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KriebelFest 2015 - Sue’s Revenge!

WARNING: This is a long post with lots of pictures.

I could not have asked for a better last week in California before heading off for my adventure in London. My parents arrived last Wednesday and my brother’s family arrived Friday morning (they were supposed to get here Thursday night; that’s another story for another time). This was the first time that any of them have visited since we’ve lived in California.

To give you some context:

  1. There are six of us in my family.
  2. Add in my two parents.
  3. Throw in my brother, his wife and five of their kids.
  4. We have a 5 bedroom house.

What does this all mean? Bodies everywhere! And as the Grinch would say:

But you know what? We’d have it no other way! Our kids absolutely love and adore their cousins and they all get along great. We spent Friday around the house to let the kids get settled in, but like any other time the Kriebels get together, it turned into something competitive.

Friday night, the adults went for dinner at First Street Ale House in Livermore, where our 15 minute wait turned into an hour.

Saturday was crazy busy. Beth and I ran in the Livermore Half Marathon in the morning.

Note to self: Don’t eat a giant cheeseburger, fries and drink several beers the night before running a half marathon.

We met up with the rest of the family to watch Elizabeth’s team in the indoor soccer playoffs. She played amazing and really enjoyed having her whole family there watching. We sat up in the balcony enjoying some frosty beverages while she played.

Her Uncle Dave even got her create a goal celebration for us. And the best part? Elizabeth’s cousin saw her score the winning goal in the championship game!

After soccer, Dave, my Dad and I went to watch Michael’s basketball game while everyone else helped get dinner ready. Michael’s team lost (they missed so many layups), but all that matter to him was that he had his Uncle and Pop Pop there to watch him.

Sunday morning started with an amazing breakfast prepared by my Dad. It’s his favorite meal and you can tell by the way he takes great care making a fantastic meal. After fueling up for the day, we headed to the Marin Headlands on the Sausalito side of the Golden Gate Bridge. This the absolute best place to see the bridge.

From there, we headed to the Point Bonita Lighthouse, which is one of our favorite spots in all of San Francisco. It’s a steep 1/2 mile hike down to it, so Mom and Dad stayed at the car while the rest of us went to check things out.

That took us to about mid-afternoon, we hadn’t even eaten lunch yet, and no one was complaining! From Point Bonita we went to Rodeo Beach where we met up with some friends from college while the kids played on the beach. Lesson learned here: pack more beer.

You’d think that would be enough for one day, but not for the Kriebels. Rodeo Beach isn’t too far from Muir Woods, which closes at 7pm, so we hustled up for a quick visit. We’re so lucky that the kids like hiking! Muir Woods is on Beth’s list of must-visit places in SF.

Ok, so by now, the kids were getting hungry and cranky. Fortunately we found an In-n-Out on the way home. Neither my parents nor my brother’s family had ever been there.

Everyone devoured their food…including our lovely brides.

Monday we headed to Carmel, a beach which we hadn’t been to yet either. While it was colder than Rodeo Beach, the beach itself and the views were spectacular.

We ate an early dinner in Carmel and then took a ride along 17-Mile Drive to see the famous Lone Cyprus.

Wednesday, since I was still officially a Facebook employee, I took Dave’s family for a visit to campus. Of course, the first question they asked was “Why would you ever leave?"

The last destination for KriebelFest 2015 before Dave’s family had to head home Thursday was Mt. Diablo. It was a really clear day, so we could see really far. We could see Sacramento, the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, Oakland and Pleasanton.

Now everyone is off their separate ways. While I head to London today, Beth is taking the kids to Disneyland for the weekend, my parents are spending a few more days in the Bay Area with my sister, and Dave’s family is back home in their routine. The week absolutely flew by and we miss everyone terribly already. We’re not sure if there will be a KriebelFest 2016, but we’ll certainly host them in London if they want to come.

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