Here we are at Mike's Roadside Cafe, during our lunch on our drive up...She loved watching the little boy in the highchair behind us
Coloring during dinner at Denny's---my new favorite kid-travel place. Great children's menu, coloring, relaxed...and inexpensive, so we can order a few different items to see what she likes. I have a new appreciation for Denny's now. We breakfasted here the following day, to great success. I was a bit apprehensive about how Kate would fare with her eating on this trip, and she did great! She also has become a juice drinker!
Holding Daddy's hand on the way to lunch. She loved holding Bill's hand quite a bit on this trip...
After Stanford and a late dinner, we checked into Hotel Sofitel in Redwood City, the same hotel that was the site of Steve and Carol's wedding last year. When we arrived, our crib was already set up and we discovered that we had a beautiful view and, as requested, a king size bed...which Kate went wild over! Here, Bill and Kate stand in the spot of Steve and Carol's wedding.
Here are Marguerite and Juliet. Anabel was taking a nap...
Always friends. They amaze me, and I always feel so lucky to know them...
Talking and parenting and laughing.
Radiant Carol and her newbown Alex.
Steve's beautiful family.
On Saturday night we shared dinner with Aunt Jenny and Aunt Anna. I just adore their home and the warm feel---so cheerful and peaceful to me all at once. Kate loved playing with both of them. Their garden is becoming truly amazing!
I won't even try to get these next pictures in true order...too many! Before coming home today we spent a couple of hours at Stanford...
We took a walk to Twain North and sat under my old dorm room window. That was my frosh dorm...
Looking for "Peekaboo Tower" up close.
My hand on the Valley Center rock. Last time I touched this rock was in 2005. I hadn't gotten married, didn't have Kate, and Grandpa Don and Uncle Eric were still alive. I think seeing the rock today and feeling the gravity of those changes has been my most moving experience with the rock yet.
Kate and I stand outside the Office of the University President, where I worked for several years. In honor of my supervisor, Tom, I showed Kate the patterns that emerge in the columns, the kumquat trees, and the hidden avocado tree.
Memorial Fountain. I took a pic here the first time I ever saw Stanford and another one on the day I graduated.
Mommy's Row house again.
Looking at Hoover Tower, which she loved. We went through the "forest" to get there, and she started talking about The Wizard of Oz.
Mommy and Katie.
Getting ready to go this morning. Kate said the word, "Googleplex" (referring to Google's work compound) and giggled right as this was taken. Later, we went to see the Googleplex on our way out of town.
Wading in The Claw. A precursor to fountain hopping?
A view from the Comp Lit building. I don't want to be one of those parents that really talks up one school and seems to believe the child will for sure be attending it and sets the child's heart on the school. I have seen that happen, to sad conclusion. But I do see how that sort of thing starts and why it happens. I would love for Kate to attend Stanford someday, if she gets in and wants to go. Yet we also want her to know that she does not have to do this to make us happy and proud of her. Still, the trick is to set expectations high and to have her understand that college is an inherent part of her future. Our approach today was to talk about what a fun place for learning Stanford is and to tell stories about fun memories of reading and classes there.