asked joe to be his best man. so, we will be heading up there and taking in an indians game the day after the wedding.

the question now is, do we make it a quick trip by flying up friday morning and coming back sunday night, or do we make it our summer vacation and spend extra time there, since it is the home of the nfl hall of fame and the rock and roll hall of fame. if we make it a quick trip, we might be able to fit in another trip earlier in the summer. i’d love to do a weekend trip to new york and catch a game at shea. i’d be really sad if we never were able to go there. what do you guys think?

new auntie

go congratulate lisa! her sister, laura, gave birth to her daughter last night after 29.5 hours of labor. i cannot even imagine being in labor that long (not that i have anything to compare it to)! that is going to be one spoiled little girl!