Tuesday, April 25, 2017

New Order Concert and Bay Area Exploring

It is so funny that we have not had any time to do anything in years that wasn't work related.  It just so happened that Yosemite camping (for spring break) happened to be last weekend and then the weekend after was the New Order concert that I surprised Mathew with for our anniversary last year.

We were so busy but refused to cancel.  It just seemed crazy that over the last few years we haven't had a break and then both weekends turn out to be at the same moments instead of spread out.

San Francisco is one of my favorite cities.  I almost moved there when I was 19.  Found a room in a place in Russian Hill and ended up not going through with it due to family things that went on that year.  So many fond memories and friends who live/lived there.  It was so funny because I was trying to find a hotel for us to stay while at the concert and didn't know what to do because none of the reviews for decent priced hotels seemed to be good.  I asked one of my close old friends for recommendations and she's like uhhh stay with me and we are going to the same concert!  DUH!  I totally forgot in my chaos, that of course she would go..hahaha..I didn't want to burden her by asking to stay with her since we had the boys with us and it's a lot of people to ask to house.  She was so awesome.

Our drive up was really nice and peaceful.  It is such an easy drive compared to the draining misery of the shorter, desert drive to Vegas.  I'd rather drive 6 hours up north anytime!  We stopped at one of the biggest skateparks in the country.  Lake Cunningham in San Jose so the boys could get some skate time in after a long roadtrip.  They had such a blast!

rocket jo skateboard lake cunningham california san jose

rocket and ziggy skating san jose lake cunningham

mathew curran slap sticker san jose skate park rocket

By the time we got to Oyuki's house, we got everyone settled in instantly and we got ready to go.  She was well prepared (as if I didn't know this already) and had everyone on a loose plan to get there and packed with drinks in her bag...I needed to take notes on getting drinks in events! LOL  It was such a relaxing and fun concert..it was nice to spend it with friends and Mathew..we hadn't really done something like this in a long time.

mathew curran cassie jo oyuki brian new order concert berkley

joy division new order concert berkley california

The next day, we took the boys up the hill of her house to a skatepark there..such a fun little area..I love where she lives..has so much character.  The boys got along so well and instant friends.  I wished we lived closer.  In the afternoon, Mathew's friend showed us around a little of the city and got us some goodies at the ferry building.  It was a lovely day and I wished we had more time to explore.

rocket jo kaiser san francisco california kids scheming trouble lunch

rocket ziggy kaiser morning cartoons california

ziggy loves cooking in the kitchen

brain making breakfast frittata

On the way home, we stopped at the Golden Gate Bridge since Ziggy had mentioned he wanted to see it.  It was so beautiful..we caught SF on the most sunny, beautiful weekend ever.  If we had more time, I would have loved to hike somewhere or drive up to Redwoods but next time....now that we have done this drive and seen how easy it is, we are definitely going to do this more often!!

golden gate bridge san francisco california tourist exploring

garlic ice cream gilroy california

If I ever found an assistant job or some other job I'd be passionate about up there, I'd move in a heartbeat!!!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Mum Visits and Yosemite Camping

Before reading, please excuse the rambling that this blog post will consist of...I have too many thoughts going through my mind and I can't quite type them out as fascinating as I'd like them to read.  I apologize for the awful flow of the posts in the last year..it's been hard to sit and concentrate on writing when I have so little time and I am trying to cram every experience in before I have to get up and do work! LOL
Mathew's mom cam to visit for almost 2 weeks before our camping trip and it was so much fun.  She had not been here in almost a year!  The boys have been non-stop skating and she went to the park every sunrise despite it being her vacation just to see the boys skateboarding.  Such an awesome grandma! 

nanny grandma sharon visiting us

ziggy and rocket skating venice beach sunrise
cassie jo mathew curran san pedro california
PC: Sharon
We had some really awesome conversations over my many meltdowns while she was here.  I am very grateful for her presence and her understanding of my mental state when I do have my moments.  It is nice to have someone know what it is like to wake up to the mental noise that exists.  I sure miss those coffee dates with her!

After she left, we had only a few days to get work done and then packed up for Yosemite.  We were so busy but we canceled it last year and we knew we would not do that again.  No matter how much work needs to be done, we were determined to make it happen because we have not taken a family vacation or ANY vacation that was not all work related EVER!  We had to make ourselves turn off work mode and enjoy the moment of NOW.  It was so nice!!

ziggy and rocket checking out art show west hollywood
Ziggy and Rocket at an art show in West Hollywood
We had a long trip up, about 7 hours, but we made a bunch of pit stops at skate parks along the way.  We stopped at Planz Park in Bakersfield and Kaiser Park in Fresno.  The boys had a blast.  By the time we got to Yosemite, it was late and cold.  Rain and snow and freezing temps but we were happy to be there.  After we set up the tent, we started the campfire and made dinner.  It was such a long day, we all crashed soon after.

ziggy skateboarding Planz Park Bakersfield CA
setup camp site yosemite national park

cassie hiking shoes tree trunk yosemite national park

The next morning, we had such an awesome breakfast and the boys skated up and down the hill next to our campsite while we got things ready.  We got packed up and went up mist trail.  We weren't sure what to expect but we made it to the top of Vernal Falls.  It was so beautiful and the waterfall was so powerful.  The steps at the top were icy and dangerous but we made it!  We stayed up at the top for lunch and watched the squirrels play.  We got back to the campsite and started a fire to make dinner.  Played a few card games and passed out!  I don't think we all slept so early so many nights in a row in a long time.

icy steps mist trail vernal fall yosemite

mathew curran ziggy rocket mist trail yosemite

mist trail yosemite national park

ziggy mist trail yosemite national park

vernal fall yosemite national park hiking family

upper pines campground yosemite national park

cassie jo relaxing camp fire yosemite national park

mathew curran ziggy rocket learning whittle sticks yosemite national park

The trip went by way too fast..before we knew it, it was already Easter Sunday and we had our last breakfast and skate session and packed up for our drive back.  We all got car sick on the ride out of Yosemite and it was not a good feeling.  By the time we got passed Oakhurst, it went away.  We stopped at Letterman skatepark before the rain hit in Clovis.  The park was huge and the guy who was running the entrance was super friendly.  We got to let them skate for less than 30 minutes bfore the rain started and we had to head back.

family easter yosemite mathew curran cassie jo ziggy rocket

I am already missing the camping trip.  I fell in love with Yosemite and would have camped for a lot longer if we had a shower in between! HAHAHA