I’ve been sharing a lot of not-so-pinworthy (not-so-pretty) kitchen reno pictures lately and thought it was time to share something pretty…our holiday spent in California. If you’ve not visited Chatfield Court before, then you may not know that our daughters live in Denver and San Francisco. We don’t get to see each other as much as we would like but we always try to spend Christmas together, so we decided to rent a house in the Wine Country of California. It was a great decision because we had a great time and it was absolutely beautiful.

Our California Trip, www.chatfieldcourt.comWe were in the hills with all the redwoods and woodpecker, so many woodpeckers around. The above photo was taken from the 3rd floor of our rented home.

On Christmas day we took a ride to the beach. So beautiful and a great way to spend the day together.

Our California Trip, www.chatfieldcourt.comOur California Trip, www.chatfieldcourt.comOur California Trip, www.chatfieldcourt.comWe also took a drive to Bodega Bay on a warm, sunny day and stopped at several spots to admire the gorgeous views.

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Our California Trip, www.chatfieldcourt.comAnd we hiked around in Grove of the Old Trees park. Simply spectacular.

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Unfortunately, our four days in Wine Country went by too quickly and we found ourselves back in San Francisco. We spent two more days with our daughter and rented the cutest little cottage in Berkley.

Our California Trip, www.chatfieldcourt.comIsn’t it cute. Finn absolutely loved running around the gardens and I kept catching him sitting by these two wooden dogs.

Our California Trip, www.chatfieldcourt.comThis was the best part of the cottage…the view. Getting to the cottage was quite the hike though. You really have to be in good shape to live here because the hills are outrageous. 😉

Our California Trip, www.chatfieldcourt.comOn our way to the airport for our flight home, my husband took my high atop Berkley for this spectacular view of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Our California Trip, www.chatfieldcourt.comJust like that, our week was over but it was great to spend time with our girls in such a beautiful place. We will definitely do this again.

If you made it this far, thanks for hanging in there. 🙂 Have you ever been to California before? Where is your favorite place to visit?

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Hey there. I’m taking a little break from home stuff to share some family stuff today. Although they mean everything to me, I don’t mention them much, unless Mr. C² is helping me around the house or modeling for a project picture, but since we are in California spending time with our youngest daughter, I thought I would share a little bit about my family. M is 23 and she moved out to San Francisco 2 years ago, our oldest, A, is 27 and lives in Denver.

Family Time | Chatfield Court.comThese days we use our vacation time to visit them, no more lazy beach trips, and we have to split our time going to either Denver or San Francisco, so we only get to see them a few times a year.

Anyhoo, M was running her first marathon, the Big Sur International Marathon, this weekend and Mr. C² and I wanted to come out to watch, support and cheer her on. We were so proud watching her cross the finish line. Have you ever been to watch a marathon and noticed the amazing energy from everyone? My husband even commented how great it made you feel just being there…everyone cheering each other on. It truly is amazing.

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Unfortunately our oldest daughter wasn’t able to be with us, but we were in constant contact with pictures and IM’s. What did we ever do without all of this technology? 😉

Family Time | Chatfield Court.comWe stayed in Carmel for most of the time, where the marathon was held. Everywhere you go there’s something beautiful to see. We ate, walked around Monterey and Carmel and had a great time together. I would definitely love to visit again.

Family Time | Chatfield Court.comThe hardest part is getting on the airplane after saying goodbye. Ugh…worst.thing.ever, but I guess that’s what happens when they grow up and move away.

Have you ever run a marathon? Been to California? I always love to hear travel tips.

I hope you have a great week!

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Unfortunately I was not able to finish my master bedroom redo, so I can’t share the finished room with you yet. I still have one more project to finish and then I have to photograph it. I am hoping to do that all today and I will be able to share by the end of the week. In the meantime, I thought I would share my trip to San Francisco that I took last month. You know… the one where I fell down the stairs 30 minutes after I arrived and broke my foot?Visiting San Francisco | chatfieldcourt.com

Anyhoo, last month I went to San Francisco to visit my youngest daughter, who was running in a half marathon. With breaking my foot and all the craziness of the holidays, I never got a chance to share some of the highlights.Visiting San Francisco | chatfieldcourt.comMy daughter is a yoga teacher and a part-time barista at Four Barrel Coffee (#bestcoffeeever) so, of course, we had to have coffee every.single.day. We also visited Four Barrel’s newest shop, The Mill. They have Four Barrel coffee and fresh bread, and I had to go every day to have their butter, cinnamon sugar and salt toast. #besttoasteverVisiting San Francisco | chatfieldcourt.comAs you can see we enjoyed our toast so much we almost ate it before we took a picture. Yum!  My daughter had fresh pumpkin on hers.
Visiting San Francisco | chatfieldcourt.comYou can’t visit San Francisco and not drive down Lombard Street. The views from the top of the hill are gorgeous, and I love to see all of the tourists just standing around looking at this winding road. I think it’s kind of hilarious, but that’s just me. 😉Visiting San Francisco | chatfieldcourt.comWe didn’t plan on renting a car, but with a broken foot it was hard to get around, so we ended driving up Mt. Tam to take in the beautiful views of the city. On the way back to the city, we stopped in Mill Valley to walk around the cute shops they have. Visiting San Francisco | chatfieldcourt.comVisiting San Francisco | chatfieldcourt.comMy beautiful daughter and I taking a selfie on the top of Mt. Tam. Visiting San Francisco | chatfieldcourt.comThe main purpose of my visit was to support my daughter in the half marathon she ran. It was held in the hills outside of the city. So beautiful out there! It was my first time at a marathon and the excitement in the air was contagious, if you’ve ever been in/to one you know what I mean. I wanted to rip my boot right off and run those hills myself, broken foot and all. LOL A great day and I was so proud of her. She is running her first full marathon in April in Big Sur and we will be there cheering her on.

It was a great visit, I stayed in a really nice apartment and we ate lots of tasty food at some great restaurants. I love the city more every time I visit and can’t wait to go back!

Have you ever been to San Francisco? I always love to hear recommendations for things to do, places to eat?

Hope you have a great week!

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