After evaluating about 10 options, a phone call for male input and a few eye rolls from me, we walked out with this puppy. The answer to what makes Scott tick, though, is his tailgate. It is like a switch clicks in his head to "tailgating planning master" and it is hard to get him back. From the moment the email goes out to friends and family, the wheels are turning with ideas on how to make this one that much better!
This year we made our way to the Stanford v. USC game. We donned our best red accessories (this is the last year for that...Buffs join the Pac10 next year) and headed south to get set up for the big tailgate. This year, Michelle, Aimee and Kristina jumped on the tailgate bandwagon and talk about being stocked and ready for the day! We had:
-Dip, Guac, etc...
-Caprese Salad (thanks Andrea!)
-Salami (Andrea again...you must bring a chef to your next tailgate)
Ok, you get the idea. It was ridiculous. We packed a Rav 4 and Tahoe full of supplies for our big day. I would call it a resounding success. I manned the phone this year so Scott could enjoy "his" tailgate and everyone managed to find our little plot of land. Definitely an annual tradition that we will continue! I do get a bit nervous about how Scott plans to top this one though!!
|Andrea can saber a champagne bottle-not a bad party trick!|
|The boys tailgating, Scott with his Gloria, Tanner preparing to drive the Rav away, Scott and his nieces.|
|Kate and I tailgating|
A quick rewind...I failed to mention that Katie was in town this weekend (if you hadn't figured that out from the picture above)! We got to spend Friday through Sunday night taking the city and surrounding areas by storm. Friday night we took Katie to one of our favorites, The House. The food is just oh so good!
As you saw, Saturday was a bit busy as well! Why stop there? Sunday we packed up and headed to, where else, Napa! We did switch up the order of things a bit to keep it fresh. First stop, Mondavi. Then we headed across the street to Cakebread. This was my first visit there and it definitely exceeded expectations.
|Kate and I at Rutherford Grill.|
|Kate with her new Cakebread wine!|
|We learned a neat trick to aerate wine and put a few years on it. Just roll back and forth and for every 30 seconds it ages a year. It is incredible to taste the difference.|
We ended the day at Gloria, of course! It was a jam packed, fun weekend! Come back soon, Kate!!!
Obviously I am very behind in by blogging because I am officially three weekends behind. The weekend after Kate's visit was very low key and the camera didn't even make an appearance. Lots of couch time, a massage for me, and more couch time.
We needed the weekend to recover and prepare for all of our Giants cheering! It is a very exciting time to be in San Francisco!! Unfortunately they went to Philly to clinch it but we sure had fun being in the stands.
|Nice view of the Bay Bridge from our seats.|
|Don't worry Mom, it is just the weird light...I am not quite this pale!!|
This weekend we continued our theme of taking it easy, but headed over to the Strand Fam's for some pumpkin carving and Giants watching fun on Saturday night. Oh, and I got a haircut. We aren't talking about it.
|I got a bit of a domestic wind and decided to make cookies and cupcakes for our night of pumpkin fun!|
|The littlest Giants fan enjoying his juice box!|
|All our hard work paid off!|
|"We're going to the World Series!!!"|
I do believe we are now caught up. One of these days I will get my act together and be a better blogger! It is definitely more fun to write when the stories are fresh in my mind. I am sure it makes for better reading too. I'll see what I can do :-).