Dining Out with Kids Etiquette Tips for San Francisco

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Of course, families should eat out—especially in a city such as San Francisco where young palates can be exposed to a wide array of flavors. What’s more, mothers and fathers deserve a break from cooking and kids need to learn how to dine in an environment where they’re expected to behave.

This is in response to a blog post relaying an experience of being kicked out of a restaurant for having a stroller. 

Dining out with kids can be difficult, especially if one of them is fussy. We’ve been on our way to a restaurant when one of the girls was throwing a big tantrum. Our solution was to avoid going out at that time and just getting takeaway food. We tend to stay with the more family friendly places, where any stray outburst from kids is expected.

 

Color Me Rad

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Photos from Color Me Rad taken on September 14, 2013.

Confident before the run.

This past weekend, Farrah, Fina, Kristel, Kay, Chantel and Marisa took part in the 5K Color Me Rad run. It was held at the Santa Clara Fairgrounds in San Jose. This particular run benefited the

Pacific Autism Center for Education (PACE). I was able to take a few photos at the event. It was a bit difficult avoiding the color powder that is used at the event. I saw several DSLR users have plastic bags over their cameras, similar to a rain bag I used on my Nikon D70 when we went to England. If they do this run again, I will need to make sure to bring a plastic bag with me.

Photos for this event are located under the Color Me Rad  folder.

Photos from Color Me Rad taken on September 14, 2013.

Celebrating after the run!

Time

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I feel I don’t have enough time during any given day. At least not enough to do what I want, when I want to do it. This is why my blogging has efforts have fallen by the wayside.

Wife. Kids. Work. Eat. Commute. Sleep. These are the priorities in order. Wife. Kids. Work. Eat. Commute. Sleep.

Sleep is nice,  if it can be had. When it is possible, it doesn’t come in consecutive hours, not since the kids were born. I’ve learned to function with chunks of sleep here and there, sneaking in a few extra minutes on the commute to-and-from work.

Commuting and working are dedicate blocks of time. The commute is not fixed in its length. It can take up at take about 2 1/2 hours a day. An if there is an incident on Caltrain, add another 90 minutes to that time. I try not to take my work home with me, but my job is easily accessible through any device.this makes it easy to read and answer work issues.

That leaves the time spent with the wife and kids. They are the center of my world, the reason I do what I do. During the week I don’t have the opportunity to spend much time with them.. An hour or two in the morning while getting ready to leave for the day. A few hours at night at dinner time then bed time. At least we have the weekends together.

Eating is done between all of these times.

Setting aside time to write has been tough. I can steal a moment away here-and-there to jot down a thought I want to explore. Finding the time to think that thought through and writing it down can be difficult. But I believe I need that time, the time to use my brain and stretch my fingers. My writing may not be revelatory but it is mine. It is seething I wish to express, even if it is about a trivial matter.

And so I’m making an effort to post more, to write more in this space. It may be a simple comment on a link or a long bitch fest about a day gone sideways. But it’ll be something I want to share. Whether you want to read it is up to you.

I hope you do.

Graecyn Belle

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Graecyn Belle was born at 1:50am on November 8. 2012. She weighs 6 lbs 10 oz, and is 19 1/2 inches long, with a thick head of hair like her sister. Mommy, baby and family are doing great!

Induction Day

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The plan today is to induce labor since Farrah isn’t showing any signs of giving birth as of yet.

They asked Farrah to call in at 7AM to see when she could come in. We expected to go into the hospital after dropping off Mia at daycare. But the result of the 7AM call was to simply call back at 9AM. so we took our time getting Mia ready and off to daycare. She arrived there at 8:30, an hour after her normal arrival time.

Mia’s daycare is only a few blocks from the hospital. So we decided to find a close Starbucks to grab coffee. Farrah then called in at 9AM. They said now call in at 2PM – basically when people have checked out. Wow, were we ever going to be able to check in?

We made our way to Target to buy a few supplies. Then off to Palo Alto to have lunch at the La Boulange and checkout the new Apple store (it’s gorgeous). Oh, and we grab some Philz’s Coffee.

Farrah calls in at 2PM. Finally, the answer is come into the hospital at 3PM. Check-in was smooth. We got settled in OK.

Now it’s just a waiting game.