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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.

changing rooms again

Emma likes having her own room for the most part. She loves her dollhouse and desk set up in her own particular way. I appreciate that it all stays in her room now and I don’t have to share my opinion of her love of cluttered spaces. maiki and I like having our own space too. It feels like we share a cute studio that most reflects us. I think that we have finally figured out where all of the furniture fits well and our home is as comfortable as it can be. We don’t strive for less for the sake of minimalism but rather keep the items that are useful and spark joy, as they say. Having a one bedroom apartment for our family still works for now.

lately in july

The concerts in the park have begun and we are so excited. Listening to the Oakland municipal band is such a special activity for our family.

Also the nearby green monster climber has been repaired.

We went out to breakfast and visited stores in Emeryville last week. maiki was happy to find Jolt cola at BevMo. He was so jazzed.

Judy got a hammock for her backyard and we tried it out. First picture is Judy reading a Beatrix Potter book to Emma. It was so sweet to hear them discussing “The Two Bad Mice.” There is a lot of older language and Judy gave great explanations to Emma’s many questions. Next I laid in the hammock and I finally get what all the fuss is about. It was so relaxing!

Emma Clover’s room has a great sunny spot for us to lizard in. She likes to place her sequin purse in this spot and make her room sparkle all over. It is quite beautiful!