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. ^_^




On Sunday afternoon we had an appointment with a professional silhouette artist at Mr. Mopps book store in Berkeley. The artist, Karl Johnson was taught by his father and has been very successful as its not very common any more. I heard about the event through 510 Families and was so excited for the opportunity. We arrived early as they had asked but then found out that they were running behind schedule. Poor Emma Clover was super patient for so long since we had to wait a while for our turn but then barely sat thirty seconds on the chair. Karl worked on her silhouette super quick and it came out really cute! ^_^

Will definitely post a better picture soon!


lunch date

We had a family lunch date at Ratto’s deli today. We like it there because there is something that each of us really likes. maiki likes the hummus sandwich and greek salad. I like the lemon tuna and potato salad. And Emma likes the mozzarella/tomato/grape salad and the bean salad. We had a feast!




Ratto’s Deli is a fourth generation owned place that was established in 1897! I love visiting as so do many others as it always packed. ^_^



Emma Clover loves when maiki goes with us anywhere. She was especially silly as we meandered through Old Oakland.

a new photo book

I made a book to catalog pictures for Emma that tell a story about her origins. I had a bunch of old scanned photos that I wasn’t sure would print well but it really worked out. I do not keep photo albums and have many hundreds of photos in hard drives. My solution has been to create these simple books for Emma using Mixbook (they are about $30 each). She loves her previous books made with Instagram pictures that illustrate the days we have shared since I started staying home with her. This new one includes photos of me pregnant and her as a baby that we have yet to print. Needless to say the last pages of the book that include the photos of Emma are her favorite.