My kids always seem to track down cool things to buy.
We started out our adventures in Chinatown. We really wanted to go to the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory. We drove all over Chinatown and asked several people for directions to Ross Alley where it is located. One nice little lady told me to look for the store with the pink bags. After driving around for 10 minutes more, we discovered that every store in Chinatown has pink bags!!!!! After 1 hour we finally found it. Here is a little tip for anyone interested. Ross Alley is not labeled with a normal street sign. Ross Alley is only labeled on a small brick on the ground as you enter the alley. NICE. If you blink you will actually miss the factory. I had visions of grandeur that were quickly squelched as we walked into a small store (a.k.a. factory) about the size of my kitchen to watch some sweet little Chinese men make cookies. We were in and out in less than 5 minutes. Actually, we went back for 10 more minutes because they had a bathroom that we could all use for free.
We actually had to pay $.50 to take this picture. See sign in rear.
Do you see all of the pink bags. I'm such a sucker, my kids are the only ones with purchases.
Across from Ross alley we stopped for a little Dim Sum at a great little place called Delicious Dim Sum. I have to say it definitely lived up to its name. It was so yummy! The kids preferred the Chinese Candy Store and of course we had to pick up our token fans and other cheap souvenirs. After Chinatown we headed over to the secret slides of San Francisco.
This was our first time there and I have to say, it is a new favorite. We all laughed and squealed for a good hour and a half as we went up and down the slides. At one point, I had to run to the car a few blocks away for a diaper and it just made me smile to hear the kids belly laughing 2 blocks away. I just had to stop and listen to it for a few moments. I felt like a little kid again. Here are a few fun pics from the slides. You can see we caught a lot of air and it hurt if you got too much as you can see from the expression on my friend, Denise's face.
McCall trying to maintain her balance.
Carson and Calvin racing. Carson flew off the slides more times than I could count.
Is that a happy birthday face or what?
Next stop is a must every time we go to the city, Pier 39. We hit our favorite stops, Boudin Bread Bakery for our chili bread bowl, Hook and Cook's for popcorn shrimp and then further down the pier for mini-donuts and crepes as we watch the sea lions at play.
Loving the Chili bowls.
Of course Bay refused to eat anything healthy, finally settling for donuts.
Love those silly Sea Lions. Seriously they never cease to entertain for hours!
Bay and Gracie soaking up all of the entertainment at the pier.
Next we headed over to Lombard street and then down to Union Square. We got to see some really cool art galleries as we headed to the St. Francis Westin to ride the glass elevators. If you haven't been in the glass elevators, go at night, so you can see all of the city lit up. We ended up going up to the 32nd floor and down to the lobby about 10 times. Again our elevator was filled with laughter especially when Denise got out to take a picture and the doors shut and we had to go all the way down to the Lobby before we could go back up to floor 32 to retrieve her. All that riding was almost enough to make me feel a little queasy after all the food I had eaten.
This is when we lost Denise, you can see her reflection as the doors are closing.
Of course no trip would be complete without a world famous hot fudge sundae from Ghiradelli square (I know we do all of the tourists stuff over and over again). Pretty much we eat our way through San Francisico every time we go. We headed back in our cars to Ghiradelli square. Bayden was so happy when everyone there sang Happy Birthday to him. He was even happier with his very own hot fudge sundae as you can see from the picture below. I got the kids all loaded up about 9:15 and headed down the Embarcadero. At 9:17 my three youngest were fast asleep. I think they had a fun day!
One happy two year old. Please note the LARGE empty sundae cup (no help from mama)