November 22, 2013 – Busy Weekend

Our weekend starts out Friday morning when our friends, Cathy and Brad, whom we met on our China trip, arrive. We have lunch at the Wente Restaurant joined also by Karen and George and then go wine tasting at McGrail Vineyards and Occasio Winery in the Livermore Valley. After a quick stop home to spiff ourselves up, we go out to dinner at Barone’s in Pleasanton. After breakfast on Saturday our friends depart. It has been a very nice visit with lots of good food, good talk and good wine.

After a quick nap to revitalize, we head over to Mountain View to pick up Sarah. We get our hair cut and colored for our big trip in two weeks time. John, Sarah and I have dinner at the Fish Market.

On Sunday we head into San Francisco to visit Eileen and Jim who are staying with their daughter, Ali and her husband, Van. The star of the show is Eli, their 14 month old. He is a little unsure of us at first.

Eli is curious but wary
Eli is curious but wary

We sit down and have lunch together. Eli is my right-hand luncheon companion.
Hmm..who are you?
Hmm..who are you?

Before long Eli is wearing his shades and giving Nanu high fives.
Eileen, Ali and Eli
Eileen, Ali and Eli

After lunch we stroll out into the Presidio woods. John and Jim pose for a picture.
Old buds
Old buds

It is a beautiful, clear day and we can see the Golden Gate Bridge over the tree tops.
Golden Gate Bridge
Golden Gate Bridge

Eli keeps us all entertained with his antics. He has found a large stick which he loves.
Eli and the stick
Eli and the stick

Pretty soon it is time for Eli’s nap. Well, maybe everyone’s nap. The delicious lunch accompanied by wine has made everyone sleepy. After a cup of coffee to keep us awake on the ride home, we leave all to their afternoon naps.

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