Friday, May 25, 2012

Vaca Day 1

B and I went on a little vacation a few weeks ago.  We went with friends to San Francisco and Napa. We had such a great time!  We actually did this exact trip for our first anniversary almost five years ago!  I am so bad at documenting trips.  This isn't a good thing since my memory is terrible!  I actually realized how bad it was on this trip because almost every place we went I realized I had been there five years ago but just didn't remember it!  I decided to try to document every second of this trip so the next time I go back I will know where to go and what to do!  I hope this helps you if you are planning a trip to wine country! 

I am obsessed with American Airlines points.  I put every single thing on my credit card so I can get more points.  It's really pretty silly because I never use them!  This trip I finally got to cash them in!  The flights were almost impossible to book though!  I booked several months in advance too.  I finally found a flight out of Little Rock at 6am but it was first class.  I hated to use all those points but I thought I might as well splurge!  It's not like we take a lot of vacations!  So B and I drove to LR Tuesday night so we would be ready for our 6am flight on Wednesday. We stayed at a hotel by the airport that was pretty gross.  I got exactly an hour and a half of sleep!  Not the best way to start the trip.  I think I was so excited that my lack of sleep didn't even bother me!   

I also forgot my makeup bag in Fayetteville.  B wouldn't let me turn around and get it.  Thank goodness Karrie was able to pick it up and bring it to me in Dallas.  I kept my sunglasses on for the first flight so I wouldn't scare anyone!  Oh and please note the photo bomber in our picture!  He was probably thinking, "What are those kids doing in first class?"  

Well Mr, this is what we were doing!  We took full advantage of the reclining seats and free drinks! 

and the view...

and I also took advantage of the peace and quiet!  I read two magazines and a book!  I love reading and that is one of the things I was most excited about! Free time to read without having to stop to change a diaper! 

Post makeup bag pick-up!

 We were all in SF by 10am! We dropped our bags off at the hotel and the girls went to have lunch and shop and the boys headed to a baseball game in Oakland!  We all wanted to try The Slanted Door but we knew we needed to try it without the boys.  So we went to lunch at Out The Door which is owned by the same people and was in the neighborhood we were shopping in!  It was very good! 

I honestly can't even remember what we ordered! We ordered a lot of food to share!  Spring rolls, a shrimp and noodle dish, and maybe lemon chicken?  It was all very different but very good! 

While we were eating, drinking, and shopping the boys were at the game!  They apparently had great seats!  It looks like they were practically in the dugout with the team! 

Bethany and I took a shopping break to catch up on some reading! 

After shopping around Fillmore street we decided to go back to Union square and shop around that area.  Our cab driver took us on the scenic route so we could see Lombard street.  It was pretty neat!  I can't imagine living on it though! 

After a haul at H&M we went back to our hotel to get ready for dinner.  We stayed at the Clift hotel.  It's a pretty neat hotel in a great location.  The rooms were a little on the small side but the last time I stayed there my room was big!  

 The Lobby

The exterior of the hotel

The girls before dinner!

The concierge recommended this restaurant and we really liked it! The atmosphere was great.  The service was a little so so but they gave us a few rounds of drinks to make up for it! 

I obviously didn't take these pictures! 
This is the interior of the restaurant

This is the lounge area downstairs where we had drinks and appetizers before dinner.  The soft pretzels were delish! 

The bar/lounge area downstairs

They had a drink called a "Little Ava"! I wanted to order it but it had raw egg in it and I just couldn't get over that! ha 

So I went for something sparkly and egg free instead!

We had lots of time for pictures while we waited on our table!  I think our reservation was at 8pm and we finally sat down at 9:30!  Keep in mind I had an hour and a half of sleep the night before! 

The boys in their plaid.  Every single shirt B brought on this trip was plaid! Maybe it's an Arkansas thing!

I took pictures of the food and now I can't remember what I even ordered.  I know I ordered mushroom soup because the waiter dropped it on our table and it exploded everywhere!  I think I ordered gnocchi too.  Maybe that's what this picture is.... 

Once again, no clue what this was...Maybe Karrie's food? ha I guess if I'm going to document a trip I should do a better job of taking notes! I think B ordered salmon and liked it.  

Even though we had to wait forever to eat and they basically threw mushroom soup on our table the restaurant was very neat and the food was good.  I would definitely give it another try! 

Just B being goofy in the lobby of the hotel! 

I've been to San Francisco twice and both times it was for less than 24 hours.  Maybe next time I can stay a little longer and do a little more exploring!  It's a neat city.  

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