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photos from November


Walk on the first night of the autumn equinox.


Emma made a bonsai presentation for her charter school’s gathering of learners.


We took a family trip to the Monterey bay. It was so beautiful! This is in Santa Cruz (more photos to come!)


We visited Claude at the Academy of Sciences on thanksgiving day.


Our baby is getting so tall!



We went to Ardenwood farms with our charter school friends. Not much was happening that day but it was blessedly silent.

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.

Puppet Fair at Children’s Fairyland

We recently visited Children’s Fairyland for a Puppet showcase. It was an amazing day and the perfect opportunity to return to a favorite place. The line up of puppet shows was so wonderful and we also saw the children’s theater perform. Emma is now interested in joining them!

We watched the “Three Dinosaurs Gruff” performed by Randal Metz of The Puppet Company, “Jack and the Beanstalk” performed by the Children’s Theater, “The Frog Prince” performed by Fratello Marionettes, “It Could Always Be Worse” performed by Children’s Fairyland and A Bob Baker Marionette variety show.

“The Frog Prince” was the highlight of the day. maiki snapped a picture of me with the frog on my head. 🙂

There were many puppets presented from the archives. This is the dragon from “The Dragon Who Wasn’t.”

Kreepie & Batty are from “Tricks N’ Treats” which is my favorite puppet show from all the years visiting Fairyland. It is halloween themed and so funny and well written. We watched it for one season when Emma was small and have quoted it ever since.

Our last visit to Fairyland was for Halloween before the pandemic began. Emma Clover was already too tall to go on the carousel. We feared it may be the last time inside our neighborhood haunt with our maturing child.

Emma Clover was ecstatic to be back inside the park and raced around showing me her favorite details.