walk around the lake

The other day we decided to take a walk around the lake. We had loose plans and enjoyed a slow pace.


Emma was hungry as soon as we left the house. Luckily she found a bag of dried fruit in the stroller. Its hard to keep up with this growing kid!


Snow Geese, like the fellows with their popsicle carts, are never too far away when you visit Lake Merritt.


I like to think that this is what one sees when they look through. Emma is short so she only sees the sky.

We stopped at a thrift store and bought Em a dress and me pants and a wool coat (that I tried to hand wash—story for another day). Also shopped at Lucky’s for lunch and more yeast packets to make bread!

Our picnic consisted of almond butter, rice cakes and carrots. Yum!


little chapel at Children’s Fairyland




Emma Clover loves the little chapel (Chapel of Peace) at Children’s Fairyland. It has beautiful stained glass windows and small proportions. She likes to stand at the front (the altar) and perform as she has seen many other kids do as well. Today she sang Frere Jacques. The light was quite lovely and she noticed the colorful reflections on the ground. We were excited to find the little organ open today. It doesn’t make any sound but is still fun to play.



new phone, different camera

My lovely nexus 4 was dropped enough times to break the gorilla glass. Not only do I need a good sturdy case, I need a new screen. So it is going to Texas to get fixed up. In the meantime I have a replacement. I told maiki that any phone would be just fine but I am eating my words because I have already begun complaining about the camera on this one. I really just want an awesome camera that texts and occasionally takes calls. ^_^




Lake Temescal


On Wednesday we went with friends to Lake Temescal. It was my first time visiting and it is quite beautiful! The swimming part of the lake has been closed for the last four weeks due to blue algae but we didn’t know that before we arrived. Instead we had a picnic and the littles played in the sand—which is all Emma Clover and I ever want to do. Sun, food and a little adventure. ^_^