Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Lake Tahoe {2014}

Every summer for the past eight years, my family has been going up to Tahoe together. For about five years, we stayed at an awesome house in South Lake Tahoe that my dad's boss owned. They started renting it out full time though, so the past two summers we stayed at my sister and brother-in-laws cabin in Tahoe Donner. Last year was a little crazy with six adults and four kids (two which were under one) and only 3 bedrooms. So this year we decided we needed to do separate trips.

Jason and I usually do Tahoe plus an additional trip during the summer, but with a 2 month baby and 22 month toddler, this was all we were willing to take on. Even though we were only going up to Tahoe for a couple of days, Jason still took the whole week off as part of his paid family leave.

We started the weekend off by going to Farmer's Market at the Ferry Building in San Francisco.
On Monday we went to Capitola Beach.
  These two - all week. Love.
And I love this fun, colorful hotel that lines the beachfront.

On Wednesday we headed up to Tahoe. 
Traveling with two babies in no joke. 
So much stuff. 
Two pack-n-plays.
Two strollers (one double and one umbrella)
A bouncer.
A pump.
Lots of beach toys (plus, chairs, tent, umbrella)
And all the normal stuff you would bring on vacation.

We stayed in Squaw at Squaw Valley Lodge and it was great. 
We knew we needed a separate bedroom for Jack since he goes to bed so early and we also didn't want him waking in the middle of the night when Livvie woke.
We got a one-bedroom, which included a full kitchen and living room - about 700 sq. feet. It was perfect. Nothing fancy, but definitely nice, and a pretty good deal.
Plus, the location is so central to everything - 10 miles from Truckee/Tahoe Donner, 6 miles to Tahoe City, and about 15 miles to Kings Beach.

The Truckee River was just two miles from our place, and since we couldn't check in until 4, we walked the kids in the stroller along the river when we got into town.
So pretty. 

On Thursday we went to Tahoe Commons Beach. 
Crazy how little water there is in the Lake.
 While the kids napped, I enjoyed some alone time at the pool.
Jason brought the kids down after they woke so Jack could do some swimming.
He kept giving him and Jack matching mohawks.
That night we went to Tahoe City and walked along the lake.
A thunderstorm was about to start rolling in.

On Friday, we drove to King's Beach.
Jack had so much fun playing in the lake here since it was a little deeper.
He kept bending over and dunking his head in the water. So cute. 
Baby girl having a blast. Ha.
And a much needed family picture!
We left around noon and drove to Jason's grandparents, where we spent the rest of the weekend. They live about halfway between us and Tahoe, so we thought it would be a good way to break up the drive home (especially since baby girl screams whenever in the car). Plus, we wanted some of Jason's extended family to meet Olivia.

All in all, it was a great little family vacation. Traveling with 2 under 2 is definitely not easy, but so worth it. We had to come back in the middle of the day for nap time, order dinner in each night, and you still have to deal with a crying baby and tired toddler. But, I so needed to get out of town and have a change of scenery, and I'm glad we did it.

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