Some photos taken while playing around with my new iPhone X during a hike at Mount Sutro in San Francisco! I couldn't help but portrait mode all of the flora and fauna we came across. After our hike, we decided to pick up one of Clay's favorites: chicken wings! These gochujang and honey salty pepper wings from Hot Sauce and Panko were so tasty and hit the spot. Nearby Lafayette Park was the perfect place to enjoy this mid-afternoon snack!
For my dad's birthday this year, I semi-impulsively decided to book our entire family tickets to The Color Factory in San Francisco. I had been wanting to check it out for a while, but tickets had been hard to get online. So when they were back on sale on a first come first serve basis, I instantly bought one for each person in my family. Luckily, everyone was willing to take the day off on the Friday I booked, which just happened to be Chinese New Year and the day before my dad's birthday. I'll admit, I wasn't sure how much my parents were going to enjoy this pop-up museum frequented by today's millennials, but they ended up having a blast! The exhibit with the ribbons was my family's favorite. We spent a while there taking photos and boomerangs of each other walking in and out from among the colorful ribbons.
A month ago when I was going through a sort of a slump (feeling bogged down by all of my summer classes and the drudgery of life in general :P), Clay goes into our study room, closes the door, and makes a couple of phone calls. He sticks out his head to ask me if I am free Sunday July 23. (I was!) Then he sends me a Google Calendar event titled "Secret adventure for kim and clay" to save the date.
A little over a week before the event, Clay comes home from work, goes back into our study room, and closes the door again. I hear loud thumping noises coming from our study. After a while, he comes out and hands me a card, an invitation to "Kim and Clay's Super Fun Day." It was a schedule of the day with only the times showing. The locations were hidden behind these perforated strips that he had designed for me to peel (the noises from the study were from poking all the tiny holes).
Yesterday, I finally got to tear off each strip as our day unfolded. We started off the day in SF, where we shared morning donuts at Bob's Donuts, a lunch in the Mission at Media Noche (I've been wanting to go since it opened), and Boba Guys (my favorite place to get boba!). By the afternoon we were in Point Reyes (another one of my favorites!), where we saw an abandoned shipwreck, walked through a cypress tree tunnel, and hiked along the foggy coast to a light house. After stopping by Inverness Park Market for some sandwiches for dinner, we ended the day at Tomales Bay for the main event: a night time kayaking excursion to see bioluminescent colonies of glowing dinoflagellates!
As I think back to being out on the water last night after sundown, which was truly a magical and unforgettable experience itself...I can't help but feel completely overwhelmed by feelings of gratitude and awe. I'm thankful to God for giving me a life with so many privileges that I often feel and know are so undeserved. One of the greatest of these privileges will always be my marriage relationship with my husband, Clay, who never ceases to stun me with his thoughtfulness and creativity. Though married life is not always so happy go lucky (on a seemingly perfect day such as yesterday, we still managed to get into a ridiculous and awful fight that for a moment completely crushed clay and broke me down into tears), I'm thankful for the opportunity we always have to choose to reconcile and make repairs. To choose love and forgiveness as God commanded us to. To choose to trust and to have hope in our marriage in the context of this temporary & fleeting life that we have together, because we know that God has given us the best reason to do so through the hope that we forever have in His Son.
'Tis the season for family photos (and of course, those holiday cards)! Had a wonderful time shooting these family portraits with Christine and Andy, their 3-month-old baby Caleb, and their dog Marlowe over at Crissy Field and the Warming Hut Park Store & Cafe in San Francisco! Always down for an outdoor family portrait session during the holiday season :)
Just capturing as I go.