So here we are! All the old stomping grounds are still here, and by stomping grounds I mean ice cream and coffee shops; I've actually managed to gain weight moving from Texas to California.
We're also catching up with all our friends who haven't moved to Houston yet, mainly at the aforementioned ice cream and coffee shops, and driving around the Bay Area. The reminder of how crazy traffic is here was not welcome, neither was the endless rain that greeted us. But what can I say? These small sacrifices are worth it for Hannah's peace of mind.
Welcome to sunny California!
First stop: Lottie's ice cream shop! Which is shut on Tuesdays :(
Luckily the San Francisco Creamery around the corner was open.
Since we lived here, people have had babies! This is little Pete, meeting big Pete.
Enough of that - time for some more food.
A trip into SF.
Doing an impression of Daddy at Blue Bottle.
And now my trip is complete.
Where Pete will end up when he's older.
Sea lions still here.
We basically did the tourist trail we've done with visitors so many times before. Ah, the memories.
And here (free chocolate).
Then back on the trolley bus.
Lottie's was open by now, thank goodness.
Then up Mt Diablo. It wasn't the clearest at the top.
Beautiful views out towards the Central Valley.
Catching up with Virginia, who moved out here from DC shortly after we went to Texas.
New friend Bianca! She speaks Russian and Romanian, and the universal language of love.
Evie, suitably haughty, on a(nother) trip to the SF Creamery.
Her dad Nate, enjoying coffee and cookie flavour, perhaps a new favourite.
A quick stop at the National Pinball Museum.
Fun with Caleb...while long-suffering older brother Logan looks on.