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then and now, with the whale mural

On Wednesday we walked down Virginia in Berkeley on our way to Emma’s class and decided to go and see if the whale mural was still there. Turns out there is a lot foliage growing all around the sea animals painted on the wall but we decided to take a picture with the whale to recreate this one that I took back in 2013. It is so very adorable to me and I am happy that Emma played along.

a day out

Saturday we walked all over Oakland and to Alameda. It was a lovely cool and breezy afternoon and we walked mostly on flat ground so we did not even feel that we had gone far at all.


We started walking around Lake Merritt and stopped at Snow park playground.

We watched the dragon boat races at the lake, stopped in Lucky’s market, looked in a thrift store and continued on our way.

We found a foot bridge that crossed over a highway, a train track and a BART track and decided to cross it to get to the marina.

Our path had led us to LJ Quinn’s Lighthouse restaurant where we stopped for calamari, peanuts and Drakes.

We walked along the Bay trail and unexpectedly found another playground.

The walk along the bay was so nice and we found a neat statue that paid tribute to women who helped shape Oakland, like the first school teacher.

Next we walked along the bridge that crosses over to Alameda.

Clover loves the toy shop there because they have used Calico Critters and she brought home some new friends.

lately in photos

We keep ourselves busy and are always having fun. Here is what we have been up to as of late.

Doing school. Learning math, reading Greek myths, going to knitting class, doing a science block on the water cycle, listening to Little House audio stories, reading, writing, spelling, library visits. You get the idea.

Play dates, potlucks and picnics.


Celebrated the harvest moon festival with moon cakes and moon viewing.

Baking and cooking and playing cafe at home.

Stephanie’s wedding

Stephanie and Justin were married at the Old Town Music Hall in El Segundo. It was an amazing place and I truly regret never going to the whole time I lived there. They handed out popcorn and candy and we watched a silent film while the Wurlitzer organ played accompanying music. Then the wedding party came in and they said their vows, the bride actually sang hers and the whole thing was precious.

I forgot to take pictures at the reception but Clover and I made sure to get in the photo booth before it got busy.