San Francisco is a great place to go in the summer... if you are missing winter! I was lucky enough to have about 48 hours to enjoy the sites and sounds, and I made the most of it. I stayed at my brother's place on Telegraph Hill, so walking out the front door, this is what you see.
Turn the corner towards Columbus and you will run into these.
My first stop was at Mara's Italian Pastry for a treat, then into China town.
Max and I had just about the tastiest chicken wings in San Francisco CAPITAL Restaurant on Clay.
Next day I did some shopping in Union Square.
Then dinner at Fisherman's Wharf. Seriously, #wherearethesealions ??
With a final stop in Berkeley for my favorite salad and a visit to my previous work, which I left exactly one year ago.
Thanks to Edwin and grandparents for holding down the fort while I retrieved Ronnie!
Edwin was determined to make his favorite dessert, which somehow I had never even heard of. Recognize these?
Apparently these are caneles. And Edwin nearly burnt down the house trying to make them. Our nest protect was yelling at us for an hour! But they were enjoyed by all. If you happen to have your own block of beeswax, you, too, can make your own caneles.
Something about these little tassels is so cheery! Just the right pop of color. This all sterling silver bracelet includes a stamped initial disc, a hamsa, cross or tree of life charm, along with a silk tassel in green, purple, wine or black.
Please visit Under Her Charm's new website! New simple look, and easy to browse and purchase. Not all items have been added to the website yet, so please come back soon, or visit my etsy website which is open as usual.
With a new house, new job, new schools, new everything, it seems fitting to get a new dog, too! Right? I've been researching dogs and scouring the Houston shelters for months. On my third visit to a shelter, this time BARC, I found HELEN.
Helen was happy and friendly, and looked like her name should be Berkeley, so I took her home! The shelter thought she was 11 weeks old, and a German Shephard mix. Here she is on the ride home.
I loved her brindle coloring and thought she would be great for the kids. Noe spent the first 3 days SHRIEKING in fear whenever Berkeley was near her. You can't imagine how bad I felt making Noe uncomfortable in her own home. I don't know what suddenly switched, but luckily, they are best buds now.
Several years ago I had custom silhouettes made of Ronnie, Ben and Lila. When Noe came along, I wanted to make hers different, because otherwise, she would look the same age Lila did in her silhouette, when they are actually 3 years apart! So, I finally made silhouettes of the two newest members of the family.
It was much easier than I feared! I simply snapped a side view of Noe and Berkeley with my phone. Then I printed them on thick paper, and cut out around their profile. I spray painted Berkeley black, and Noe white.
I picked out paper from the scrapbooking section of Michael's, taped the painted silhouette on, and popped them in a frame! Here they are along with the other guys.
Three years in Baltimore, four years in Berkeley. Now, we are HOME. Back to Houston! After 6 months of trying to secure our perfect house (apparently, banks want you to have jobs... in the city you are moving to), we finally closed.
Thanks to the seller who stuck it out with us for 6 months!
The movers have come and gone, and boxes are mostly unpacked.
The kids started new camps
and our swimming pool has gotten TONS of use!
So stay tuned for LOTS of before and afters, lots of DIY projects, lots of spending time with family in our new HOUSE, and Happy 4th!