Last month my husband Robert and his twin brother, Charles, turned 50!
My friend Kim had written a post on her blog, 3 Peanuts, about the 50th birthday party she had thrown for her husband where she'd hired a taco truck. I thought that sounded like such a fun idea for party, so I pitched the concept to my sister-in-law and we planned a similar event for our husbands!
Our weather in Dallas was unseasonably warm in early December, which I usually don't like at all for Christmastime, but for our party it was fabulous. Our guests were able to eat and mingle outside, and it really made for a fun time.
The taco truck was a HUGE hit. So many people commented on what a great idea that was (thanks, Kim!), and the food was delicious. The truck offered seven different varieties of tacos from steak, shrimp, chicken and brisket to veggie. We also had a margarita machine in addition to Cokes and beer.
We had a great turnout of friends and family, and Robert and Charles seemed to really enjoy the party. I think it made the idea of turning 50 a lot more palatable!
The taco truck pulled into our backyard and set up on our driveway
Tacos were made to order as the guests selected the ones they wanted
Looking back toward our house. The margarita machine was behind the ferns on our back porch. Coolers with the other drinks were on the left hand side of the porch
We set up tables in our carport and on the driveway. Here Dots enjoys her tacos while visiting with her cousins Owen and Hollis
Robert strung lights across our driveway which added to the festive atmosphere
Charles and Robert with their longtime friend and fraternity brother David and his wife Kelly
Me with our friends Reid, Andy and Ann
Tacos - yum!
My parents drove in for the party. Here my mom visits with my friends Marty and Russ. Notice the darling centerpieces that my sister-in-law Patti made! She decoupaged old pictures all over white boxes and then placed a plant with some black tissue paper inside
Singing "Happy Birthday" to Robert and Charles
Close-up of Robert's cake. I ordered the cakes from Society Bakery (one was red velvet and one was spice). They were so good!
The birthday boys with their proud mother
Our house decorated for the big birthday (and Christmas)
Robert had business in San Francisco this month and invited me to go out there with him for the weekend beforehand. San Francisco is one of my favorite American cities so I jumped at the chance to join him.
The weather was absolutely glorious on the afternoon we arrived. I had a read rave reviews about the Liguria Bakery, so after checking into our hotel in Fisherman's Wharf, we walked to North Beach to try some of their famous focaccia bread.
The bakery is completely no-frills and the only thing they sell is focaccia. Usually they offer several choices, but we arrived an hour before closing and all they had left was pizza focaccia. As the portions are HUGE, Robert and I opted to split one (only $5 - cheap lunch!) and had the lady slice it for us. We walked across the street to Washington Square and sat down on the luscious green grass for a picnic. The focaccia was very tasty, the weather perfect - quite a delightful way to pass an afternoon!
View from our picnic - lovely!
My cousin Caroline lives just south of San Francisco. Late Saturday afternoon she and her family picked us up at our hotel and drove us on a tour of San Francisco and then down the coast to a brewery near Half Moon Bay. We had a great visit with them and loved the place they took us.
The "microclimates" in the Bay Area result in widely varying conditions. Contrast this fog to the clear skies we just left in the city
Moss Beach Distillery
We sat outside around this fire pit overlooking the Pacific Ocean
Caroline and her precious children, Bennett and Avery, with me
It was so cold! What a treat that was for Texans in July
The next morning we went to Mama's on Washington Square for breakfast. I expected long lines so we got there just after they opened at 8. We still waited almost two hours for a table! We had a NY Times to help pass the time, and the food was delicious; I can think of worse ways to spend a morning.
Look at this line!
Bountiful fresh ingredients
Homemade bread for the French toast
Our breakfast was worth the wait! Obviously we worked up quite an appetite while in line - lol
Later that day Robert and I went to the Walt Disney Family Museum. Walt Disney's daughter, Diane, established this museum in the Presidio to house her father's memorabilia and honor his life and legacy. From Wikipedia: The 40,000 square foot space in the main Museum building features the newest technology and historic materials and artifacts to bring Disney’s achievements to life, with interactive galleries that include early drawings and animation, movies, music, listening stations, and a 12-foot diameter model of Disneyland. We spent almost four hours there and could have stayed much longer. The exhibits were fascinating and very well done. I especially loved the model of Disneyland.
Postcard I bought of the Disneyland model
Stunning vista of the Golden Gate Bridge from a back room at the Museum
We made two visits to the historic Ferry Building Marketplace, including a wonderful morning where we bought pastries, cheeses and jams and had a picnic breakfast on a bench out back and watched the boats entering and exiting the Bay.
Robert by the Ferry Building - this is probably my favorite place in San Francisco
Inside the marketplace - lots of local merchants selling regional artisan specialties - I could spend hours wandering around here
Cowgirl Creamery cheese market - yum
Doesn't this look fabulous?
Outdoor Farmers Market - gorgeous produce
The rest of our time was spent leisurely walking around, shopping and eating. I was sad to leave Robert in San Francisco after the wonderful few days we spent there. I hope to return soon.
Shopping for a few souvenirs at Ghiradelli Square, located next door to our hotel
I love the Elizabeth W line of sachets and linens. Their only retail store is in Ghiradelli Square
Enjoying an Irish Coffee at the Buena Vista (our hotel, the Argonaut, is behind me)
Today Robert and I celebrate our 23rd anniversary. Wow, where does the time go?!
I look at this picture now and think how shockingly blessed and wise that young and naive girl was to have married such a wonderful man. At that time she knew only that he was the nicest person she'd ever met and that she loved to spend time with him. She had NO idea that twenty-three years later he would still be the kindest, truest person she'd ever known, that he'd be a wonderful provider and the best father ever to their three children. It never occurred to her that the two of them might one day face challenges and that he would be her rock in the task of raising a child with special needs. The girl never paused to ponder that she had better be marrying someone heroically patient and disciplined because she could be quite moody and prone to indulging her own whims.
The girl didn't think consider any of this because her world had hitherto been pretty controlled and happy, and she had never thought very far past her sheltered little self. But fortunately, the girl's mother and God knew all of these things and more, and they made sure that she chose wisely.
And this girl is very grateful.
Adapted from a previous anniversary post from back when no one read this blog!
Sunday afternoon we headed to Fenway Park for a Red Sox game. In spite of intermittent rain, the stadium was packed with fans!
I'm a lifelong baseball fan but this was my first visit to the storied Fenway Park. What a fabulous venue for a baseball game! It's hard to imagine there is a bad seat in the house. We had a great time at the game even though there were rain delays and the Red Sox lost
That night we met a friend from my freshman floor at SMU and her husband for dinner at an Italian restaurant in the North End called Antico Forno. Barbara was also in town to run the marathon. We reconnected and figured out we would both be in Boston through the wonders of Facebook. We had a very good meal and the runners were able to load up on carbs the night before the big race
This was the view out our hotel window race morning. The runners ride buses 26.2 miles out of town to Hopkinton where the marathon begins. These school buses were lined up for miles! Guess it takes a lot of buses to transport 20,000 runners
Later in the morning there was a parade in front of hotel in commemoration of Patriots Day in Massachusetts
I spent a little while wandering about the Granary Burying Ground across from our hotel
Paul Revere's grave
Samuel Adams is buried here
The grave site of Crispus Attucks and other victims of the Boston Massacre
You might guess that John Hancock's marker would be the largest and easiest to spot
Next I made my way through the Boston Common to the marathon finish line (see earlier post)
Robert and me back at the hotel post-race
We walked to the North End for some celebratory pizza at Regina's
Even though I did NOT run 26.2 miles that morning, I decided to treat myself to a cannoli at Mike's Pastry (that is not my gelato I'm holding! Robert handed it to me while he took the picture)
Then we walked part of the Freedom Trail. This was Paul Revere's house
Statue of Paul Revere with the Old North Church steeple behind him
Me by the Old North Church. See the red line? That marks the Freedom Trail
Married for 26 years to Robert, three kids: Will (22), Vivian (19) and Dots (16) ~~~~
Majored in mathematics at SMU, taught elementary school for six years before Will was born ~~~~
Things I enjoy: playing duplicate bridge, working NY Times crossword puzzles, reading good books, entertaining, visiting with friends, planning trips, TRAVELING, playing board games, spending time with family, cooking, corresponding with old friends
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