Last Thursday, my dad got home from work just in time to catch Ellie and me (and Achilles) before we left for our evening walk. He suggested we head downtown for some gelato. Given that the weather was amazing and downtown sounded more fun than our usual loop around the neighborhood, off we went. We ended up enjoying ourselves so much that we stuck around for dinner al fresco at one of the restaurants along the waterfront. Ellie entertained herself with some bread, passing dogs, the cloth napkins (great for peek-a-boo, her favorite) and the holes in the table. It was a delightful evening for all of us.
Straub Park on a beautiful evening
Munching on some bread with her feet up
Almost-full moon showing itself as the evening wore on
After the market, we decided to extend our outing (have I mentioned that the weather was gorgeous?) by walking down to the Pier for lunch at Cha Cha Coconuts, where Eric and I had our wedding rehearsal dinner. Eric had to run back to get something from the car first, so Ellie and I played in the grass while we waited for him.
Left: Passing time with some self-portraits; Right: happily plopped in the grass
Sharing leaves is her newfound passion.
Here, Daddy, have this leaf.
Closer inspection of the local flora
Then it was off to the Pier, where we watched the pelicans being fed before heading inside and upstairs for a lunch of our own.
Ellie hanging out with the pelicans
Ellie had a blast at lunch. It was really windy on the top deck of the Pier, and she loves the wind. She also loved munching on the bits of our lunch we gave her (a pickle in particular). It was definitely the most fun she has ever had at a restaurant.
Fun at lunch