A Day in San Francisco Plus Other Weekend Fun Without Kids

We’ve been struggling with our kids lately. While Reece isn’t actually behaving too badly, his normal 4-year-old actions combined with Emme screaming about everything is enough to drive mommy over the edge. Let’s just say Emme isn’t the only one doing a lot of screaming and it’s not something I’m proud of.

My in laws very kindly offered to watch the kids all weekend long so we could have a much needed break. Lucky for them, the kids tend to behave better for others, so hopefully the weekend wasn’t too hard on them.

Doug and I decided to stay home and enjoy a nice, quiet house, but also take advantage of the opportunity and do some things that are a lot more complicated and a lot less pleasant when you have wee ones tagging along. Enjoying a day in San Francisco was at the top of our list.

That’s where we headed on Saturday, with a few specific places in mind we knew we wanted to see, starting with the painted ladies, also known as the Full House houses.

Painted Ladies Full House houses San Francisco Alamo Park

I’ve always wanted to see these, but for some reason never bothered to find out where they were. It was fun to see them in person and they’re right across from Alamo Park, which was nice to walk around.

Cypress tree in Alamo Park San Francisco
Loved the Cypress trees everywhere

After that we headed over to Baker Beach, which I always see in pictures, but had never actually been to.

Baker Beach San Francisco

We were lucky that it was such a gorgeous day and the view is just beautiful. Definitely a must see.

Bakers on Baker Beach San Francisco
The Bakers on Baker Beach ๐Ÿ™‚

Didn’t realize it was a nude beach, though, and while there were mostly clothed people with children and dogs, there were at least a few people letting it all hang out in the ocean breeze.

We also walked through an old war battery that was off a pathway near the beach. San Francisco is full of these and they’re kind of neat to walk around.

Baker Beach battery San Francisco

We followed a path off the beach and into the surrounding neighborhoods, checking out the mansions. It’s hard to believe that some people get to enjoy this amazing view every day.


After that we drove over to the Lands End trailhead and walked down to see the labyrinth. I didn’t get a great picture of it, so I’m borrowing this one.

Lands End Labyrinth

We also had someone take our only couple picture that day that isn’t a selfie.

Labyrinth at Lands End

After that little hike, we headed down to the Marina to grab a late lunch and enjoyed drinks and small plates atย Delarosa.

Swiss Chard appetizer at Delarosa in San Francisco
Swiss chard with chickpea puree

We walked around the Marina a bit, then drove off to have some fun at a mini park in Bernal Heights, which has nothing besides a pair of slides. So we had some fun with that, check it out. ๐Ÿ™‚

By then it was nearing sunset, so we drove across the city again over near the Cliff House to watch.

Then we snapped a selfie before heading in to enjoy wine and clam chowder at the bar because you can’t go to San Francisco without having a little clam chowder.

selfie sunset Cliff HouseIt was a great day and I’m glad we were able to enjoy so many new things in the city with out the kids in tow.

Sunday we spent sleeping in, enjoying coffee and the newspaper in bed and made a good breakfast. We mostly just enjoyed the quiet of being at home, but I did get in a Pilates workout and then later Doug and I went for a 2-mile run together.

We ended our weekend finishing up the last two episodes of Breaking Bad and then got out of the house for some Thai foodย to lift our spirits after such a depressing show (a good show, but you always need to do or see something happy after).

It was a very nice weekend together and last night we found ourselves missing the kids. I’m eager to see them today and hopefully will be rejuvenated enough to take on Emme’s screaming without screaming myself.

I’m linking this post up with the Marvelous in My Monday Linkup.

How did you enjoy your weekend?

Any tips on how to not go crazy with a screaming toddler are very much welcome!ย 


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  • there is nothing quite like a weekend away from the kids… my daughter emma is 18 months and loves to scream. she thinks its hilarious. I dont have any tricks but you are not alone! she often screams when she is excited about something or when a waiter plays with her etc. I remind myself that she is screaming from joy and excitement. when she screams at me, i just try to ignore it as much as i can.

    • Interesting that yours screams when she’s happy about something. Mine just screams to let me know how dissatisfied she is with anything and it doesn’t take much to get her going!

  • You two are so cute!! Looks like a memorable weekend soaking up time together.

  • Glad you had a lovely weekend kid-free with your husband! The photos are great and it’s hard not to have an amzing time in SF. My husband and I lived in Marin county when we first got married and loved it. We miss exploring SF and all the amazing food there and scenery. My husband and I still have not had a weekend away yet, nor a night away from our 3 yr old. But we may be able to do that one day soon, thanks to my mother-in-law;)

    My son was terriable with tantrums at your girl’s age. Time outs would usually stop the yelling, but im sorry you are dealing with that. I’m sure it’s just a phase.

    • My daughter is way more of a screamer than my son was at this age. Tantrums I understand and can handle those, it’s the screaming about everything that upsets her in the least bit that’s frustrating.

      Hope you guys get a night away soon!

  • Sometimes weekends around home without kids are the best! We haven’t had one in ages and come to think of it, last time we did was when we were working on our house so a relaxing one would be much enjoyed ๐Ÿ™‚

    • It was definitely nice just relaxing at home. Especially watching TV in the middle of the day–I can’t remember the last time that happened when it was a show for me and not the kids!

  • Looks like you had a much needed weekend together! Amazing when you stay and take a vacation weekend in your own town! Kids grow fast and it will all be a blur! ๐Ÿ™‚ enjoy

  • Looks like a fun weekend. I love SF. We were just there last weekend and wanted to go to the full house houses but ran out of time…definitely have to cross it off my list soon.

  • Looks like a wonderful weekend! I can so relate to needing a break sometimes. I have a 6 and 3 year and time apart does everyone some good! The girls stayed with the in laws a couple of weekends ago and the hubby and I celebrated my bday in Charleston. It was so relaxing.

  • What a wonderful post! Part of why I love following your blog is all the photos of the Bay Area. It’s been a year since we had to move away and I miss it dearly, but I also love everything that Colorado has to offer.

    Glad to see you have family support so that you can have a break now and again. I don’t have any advice on a screaming toddler, but I’m glad you’ve asked for some thoughts so that I can make note, should I ever have to deal with this problem…

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