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October 2023

You know it is October when you see the neighbors have put up their Halloween decorations.

maiki and I took a fun stroll around the Emeryville marina while Emma was at middle school hang out.

Been working on knitting this scarf.

Emma is taking Lego Engineering and a history of T-shirts classes at Hickman this fall.

We volunteered at the Autumn Lights Festival!

Emma celebrated her 12th birthday.

Emma visited the Dia de los Muertos event at the Oakland museum.

And visited the video game museum The MADE in Oakland.

I love shopping at the Berkeley markets (Monterey Market and Berkeley Bowl) in October. I have been buying so many persimmons!

And of course Halloween included a homeschool carnival and trick or treating on 4th Street in Berkeley.


Coffee, shortbread, received a special playlist, thrift store outing, finding a muppet comic, fennel and saltwater, windy shores, vegan cake, birthday cards, garlicy pasta, watching a favorite new anime and messages from loved ones all day long.

birthday time

Emma made me breakfast, I made the coffee. Almond butter on our home made bread with fruit is my favorite. Emma gave me 2 cards with frogs and one with a sea monster. She knows me so well.

We went to the final concert in the park in the afternoon. On our walk we ran into our friends. 🙂

Present with a pretty paper flower attached to a barette. Super cute!

A friend brought roses and cupcakes. And we had a bottle of prosecco.

The next day we went on a date in our neighborhood while Emma stayed home. Its a whole new world to be a part of now that we are parents who can go out alone!

trip to El Segundo

We travelled to Los Angeles to go to Disneyland, visit with family and celebrate Emma’s tenth birthday and Halloween. It was an epic trip!

Our evening flight was delayed but we still went to Disneyland the next morning. 🙂

Saturday we slept in and went to the Halloween frolic on Main Street. Emma dressed up and collected candy. We shared churro balls and they were so good!

Elayne hosted a birthday party for Emma. It was so much fun! Emma requested bbq ribs and chocolate brownies. She probably ate most of that fruit plate. 🙂

I drank frozen margaritas and chatted all night. Emma opened some presents and loved all the attention.

Sunday morning we went to breakfast and then brought flowers to where my Mom is buried. We were happy to see her stone was recently installed.

She is next to my brother Joey. It was nice to visit and there were lots of people bringing flowers to their loved ones.

Emma found sweet pictures in my parents album like this one when she was a baby!

That night we celebrated Halloween.

Emma trick or treated a little bit and also gave out candy at aunt Elayne’s house.

We had so much fun and I think Emma will always remember these days filled with love.