All posts by susan

our friends, “the goblins”

As I have mentioned before, we are very fortunate to have little gnomes painted on wooden plaques at the foot of the electrical poles around our home. Since Clover is a big fan of Little Bear they are referred to as goblins in our circle.


A few blocks from our house we found that next to one of the goblins is a little fairy door. It is the perfect size for the goblin and Clover was so very happy to discover it. I have seen the little doors at Fairyland and they are even available from the gift shop for anyone was interested to house their fairies, gnomes and goblins.


We sill look for the little goblins every day and Clover directs me to cross the street to be on the side that has the electrical poles. This kid has Oakland mapped out and has preferences about where we should walk everywhere so she is definitely paying close attention to her surroundings.


maiki found a couple goblins that were hung much higher on a pole near Whole Foods and of course they are holding balloons (that is how they floated up so high on the pole). So now we are all in the spirit of finding them around our neighborhood. Much to my surprise we have seen them further into Oakland than just Adams Point. I even spotted them walking in Rockridge, and I sure was happy to report back they are spreading.

emma at three years and five months


Clover is a few days shy of three years and five months and now seems so big. I tell her every day that she is growing so well. I see more of a big kid than the toddler that she once was.

three yrs four mos

Clover still loves the same things: books, Calico Critters and playing with her tea set.


Clover also now really enjoys legos, acting out stories for her wooden Little Bear friends, blocks and transportation toys.

In the mornings she plays for hours and with every single things that she owns. Its amazes me.

Sometimes I plan activities but mostly she likes free play that is self directed. Play dough and painting are fun activities we like to do together at the table.

There is always time for sitting down and reading books. All books, all the time around here. ^_^