Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Living in the Bay Area

Last year, we had the opportunity to go to the Bay Area for almost 3 weeks and it was a wonderful experience for the whole family to live in a new place for awhile. Andrew had the chance to go for a work trip and he was able to work it out so that we could all come. It was incredibly last minute and we ended up finding out about the possibly of a solo trip to actually leaving for a family trip in under a week.

The green space at our hotel was small, but much appreciated

We packed up and road tripped the 12+ hours to the heart of Silicon Valley to stay in an extended stay suite. Thank goodness our kids are great with long car rides. It would have been a lot more painful than it was. Having a family of 4 living out a suitcase and a couple duffle bags in a one bedroom suite was pretty rough on us all. Andrew's hotel choice was mainly contributed to its proximity to the office, but it really wasn't super family friendly. There was no pool and it was in a very business heavy area so finding a park wasn't exactly the easiest thing to do. I will not forget how refreshing it was for me and the kids to find the green space at the hotel (a week after being there) with a nice gazebo and sitting area. Despite not being ideal for a family, they had a great continental breakfast complete with samosas and complimentary dinner appetizers that we were so happy to have. Next time around, we will definitely need to be more careful of where our hotel is and what amenities it has for the kids. Here we had to make do and we even purchased folding kid chairs so that the kids had a place to sit for meals.

Monday, October 7, 2013

DIY Succulent Planters

Now that autumn has definitely rolled in and we are getting our yard ready for the winter, this project is one that I would love to have around in my house during the dreary winter months. Succulent plants are the perfect low maintenance plant. They don't need a lot of sun or water so they're easy for just about anyone. This particular planter was made for my mother-in-law for mother's day and it lives at her house, but I see it often and still love how it turned out.