Where The Warm Sun Shines

I've suddenly found that I have all these friends with children. For a long time, we had hardly any friends with children and now we have enough to start a small football team, and I love it. Part of the reason is that hanging out with them is like all the fun bits of babysitting without the awkward bits like the parents arriving home early while you're standing in their kitchen eating their ice cream directly from the carton, but the other part is that now we get to have some really kickass parties. 

You think I've got that backwards, don't you? No, Holly, you're thinking, you have the kickass parties BEFORE you have the friends with children. But I'm not talking about ragers and keggers and all-night raves—three things I have never actually been to, by the way, but which I am just going to trust are exactly as portrayed in Can't Hardly Wait—but rather the sort of languid, relaxed, oh-hey-you-got-ketchup-on-your-chin-eh-whatever sorts of afternoons where you all just sit around in the sun together and eat and drink and laugh and watch the babies have fun. 

A few months ago, in the middle of a terrible fight with Sean, I suddenly remembered that the camping spots at Kirby Cove were about to be released. There are only five spots—four where you can camp overnight and one that's a day-use picnic area—and they go like hotcakes once the National Parks Service opens up the online reservation form. I've been wanting to go for as long as I can remember—Kirby Cove is at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge, so the view is BEYOND—but I'd always been too late in trying to snag a spot. This time, however, whatever silly thing Sean and I were fighting about meant I was up at 11:59pm, a minute before the online registration opened, so I did what any sensible person would do and flounced out of the room—ostensibly to make a particularly dramatic point, but really because I'd just remembered that I needed to book a campsite—and boom, managed to reserve the day-use site for a Sunday three months later. 

And oh, it was magical. Idyllic. The kids ran around and flew kites and built sandcastles, and the adults sat around and let the collective stresses and strains of the week melt into the sunshine and float away under the Golden Gate Bridge. Everyone brought food and everyone brought booze and after we'd all eaten we clambered down the stony path to the beach, and everyone took off their shoes and walked barefoot in the sand. 

It was the sort of day that makes you nostalgic for it while it's happening, which is why I think the Super 8 app I'd been playing around with that afternoon—everso slightly twee though it is—captured the whole golden vibe of it so perfectly. You know, I've sort of wondered it my entire life, but it turns out this is what it's like to live somewhere you can't imagine leaving.

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AnEmily
Jun 29, 2012

That was so touching that I got a little teary! What a sweet life and lovely friends you guys have!

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Beverly
Jun 29, 2012

That was beautiful. I am nostalgic for it and it isn't even my life. ha. Welcome to thirtysomething. It rocks. The kids are cool.

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Katherine
Jun 29, 2012

"I am nostalgic for it and it isn't even my life". This!

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Anna Louisa
Jun 29, 2012

That looks magical! I'd do something drastic to get a weekend like that :)

www.anna-bird.com

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MomQueenBee
Jun 29, 2012

Reading your blog is like what I imagine having grandchildren will be: I love visiting it, and I'm glad to send it back home with you, smiling because I remember both the joy and the angst of that age.

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Debbie
Jun 29, 2012

Wow! So Beautiful!! I have a few comments.

- So glad to see you & Sean "hugging it out" and not fighting anymore. :) He's got you. :)

- Who is the beautiful baby in the beginning and that you are holding? I've seen her in some of your pics and she is just beautiful

- Your brother is adorable. So freaking adorable!

- Holy hamburger on the grill!! (next to what appear to be baby burgers next to it) That was a huge piece of meat.

- I wish we were friends irl.

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Julie
Jun 29, 2012

Enchanting.

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Jenny
Jun 29, 2012

MUST. HAVE. APP. (Twee notwithstanding.)

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Cec
Jun 29, 2012

How funny! I was just invited to camp there this Sunday, but won't be able to make it. Now i really know what I'll be missing! Looks lovely.

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Sarah Wynde
Jun 29, 2012

Wow, that was lovely! Truly beautiful video with a perfect song to go with it. It made me literally nostalgic -- I lived in CA for 15 years, including the first 8 of my son's life. I had him at 28, so he was the token toddler at a lot of picnics like that, including some in Golden Gate park and many, many on the beaches down the coast. You captured the feel of the landscape just beautifully. (Now I'm going to go out and swim in my pool and bask in the sunshine and remind myself why it's okay to live in Florida!)

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VictoriaC
Jun 29, 2012

wow that looks so cute! :)

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jen
Jun 29, 2012

what is the Super8 App called? Maybe it's called that. :) I love it! And yes, watching this made me teary eyed. Mostly because that's what my life feels like, too. A lot of friends are having kids and parties are starting to be just like this and it's so awesome. I think my 30's are going to far exceed my expectations.

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Helen
Jun 29, 2012

I was very impressed with the person swinging on the rope swing. They look like they've done trapeze classes as that was an excellent straddle dismount!

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Meghan
Jun 29, 2012

Love it, love it, love it!
I had that app on my ipod, but I really want to get something on my phone. Off to check to see if I can get it on my android!

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kim
Jun 29, 2012

I think the entire internet is now waiting for you guys to reproduce so we can witness the cuteness and awesome kid parties you will hold.

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ris
Jun 29, 2012

This video reminds me of the opening credit from the Wonder Years, and I absolutely love it.

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NothingButBonfires
Jun 29, 2012

Debbie: That little girl is my friend Sherry's daughter, Zuri. Isn't she the cutest? And that giant hamburger was in fact not a giant hamburger, but a piece of ham! (The things next to it are hamburgers, though. Normal-sized ones!)

Jenny and Jen: The app is just called Super 8 and it's 99 cents in the App Store. It's not exactly the most intuitive thing I've ever used, but it's pretty fun all the same.

Thanks as always for the kind words, everyone!

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Amy
Jun 29, 2012

Watching those kids having fun (and the adults relaxing and being gooey over the kids) totally made my day. The clips of your brother at the end with the little girl - don't you wish you were still little and someone could "throw" you up in the air like that? It was such an exhilarating yet safe feeling. Miss that.

Oh, and I TOTALLY missed the campsite reservation date and am now trying to decide if I can take off several days to show up some Wednesday for one of the few campsites the parks around here reserve for walk ups reservations. But I learned my lesson and putting a reminder in my calendar for next year.

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Camels & Chocolate
Jun 29, 2012

Love the video! See, I never really had those feelings toward San Francisco--beautiful though it is, it frustrated every inch of me more than it make me all warm and fuzzy inside--but I'm glad you feel that way because everyone needs a home that gives them some sort of inclination toward permanence.

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Alyce
Jun 29, 2012

That was the berries. Thank you for finding such a lovely lively way to share it with us.

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Samantha
Jun 30, 2012

That was so wonderful. I felt like I was watching a scene from "The Wonder Years" which obviously means you're the tops. xx

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Robin
Jun 30, 2012

I was just reminiscing about a dinner party in the garden that I hosted for some friends last year, and it was a lovely, perfectly magical evening but I couldn't put my finger on what that feeling was. And now I have, courtesy of your perfect phrase: "It was the sort of day that makes you nostalgic for it while it's happening." Thank you. For identifying the feeling and for a lovely post.

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Marcheline
Jul 01, 2012

Before I watch the video, I must know - is there any inappropriate hugging? 8-)

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lor
Jul 01, 2012

all 'round awesome :)

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Jenny
Jul 01, 2012

That was so beautiful.. It also brought a tear to my eye. Felt like such a throwback to another era. So lovely.

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Marcheline
Jul 02, 2012

I feel a pregnancy announcement coming on in three.... two....

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Angela
Jul 02, 2012

That was gorgeous, and the music matches perfectly! I'm a little jealous that y'all can hang around outside in June in pants and long sleeves. Here in Texas, it's been almost 100 degrees for about a month now with 80%+ humidity, and all you want to be is NEKKED and submerged IN the water!

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Claire Bidwell Smith
Jul 02, 2012

That made ME nostalgic for California, and I live here!

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Nothing But Bonfires
Jul 02, 2012

Marcheline: Ha! Keep holding your breath!

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Kids Dentist
Jul 05, 2012

You are very lucky to have found such true friends. Made me miss my friends too!

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